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From V. O. Kovalevsky   20 September 1870

Dear Sir!

I received yesterday the books You were so kind as to present to my brother;1 but really I am very sorry as to have given You an occasion to put Yourself in the inconvenient position of buying Your own works for presents.— I must be very careful in the numerous applications I generally adress to Yous, because Your awewhelming kindness overturn all my calculations. I send the books by Post to day to Naples and shall confort myself with the hope that perhaps a successfull revision and confirmation of Your discovery about the males of the Scalpellum will be some sort of repayement for Your kindness.2

Your very truly | W. Kovalevsky

20 Sept. 1870.


Kovalevsky had asked to borrow a copy of CD’s work on Cirripedia for his brother, Alexander Onufrievich Kovalevsky (see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 September 1870). CD may have sent the two volumes, Living Cirripedia (1851) and (1854).


Living Cirripedia (1851): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Lepadidæ; or, pedunculated cirripedes. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851.


Thanks for Cirripedia. Sorry CD has had to buy the books.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 169: 82
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7322,” accessed on 14 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18