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Record number: WCP2034

Sent by:
Edward Richard Alston
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
27 April 1880

Sent by Edward Richard Alston, [Zoological Society of London] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 27 April 1880.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2034.1924)

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

Held by:
British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46436 ff. 105-106
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edward Richard Alston Literary Estate.

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[[1]]1, 2, 3

27. 4. [18]80

My dear Sir,

I return the proofs -- the following are the only suggestions which occur to me.

P. 33 . 1. Are you sure of F. catus in N.W. India? It seems not at all improbable, but it is quite new to me.

2. Both Stoat & Weasel certainly extend to N. America. See Cones's "Fur-bearing Animals."

P. 48 3. You have omitted the most remarkable of the rodents characteristic to the N. American fauna -- Haploodon, which is certainly the type of a distinct family. [[2]]

4. The American "Jumping Mouse" cannot stand as Jaculus, for that name was originally given to an old World form. It should be Xapus hudsonicus. Cp. Cones & Allen's Mon. N. Am[erican]. Rodentia.

5. The family of Pouched Rats sh[oul]d certainly be called Geomyidae and my Saccomyidae -- for the Saccimys is merely a synonym of Heteromys. Altho[sic] very characteristic of the Neartctic Region the family is not "entirely peculiar" to it -- it is well represented in Central America & some forms appear [[3]]4 to extend to the West-Indies.

6. You have surely made a slip of the pen in saying there are "no true Otters" in N. America -- both L. canadensis & L. felina are typical Lutrae.? Subgenus Latax[?].

I shall be delighted if I can help you further. In running my eye over the pages I see that the birds' names have not been corrected yet -- I put a x at one or two, but did not go carefully with them.

Yours very truly | Edward R. Alston[signature]5


1. 'Alston' is written lightly at the top of the page.

2. The page bears the stamp of the Zoological Society of London.

3. 105 is written in the page's upper right hand corner.

4. 106 is written in the page's upper right hand corner.

5. Below the signature is a stamp depicting a crown encircled by the words 'British Museum'.

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