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Record number: WCP2151

Sent by:
Edward Richard Alston
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
13 August 1879

Sent by Edward Richard Alston, St Andrews House, Ayr, N.B. to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 13 August 1879.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2151.2041)

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

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British Library, The
Finding number:
BL Add. 46436 ff. 42-43
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edward Richard Alston Literary Estate.

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St. Andrews House

Ayr, N. B.

13th Aug[us]t 1879

My dear Sir

I have just received yours of the 11th inst[ance]. There is certainly no species or well-marked variety of mammal which is peculiar to the British Islands. Sorex rusticus. Jenyns = S.pygmaeus, Pallas + S. minutus, Linn. (the latter name having priority), is widely distributed throughout the Palaearctic Region. Lepus hibernicus, Yarrell = L. Canescens, hilsson, and is merely a low ground variety of Lepus [[2]] variablilis Pallas; it occurs in the Southern provinces of Sweden as well as in Ireland, and its principal peculiarity is that it rarely becomes white in winter. Two "species" of Arnicola have been supposed to be peculiar to Britain namely A. neglecta, Thompson and A. britannicus, De Selys, but they are both certainly identical with the common North European species A. agrestis, De Selys, and cannot be distinguished even as distinct varieties.

[[3]] You will find the references &c. to these synonyms in the second edition of Bell's "British [1 word illeg.]"

I am, Dear Sir | Yours very truly | Edward R. Alston [signature]

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