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To V. O. Kovalevsky   20 May [1867]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 20

Dear Sir

I write merely a line to acknowledge your note of May 14 & to say how sorry I am that the proof sheets were lost.2 But you will have received I hope by this time the clean sheets & my note.3 They were sent via France, but I hope this will not cause a second loss. In both cases the sheets were sent open at the 2 ends.4

Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 14 May 1867.
CD had sent proof-sheets of Variation to Kovalevsky for his Russian translation. See letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 14 May 1867.
CD sent revised sheets on 1 May (see letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 May [1867]), and clean sheets with his letter of 16 May [1867]. Kovalevsky received the revised sheets on 14 May and the clean sheets shortly after (see letters from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 May 1867 and [after 24? May 1867]).


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


CD is sorry proof-sheets were lost; hopes clean sheets will have arrived.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
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Institut Mittag-Leffler
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5541,” accessed on 13 August 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15