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From J. W. Draper   15 February 1875

New York | University Washington Square

Feb 15th 1875

Charles Darwin Esq.

My Dear Sir

Will you permit me to introduce to your friendly notice Mr N. Jovanovitch of Belgrade, Servia.1 He desires to have a conversation with you respecting the translation of some of your works into Servian. And being a friend of Professor Meta Rakitch of the Servian Literary Society who has already translated one of my books (History of the Intellectual Development of Europe) into that language,2 I would earnestly commend him and the object he has in view to your courteous attention

I am dear Sir | Your obedient Servant | Jns W Draper.


N. Jovanovitch has not been identified.
Draper’s book (Draper 1864) was translated into Serbian (‘Servian’ was an alternative spelling at this time; OED) by Mita Rakić (Draper 1871–4). Rakić was elected a member of Srpsko Učeno Društvo (Serbian Learned Society) in 1872 (Milićević 1888–1901). A Serbian translation of Origin, made by Milan Radovanović and authorised by CD, was published in 1878 (Radovanović trans. 1878; see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to Milan Radovanović, 25 August [1876]).


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

Draper, John William. 1864. History of the intellectual development of Europe. 2 vols. London: Bell and Daldy.

Draper, John William. 1871–4. Istorija umnoga razvića Jevrope. Translated by Mita Rakić. 2 vols. Belgrade: Srpsko učeno društvo.

Milićević, Milan Dakov. 1888–1901 Pomenik znamenitih ljudi u srpskog naroda novijega doba 2 vols. with addendum to 1900. Belgrade: Cupićeva zadužbina.

OED: The Oxford English dictionary. Being a corrected re-issue with an introduction, supplement and bibliography of a new English dictionary. Edited by James A. H. Murray, et al. 12 vols. and supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1970. A supplement to the Oxford English dictionary. 4 vols. Edited by R. W. Burchfield. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1972–86. The Oxford English dictionary. 2d edition. 20 vols. Prepared by J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1989. Oxford English dictionary additional series. 3 vols. Edited by John Simpson et al. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1993–7.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Asks to introduce Mr. N. Jovanovich of Belgrade, Serbia.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9854F,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23