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Darwin Correspondence Project

From V. O. Kovalevsky   20 September [1872]1

British Museum

20 Sept. Friday.

Dear Sir

I beg Your pardon of not being able to come yesterday, but You were treatened with a foreign invasion and to save You the bother of two separate visits I sacrificed the pleasure of having You all to myself and intended to join the invaders. However there is no more danger now and if You will allow me I’ll call at Down on Sunday by the 2o30 train returning at 9’ or, if the morning hours are more comfortable to You, I will come by a morning train and return in the afternoon.2

Your very truly | W. Kowalevsky

P.S. To save You writing a letter I will take the liberty to consider Your silence as a sign of approval.

CD annotations

1.5 the 2o … 9’]‘3o. 9’— Here at 14 to 4’ pencil


The year is established by the reference to Kovalevsky’s visit to Down, which took place on 22 September 1872 (see n. 3, below).
Kovalevsky visited Down on 22 September 1872 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).


His visit to Down.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
British Museum
Source of text
DAR 169: 67
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8528,” accessed on 13 August 2020,

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