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Record number: WCP1746

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Philip Lutley Sclater
[not recorded]

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Philip Lutley Sclater [none given] on  .

Record created:
28 October 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP1746.1630)

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

Held by:
Zoological Society of London
Finding number:
GB 0814 BADW
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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5, Westbourne Grove Terrace, w.

Friday morning

My dear Dr. Sclater1

I have not left my room since I was at the Meeting last Tuesday week or should have seen you before this. I hope I shall be well enough to come next Tuesday. Do you know any one who has skins of Paradiseas2? I should like to know Epim[achus]. magnus3, Astrap[ia]. mayeri4, P[aradisea]. sexsetacea5 & P[aradisea]. superba6 to complete [[2]] the set I think of exhibiting.

I should like much to see the Banjirmassing7[sic?] bird & will call as soon as I can get out.

I shall hope to show you my novelties next week.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

P. L. Sclater Esq.


1. Philip Lutley Sclater (1829-1913), an ornithologist.

2. Family name which includes birds of paradise.

3. The Long-tailed Paradise Bird or Superb Plume-Bird.

4. The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia or Shawn Mayers Astrapia.

5. The Six-shafted Paradise Bird.

6. The superb bird of paradise.

7. Banjarmasin in Indonesia.

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