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Record number: WCP344

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Walter Bates
13 October 1845

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales to Henry Walter Bates [none given] on 13 October 1845.

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01 June 2002 by Lucas, Paula J.
Verified by:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline (All except summary checked);


Re. exchange of insect specimens with list of those recently collected and wanted; difference between Donacia impressa and D. linearis; design of an insect cabinet; Mr Kirby's cabinet; Ray Society; butterfly Colias hyale.

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LETTER (WCP344.344)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/15
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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October 13th. 1845.

D[ea]r. Sir

I send you insects you mentioned would be acceptable to you and also a Biston Betularia I took 3 of at Leicester --. Galeruca rustica I have only taken one specimen of, but shall endeavour to get more next year -- I am very much obliged to you for your long letter which has given me much pleasure & if you can spare the time I shall hope for another --

The difference between Donacia impressa & D. Linearis is very slight but I think & hope I am right in the species.

I have taken Atopa cervina, here and also Serica brunnea, one of each also one Cryptocephalus minutus -- and near London by beating in an [[2]] oak tree I took one of the Buprestidae, a small species "Agrilus viridis".

I have taken also "Sphaerula Lythri" a small species of the Curculionidae, which perhaps you know.

I shall be much obliged to you for any of the following of which you can send me good specimens.

Chlaenius vestitus

Ophonus azureus

Chrysomela hyperici

Brachinus crepitans

Donacia dentata

D.[onacia] nigra -- if you have any duplicates

Agonum marginatum

Dromius melanocephalus

D.[ romius] angustatus.

Helops striatus.

Please name them --

[[3]] I shall be glad of any butterflies you have to share -- Argyrium Aglaia or any other of the large fritillaries Hipparchia Galathea & Thecla quercus both which I believe are Leicester species.

I have considerable thoughts of setting up a Cabinet myself this winter -- I have been thinking how to have it made the best & most economical method -- How do you think it would do to have the drawers made with a groove at the top & the glass nicely squared to slide in & fit tight, with a piece at the end to finish up the square of the box -- I think it would save the expense of a separate frame for the glass. [[4]] How is Mr Kirbys made? --

Has he one of sides made double so as to leave a space for Camphor -- that is very necessary

I quite despair of ever getting a good collection of moths -- I have had specimens of a good many species but very few good ones -- The "rubi" larvae I shall not attempt to rear this winter --

I do not see why I should not find some in the spring

I have a very fine male moth of Lasiocampa Quercus from a larva I took at Leicester What Books do you get from the "Ray Society"? and are they such as you could not purchase for the Guinea elsewhere? --

"Colias Hyale" (if you were sure of the species) was I should think the rarest Leicestershire Insect you have seen -- I send the Insects in a small collecting Box, which will be I think quite safe.

[[5]] I remain | Yours sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

[to] Mr H.W. Bates

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