Catalogue number: WP1/2/26
Letter from Wallace to his daughter Violet sending her tickets to the zoo, describing the socialist novels he has just read and his plans for numerous trips to London, dated May 1892.
In many of the letters Wallace wrote to his daughter Violet, he sent tickets for London Zoo. Here he sends 'two for Sunday's Zoo...and also 4 for any day'.
He got free entry to the Zoo when he was made a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in 1862. This was for 'services rendered to zoological science', namely that he had collected a pair of live male lesser birds of paradise (Paradisea minor) from Singapore, for sale to the ZSL.
Wallace was particularly fascinated with the birds of paradise on his expedition to the Malay Archipelago.
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