Sent by Charles Owen Waterhouse, British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, S.W. to Alfred Russel Wallace, [Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset] on 25 November 1908.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 2
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: O'Dell, Sandra
Transcription date: April 9, 2015
Scrutiny: 09/04/2015 - Benny, Ruth;
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BRITISH MUSEUM (NATURAL HISTORY)
Nov[ember] 25th 1908
Dear Dr. Wallace,
I can only give you very rough figures of the number of described insects
Hymenoptera 45,000 (estimated from De la Torre’s2 catalogue)
[] These numbers differ a little from those given by Kirby3 in his 2nd Edition of his text book4, but I think the numbers given above are about right --
Yours faithfully | Cha[rle]s. O. Waterhouse5 [signature]
1. Page numbered 306 in pencil in top RH corner. The Royal Coat of Arms (in the letterhead of a National Institution) appears in the top LH corner. ?
2. de la Torre-Bueno, Jose Rollin (1871-?)
3. de la Torre-Bueno J. R. (1937) A Glossary of Entomology. New York Entomological Society, N.Y., is an expanded and modified version of John B. Smith (1906) An Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology, Brooklyn Entomological Society, N.Y. However, the published work is not the catalogue referred to in the letter dated 1908. An earlier unpublished catalogue available at the date of the letter has not been traced.
3. Kirby, William (1759-1850) English entomologist and country priest; an eminent parson-naturalist. He is considered the "founder of entomology".
4. Kirby, William & Spence, William (1816) An introduction to entomology: or, Elements of the natural history of insects. 4 vols., 2nd Edition. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London.
5. Waterhouse, Charles Owen (1843-1917) English entomologist and Assistant Keeper at the British Museum (Natural History), London. He wrote on Buprestidae (jewel or metallic wood-boring beetles) in DuCane Godman and Salvin’s Biologia Centrali-Americana (1889) and papers on the worldwide beetle collections of the museum, describing hundreds of new species.
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