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To Milan Radovanović   [before 12 February 1878]1

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note & kind congrat. on my coming B. D.2 I thank you for your photo.3 & as you wd perhaps like to possess mine, I send it.—

With respect to the Preface to your S. Edit. I really have nothing special to say, excepting that I sincerely hope it may be in every way successful.—4 In this case I shall have the great satisfaction of thinking that I may aid in turning the attention of some few young men towards the natural sciences, in a country, which many persons in England believe will soon take an eminent place amongst the nations of E.5

Pray believe me | — —



The date is established by the references to CD’s birthday and to the Serbian translation of Origin (see nn. 2 and 4, below).
The note from Radovanović has not been found. CD’s birthday was on 12 February.
The photograph of Radovanović has not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.
CD had given Radovanović permission to translate Origin into Serbian (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to Milan Radovanović, 25 August [1876]). The translation was published by the end of August 1878 (Radovanović trans. 1878; see letter from Marinko Radovanović, 30 August 1878); CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.
‘E’: Europe. Serbia had proclaimed independence and declared war on the Ottoman Empire in June 1876. After the war ended, boundaries were renegotiated with the signing of the Treaty of Berlin on 13 July 1878 (see J. K. Cox 2002, pp. 53–4). See also Correspondence vol. 24, letter from Milan Radovanović, 18 August 1876.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Cox, John K. 2002. The history of Serbia. Westport, Conn., and London: Greenwood Press.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks for congratulations on his coming birthday. Has nothing special to say as a preface to S[erbian] edition [of Origin (1878)], except to hope it is in every way successful.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 202: 79
Physical description
ADraft 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10827,” accessed on 16 June 2024,