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To V. O. Kovalevsky   1 and 6 January 1881

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

Jan 1st 1881.

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your kind & magnificent present of the fine Russian Tea; & I will this evening drink your good health in a cup of it.—

I enjoyed much seeing you & Madame Kovalevsky the other day in London, & I rejoice at your prosperity & at your appointment at Moscow.—1 I feel sure that you will do real good work.—

My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Jan. 6th. This letter has been returned to me by the Post-Office, marked not known at

13. Montague St | Russell Sqr2


CD had had lunch with Kovalevsky and his wife Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya at Queen Anne Street in London on 9 December 1880 (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to G. H. Darwin, 9 December [1880]). Kovalevsky had been appointed associate professor of geology at Moscow University (see ibid., letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, [after 21 November 1880]).
CD had been given this address for the Kovalevskys during their stay in London (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to G. H. Darwin, 9 December [1880]).


Thanks VOK for the Russian tea.

Rejoices at his prosperity and appointment at Moscow [Associate Professor, Moscow University, 1880–3].

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12963,” accessed on 2 March 2024,