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Record number: WCP1344

Sent by:
Francois Louis Nompar de Caumont Laporte
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
26 August 1861

Sent by Francois Louis Nompar de Caumont Laporte, Singapore to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 26 August 1861.

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23 May 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP1344.1123)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/8/156
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Francois Louis Nompar de Caumont Laporte Literary Estate.

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26th august 1861

Dear Sir,

I received with much pleasure your letter of July { 2 -- Ternate2 20 -- Surabaya3,4 -- the invoice in return for your bag must be since a long time in the hands of Mr Stevens (London).

I am getting for you a complete list of my duplicates from Siam, Cambodia and the Malayan Peninsula. From the last I have certainly many sorts new for you. Since two years my people collecting in Ligor5, Tringanu[sic]6 [illegible word] (I have 3000 sorts from the Peninsula) -- the bag will contain 1200 specimens. I desire in exchange a complete list of your duplicates from Dorey7, Ternate, Buru8 and Timor [[2]] from those localities I have nothing-- from Menado[sic]9 I am almost in the same can[?]. I have a great many from Ceram10; my people are since one year in Sumatra and they are going to Borneo. I have people in Cambodia and Birmania[sic]11 and I am going to send an expedition to Laos very soon.

You will find the bag ready for you at Singapore. If I[sic] whas[sic] not there it would be in the hands of the owner of the hotel d’Europe Mr Castelyns12.

I should like you on your arrival in England to make [[3]] me an invoice of 2000 insects that will be an advance of 800 that I will pay by with insects of Birmania[sic], Laos, Cambodia and Labuan13 when they will come.

I remain, Dear sir, in expecting the pleasure of seeing you here | your’s[sic] int.ly[?] | Count de Castelnau14 [signature]

Consul of France at Siam

hotel d’Europe Singapore


1. "WPI/3/156" in pencil the top left corner in an unknown hand.

2. Ternate is an Indonesian island.

3. Surabaya is a city in Indonesia.

4. These dates and locations are written one above the other in the original.

5. Ligor in Thailand is now known as Nakhon Si Thammarat.

6. Terengganu (formerly spelled Trengganu or Tringganu) is a sultanate and constitutive state of federal Malaysia.

7. Dore Bay is in West Papua, Indonesia.

8. Buru is an island in Indonesia.

9. Manado is a city in Indonesia.

10. Ceram is an island in eastern Indonesia.

11. Birmanie is the French-speaking form of Burma.

12. Mr and Mrs Casteleyns opened the Hotel de l’Europe at 36, Hill Street, Singapore in 1858.

13. Labuan is a territory in East Malaysia.

14. François Louis Nompar de Caumont Laporte (1810-1880), naturalist and diplomat.

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