Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Neath, Glamorganshire to Henry Walter Bates [none given] on 9 November 1845.
Re. arrival of beetles from Bates; design and cost of insect cabinets and storage boxes; 'Vestiges of the natural history of Creation'.
A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
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Transcriber: Barton, Michael
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 16/05/2012 - Hill, Jenny; 20/06/2012 - Moody, Liz; 26/11/2012 - Beccaloni, George; 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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Nov[embe]r. 9th. 1845.
I am very much obliged to you for the "Beetles" you sent me -- the Donacia[']s & Chrysomela I feel most interest in -- You must be very rich in the latter genus. --
I have seen some good Cabinets by those at the Entomological Society’s Museum & others -- & I know that the cost made in that style is a guinea per drawer -- But still a very good cabinet might doubtless be made for [] less --
Have you seen any of the Boxes you mention -- If they are glazed they must be cheap & very convenient as you can add to them at your leisure & as your stock of Insects increase & with a nice Bookcase to keep them in they would look as well as, or better than a cabinet --
Can you be so kind as to let me know their dimensions whether they are glazed, & the address of the maker -- [] I shall eith[er] get a dozen of them or some sort of Cabinet this winter --
Have you read "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation"1? or is it out of your line? --
I remain | Your sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
Mr Henry Bates.
1. This was published anonymously in 1844. The subject was so controversial that the author, Robert Chambers, (1802-1871) Scottish publisher, author, geologist and pro-evolutionary thinker, was not acknowledged until after his death.
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