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To Cassell, Petter, & Galpin   24 August [1867]

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

Aug 24.

Dear Sir

I have had much correspondence with M. Kovalevsky, & he has visited me here. I have formed a very high opinion of him, as his knowledge is extraordinarily great. He is brother of a distinguished naturalist—1 He is preparing a translation of a book which I shall soon publish & has translated & published some very expensive German works into Russian.2 He has made me very liberal offers for the translation of my book.3 I should certainly on my own part trust M. Kovalevsky to almost any extent, but you will see that it is obviously impossible for me to answer for his pecuniary circumstances. As far as I can judge his circumstances appear to be good.

Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky’s brother was Alexander Onufrievich Kovalevsky.
V. O. Kovalevsky was translating Variation into Russian. He had also translated part of Alfred Edmund Brehm’s Thierleben ([Kovalevsky] trans. 1866–70; see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 May 1867).
Kovalevsky left the financial arrangements for his translation to CD, and CD decided not to demand payment (see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 15 March 1867, and letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 16 May [1867]).


[Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], trans. 1866–70. Illyustrirovannaya zhin zhivotnykh; vseobshchaya istoriya zhivotnago tsarstva. By Alfred Edmund Brehm. (Russian translation of Brehm et al. 1864–9.) 4 vols. in 5. St Petersburg: Kukol-Yasnopolskii.

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


Letter recommending V. O. Kovalevsky to a publisher.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Cassell, Petter, & Galpin
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.333)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5615,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

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