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To Milan Radovanović   25 August [1876]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug. 25th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your courteous letter & kind present of Häckels work.2 Should the state of your country permit the translation of my Origin of Species, I shall be much gratified & should be pleased to possess a copy.3 The state of your Father-land excites the deepest & universal sympathy in this country, & everyone wishes most earnestly to see it freed altogether from the tyranny of the Turks.—4

With much consideration, I remain | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Milan Radovanović, 18 August 1876.
See letter from Milan Radovanović, 18 August 1876 and n. 5. Radovanović had sent CD Aleksa Radovanović’s Serbian translation of Ernst Haeckel’s Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte (Natural history of creation; Haeckel 1875b).
The Serbian translation of Origin was published in 1878 (Radovanović trans. 1878); CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down.
Radovanović was serving as a doctor in the Serbian–Ottoman war (see letter from Milan Radovanović, 18 August 1876 and n. 2).


His thanks for the present of Haeckel’s work.

He will be much gratified to have MMR translate Origin if the state of his country permits. [See 10580.]

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10582A,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24