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Record number: WCP1274

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Walter Bates
9 June 1846

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales to Henry Walter Bates [none given] on 9 June 1846.

Record created:
23 May 2011 by NHM
Verified by:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


About new cabinet, collection and "latest good captures" amongst other things.

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LETTER (WCP1274.1053)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/94
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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June 9th. 1846

Dear Sir

I should have written to you before but I have been rather busy with my Cabinet which I have at length got, & which pleases me very well.

While I was about it I thought I would have a good one. It contains 28 drawers each 13½ in. x 17½ in the clear inside fitted with camphor cells front & back & with proper glass frames to lift out. The drawers are made of cedar & mahogany & & the doors sides & top of mahogany french polished. It stands ab[ou]t. 3ft high with a bookcase on the top of it which it was made to match. I have got the 12 upper drawers glazed to commence with. They will I [[2]] think contain a very good collection of British Coleoptera.

The cabinet itself cost me £10 and cork, glazing, & paper for the whole I calculate will come to £4 more but that will be by degrees. So that will be 10s. a drawer instead of a guinea & though of course not quite equal to the best it is still quite good enough for me for the present.

I have arranged my Geodephaga in 2 drawers leaving spaces for all the species in Mr. Dil[l]wyns list & many others that I think it likely I may obtain. I am also arranging the Curculionidae. Leaving spaces for what one has not got exposes [[3]] the paucity of ones collection amazingly.

I have sent up a Guinea to the Ray Society but do not know how to get the Books without expense. How do you manage? I have been unable to get Stephens nomenclature so have been obliged to write all the names for my Cabinet which after all does not take so much time if you go about it regularly.

My latest good captures have been Oedemera coerulea, Cleonus sulcirostus[,] Clytus arietus, Phoedon fastuosa and Dorcas parallelipipedus. The two first pleased me much. The weather has been wonderfully fine & warm last week the thermometer was 85º in the shade on several days.

I do not know how it is with you but here there is no Hawthorne blossom, not above one bush in [[4]] a thousand have a single bud on.

It must be accounted for by the want of solar light & heat last summer, which was not sufficient to enable the plant to elaborate the necessary juices to form flower buds -- though I have been many times to the Burrows I have not seen a single Cicindela hybrida yet. I hope I shall have better luck next time.

You mentioned in one of your letters a monograph of the Libellulidae; what is the price of it & what kind of a work is it? I send on another sheet a list of my principal captures & duplicates -- when I receive your next I shall send you a box full. Save me some Donacia crassipes if you can.

I must now subscribe myself.

Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Mr H. W. Bates.

[[5]] Conortion "v. moderate" w.p.c.

Value c. £8 to £9

Cabinet £15-£20

"[cabinet] & book case £23-£251


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