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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   21 January 1882

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan 21 1882

My dear George,

As soon as you have 5 minutes to spare, read what follows. Kowalevsky writes “I have a great service to beg of you, is it not possible to have for a few days the paper of your son George about the moon, I could not get it in London as it is out of print, if your son has some spare copies I will feel most obliged if he may spare one for me”.1

If you can do so, I also should be particularly obliged. He is now Prof of Geology at Moskow and no doubt his wife will be able to explain your paper to him.2 His address is

11 Rue de la Tour des Dames


where he will remain for some days. If you cannot spare a copy let me have the reference to send him.

I hope you are not utterly dead with your work. | Yours affectly | Ch. Darwin


Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky had requested the paper in his letter to CD of 18 January [1882]. The paper was probably G. H. Darwin 1879b.
Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya was interested in George’s work on the rotation of a viscous or elastic body (see Correspondence vol. 28, letter to G. H. Darwin, 9 December [1880] and n. 3).


Darwin, George Howard. 1879b. On the secular changes in the elements of the orbit of a satellite revolving about a tidally distorted planet. [Read 18 December 1879.] Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 171 (1880): 713–891.


Asks GHD to send a copy of his "paper on the moon" [probably Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 171 (1880): 713–891] to V. O. Kovalevsky.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 113
Physical description
LS 3pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13631,” accessed on 13 September 2023,