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Record number: WCP1463

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe
20 July 1859

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Menado [Manado], N. Celebes [north Sulawesi] Island, [Indonesia] to Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe [none given] on 20 July 1859.

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LETTER (WCP1463.1242)

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

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Natural History Museum
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NHM WP1/8/263
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Menado, N. Celebes.

July 20th, 1859

My dear Sir

In reply to your note of Apr. 18. allow me to assure you, that I never imagined you know of my wishes as to my private collection, & I only meant to inform you that I was making no special exception in your case. The express stipulations I had made with Mr. Sanders to have complete lists published of all those parts of my private colln. I gave info to him & also of any parts of the coleoptera he could make arrangements to have worked out, would I imagined have made my intentions apparent to Mr. Stevens without a special intimation as to lending my private colln. which however I imagined (I suppose erroneously) I had also given him. I was not aware that to this day any one has published selected species from my private colln. but yourself. Mr. Tatum never did anything but put [1 word illeg.] names to a few sp. of Geodephaga & give me some information who[?] I requested from him. Mr. Bali has I know been at work on a monograph of the [[2]] Hipidae[?] for which I presume he has had the specimens you refer to. In groups of little difficulty as the Cicindelidae & Papilios I shd have an objection to new sp. forms being described [&] figured, but the Longicorns are a most difficult & complicated group, & I want assistance in working them out.

I am still in hopes you may take up some of the genera or give a complete catalog of some local collection-An excellent opportunity of this kind occurs in my Batchian colln. wh[ich] will probably arrive soon after you receive this. It is I believe perfectly virgin ground, as I am not aware of any insects being known from the island before, a list of any family therefore possess general interest. I obtained about 150 species,-many very curious & some very fine insects, among them I think the handsomest Glenea known & a grand new Tinesisternus.

Of a considerable number the sexes are determined which adds much to the completeness of the colln. It will give me very great pleasure to hear that you will undertake to make a complete [[3]] list of these, with descriptions of the new species. There occurs an extraordinary case of two Gleneas twice taken "in copulo"-yet I cannot consider them as one species because they are the most dissimilar of the series. One of the pairs taken you will see in my private collection, & I invite your opinion on the matter. I may remark that in every case in which specimens are marked ♂. ♀. they have been taken "in cop." When paired from sexual characters I merely place the specimens together without making them as ascertained sexes.

You are no doubt aware that my hobby is "Geog. distribution",-which I am glad to hear you are also interested in,-but it is for that very reason that I am so anxious that my collection should be worked at either classificational or geographic groups. Is there any hope of us getting the rest of Whites B. M. Cat. of the Longicorns? Catalogues published in that fragmentary manner are almost useless [[4]] as the first parts become quite obsolete by the time the last are published. I hope Lacordaires work[?] on the family will be out soon.

A line from you when convenient will give me much pleasure

I must now remain | Yours truthfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature] |

F. Pascoe. Esq.


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