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Record number: WCP2159

Sent by:
Edward Percival Wright
Sent to:
Alfred Russel Wallace
1 November 1879

Sent by Edward Percival Wright, [Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland] to Alfred Russel Wallace [none given] on 1 November 1879.

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30 November 2011 by Mayer, Anna


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LETTER (WCP2159.2049)

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. 55-56
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the Edward Percival Wright Literary Estate.

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Trinity College Dublin

Nov. 1. 1879.

My dear Wallace

I entrust you with Peter's2[sic] letter of this time five years. which will I think satisfy you about[?] the two Coecilies3 -- you will perceive the specimens (mine) were compared with those in Paris. Peters does not say so4 & as this was meant to be a chapter in my book I am anxious to be very correct. Have you W.H. Smith Tailed Amphibians5 [?] He comments p126 on this strange geographical distribution -- I also in Animal Life. I sent you the sheet and hope when really out[?] You may [[2]] be sent a copy.

Of these specimens & I think[?] these. But[?] they are covered up with an avalanche of the Challenger Alcyonaria6 -- of C. rostrala I shall send them to [1 word illeg.] I felt sure he had taken some of mine – Meoodlente[?]

As to your queries --

Zootoca viviparea. Certainly not uncommon with us -- we have no[?] other lizard. Fine warm June days in sunshine and could disappear in certain places. Shew [sic] them from --

Bufo calamita. So[?] our only toad. called Natterjack[.] It is very local. Being confined to a small sandy district. Rossbegh7. [sic] [[3]]8 in Kerry. It is common where found[.] There is a tradition that it came from Spain. See Mag Nat Hist.9 Vol 9. p 316 (1836) but then 'they say' of every out of the way thing that is found in the S.W. It is however curious that this toad has never spread far -- & get the [1 word illeg.] is [1 word illeg.] going to write every[?] where. But this is not so for I would call it very rare in the S. West -- for except Achill.[?] do I think they have ever as yet reached to any of our large W. or S.W Islands --

Triton punctatus is common -- or pallipes -- of this seafood species [1 word illeg.] uncertain of Irish.

Do not overlook my Seychelles Bat Coleura

Ever yours | E P Wright10


1. Page numbered 55 in pencil in top RH corner and "Ans[were]d." hand-written in ink in top LH corner.

2. Peters, Wilhelm Carl Hartwig (1815-1883). German naturalist and explorer.

3. May refer to Coecilians, tropical amphibians that superficially
resemble earthworms or snakes.

4. Words in square brackets inserted below the underlined words "were compared".

5. Smith, William Henry (1846-1925) The Tailed Amphibians, including the caecilians. 1877, Herald Publishing House, Detroit, Mich.

6. Alcyonaria (subclass of Anthozoa) collected on scientific expedition of HMS Challenger (1873-1876).

7. Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

8. Page numbered 56 in pencil in top RH corner.

9. Annals & Magazine of Natural History.

10. Wright, Edward Percival (1834-1910). Irish botanist and zoologist.

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