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From V. O. Kovalevsky   [after 24? May 1867]1

Dear Sir

I am not quite sure that You have received my last letter in which I informed You, that I have received the Revise sheets, and some days afterwards, the clean sheets.— I asked Your opinion as to the propiety of adding at the end of the Book, on separate Plates, all the species and varieties of animals You mention in Your work, taken from Brehm’s Thierleben, all the casts of woodcuts from this work beeing in my possesion.—2 I may inform You that at least I send yesterday the bear You have so kindly accepted and probably in two weeks You will receive it.3

The casts from the woodcuts of Your work arrived some five days ago,4 they are made very well, so that I have now only one very impatient desire to receive some more sheets of your work.— As the casts are all in my possetion, be so kind, my Dear Sir, if only possible, to send me revise sheets without awaiting clean ones. Your kindness spoilt me, and so I am growing importunous and wishing for more.

Believe me | Yours very faithfully | W. Kowalewsky

P.S. If you put the revise sheets in ordinary letter-covers and send them without prepaying it will be the safest and shortest way to forward them.—


The date is conjectured from the relationship between this letter and the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 May 1867. Kovalevsky would probably have waited at least eight days for a reply to his letter of 15 May, since he knew that it took about four days for a letter to reach him from Down; see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 14 May 1867.
Kovalevsky had written to CD on 15 May 1867 to say that he had received proof-sheets of Variation and to suggest adding to his Russian translation woodcuts from Alfred Edmund Brehm’s Illustrirtes Thierleben (Brehm et al. 1864–9).
See letters to V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 May [1867] and 16 May [1867].


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Repeats details of his previous letter [5537] as he was unsure whether CD received it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 169: 69
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5538,” accessed on 29 May 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15