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From V. O. Kovalevsky   [c. 7 August 1872]1

218 Euston Road | Gower Street.

Dear Sir

As You expressed a wish to have the proof sheets sent back I do so to day with excuses for having detained them perhaps too long a time.2 As this is the only time when my brother is free from his lectures,3 and I may too devote my evenings to the subject, I will be extremely grateful if You could send me, while I am staying in London, the second proofs of the following sheets of Your book on Expression; I have already translated the two first.4

I have called on Mr Murray on account of casts, and he said me, that he is ready to supply me with them on receiving a line from You expressing Your permission for him to do so.5

Pray excuse me for the trouble I give You and believe me | Yours very truly | W. Kowalevsky


The date is established by the reference to Kovalevsky’s visit to Murray and his returning of proof-sheets to CD (see nn. 4 and 5, below).
Kovalevsky began receiving proof-sheets of Expression in July. He wrote to his brother Alexander Onufrievich Kovalevsky in a letter dated 26 July [1872], reporting that he had received and already translated the first two proof-sheets (Gaisinovich ed. 1988, p. 188).
A. O. Kovalevsky was a lecturer at the University of St Vladimir, Kiev.
In a letter to A. O. Kovalevsky of 7 August [1872], Kovalevsky reported that he had received six proof-sheets of Expression, three of which he had sent back, and that he expected to have the others finished within six days (Gaisinovich ed. 1988, p. 190). In a letter written in mid-August, he reported he had sent back the six sheets to CD (Gaisinovich ed. 1988, p. 193).
Kovalevsky visited Murray on 7 August 1872 or shortly before; he wrote to his brother on the evening of 7 August following his visit to Murray, informing him of his estimates of costs, including the cost of the heliotypes (Gaisinovich ed. 1988, p. 191).


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


Requests proofs of Expression.

Letter details

Letter no.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky (Владимир Онуфриевич Ковалевский)
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
British Museum
Source of text
DAR 169: 58
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8522,” accessed on 14 July 2020,

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