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From V. O. Kovalevsky   [after 12 August 1872]1

British Museum


Dear Sir!

I am very happy if I could be of any use to You with Wundt’s book, I am looking over the first volume now but find little interesting for You, still after having marked the point that may interest You I will send the vol. to Down.2

If Thursday is not inconvenient for You, and the day is fine (as I shall have to walk from Orpington), I will with Your permission call early in the afternoon, returning back by the evening train.—3

Very truly Yours | W. Kowalevsky

Ch. X 2. 35— 3. 11— 4.— 4. 49—

8. 20— from Orp.4

CD annotations

Bottom of letter: ‘6o 52’ | 8o 24’ ’ pencil; ‘Physic’ pencil, del pencil


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, [12–17 August 1872].
CD’s letter to Kovalevsky has not been found; he evidently agreed to Kovalevsky’s suggestion that he mark passages in Wundt 1863 for their possible relevance to Expression (see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, [12–17 August 1872] and n. 2).
Kovalevsky’s next recorded visit to Down was on 22 September 1872 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
The numbers are train times between Charing Cross and Orpington stations.


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.


VOK is marking the passages [in Wundt, Menschen und Thierseele (1863)] that may interest CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Euston Rd, 218
Source of text
DAR 169: 59
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8476,” accessed on 13 July 2024,

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