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From V. O. Kovalevsky   29 January 1871


29 Jan. 1871.—

Dear Sir

I am extremely glad that the long pause in Your letters was caused only by overwork, but as Your letters must have been miscarried by the post I thought that you are angry 〈w〉ith me; from my departure at the 14 Oct. from London I did not receive not a line though the proof sheets arrived regularly.1 I have no pretensions however to induce You to carry a correspondence as Your time is so limited; and You will be so kind not to answer this letter as I write it only to explain my anxiety. To morrow we start for Paris and You shall hear perhaps from me perhaps in this day week, if the past relations with England will be reestablished.2 All the proof sheets of the whole first & second volume to the page 160 I received in due time.

Pray remember me to Mrs Darwin & the ladies3 | and believe me | Very truly Yours | W. Kowalevsky


See letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 January [1871] and n. 2. CD’s letter to Kovalevsky has not been found. Kovalevsky was translating Descent into Russian.
See letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 January [1871] and n. 3. Paris fell to the Prussians on 28 January 1871. ‘We’ refers to Kovalevsky and his wife, Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya.
Emma Darwin, Henrietta Emma Darwin, and Elizabeth Darwin. Kovalevsky had last visited Down sometime between 27 August and 1 September 1870 (see Correspondence vol. 18, Appendix II).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Has received all the proof-sheets of first volume and of second volume to p. 168 [Descent].

Leaves for Paris tomorrow.

Letter details

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Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 169: 86
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7463,” accessed on 14 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19