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To V. O. Kovalevsky   10 August [1872]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug 10th

My dear Sir

It is no trouble to me to write short notes. I sent off duplicates this morning of 2 finally corrected sheets; & shall soon be able to send more.—1

There is a difficulty about the Heliotype Coy. as they want to charge far more than their printed estimate; & I do not know how we shall agree, but I will inform you as soon as I hear.2

We leave home for 8 days on Tuesday morning, as I am quite done up.—3

My book will now be finished very soon.—4

I am sorry to say that I have never even heard of the book to which you refer.5

Before you leave England pray come & lunch or dine here; I shall be most happy to see you.—6

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

P.S. I see I have forgotten to say, that the sole verbal agreement which I wish to make with you is that you shall give me some moderate percentage of any clear profits which you may make.—


CD was sending Kovalevsky the proof-sheets of Expression for his Russian translation of the work (see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 8 August [1872]).
CD was at Leith Hill Place in Surrey, the home of the Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline Sarah Wedgwood, from 13 to 21 August 1872 (‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
CD finished correcting the proof-sheets of Expression on 22 August 1872 (‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
Kovalevsky visited CD on 22 September 1872 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Wundt, Max Wilhelm. 1863. Vorlesungen ueber die Menschen- und Thierseele. Leipzig: L. Voss.


Sends proofs and details [concerning VOK’s Russian translation of Expression (1872)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Sent from
Au 11 72 | AU 12 72
Source of text
Institut Mittag-Leffler
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8462,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20