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To V. O. Kovalevsky   24 September [1872]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sept. 24th

My dear Sir

I have written to the Printers to send you to Euston Rd. the 2 first sheets;1 & I thought that I had sent you finally corrected copies.—2

I returned yesterday by Book-Post the Work, about which you were so very kind.—3

I regretted extremely that I saw so little of you that evening, for there were many points on which I shd. have liked to have talked with you;4 but such is my fate: I kept very unwell all yesterday & now my wife insists that I must stop work & leave home for a time & I suppose I must.5 In fact there is not much more work left in me.—

Farewell, I wish you all success.— | Yours very sincerely | Ch Darwin


Kovalevsky was using the proof-sheets of Expression for his Russian translation ([Kovalevsky] trans. 1872). He was staying at 218 Euston Road, London (letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 10 September 1872).
CD had evidently given Kovalevsky an earlier version of the first two proof-sheets. See letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, [c. 7 August 1872], and letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 10 August [1872].
Kovalevsky had visited Down on 22 September 1872 (Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242)).
CD stayed at Sevenoaks from 5 to 26 October (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II) and letter to J. D. Hooker, 4 October [1872]).


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

[Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], trans. 1872. O vyrazhenii oshchushchenii u cheloveka i zhivotnykh. By Charles Darwin. Translated from the author’s proofs under the editorial direction of Prof. A. Kovalevsky. (Russian translation of Expression.) St Petersburg: Tipografia F. S. Sushchinskogo.

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


Sends proof-sheets [of Expression].

Is unwell and must stop work and leave home for a time.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Sent from
SP 24 72
Source of text
Institut Mittag-Leffler
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8533,” accessed on 15 September 2023,

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