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Record number: WCP345

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Walter Bates
9 November 1845

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales to Henry Walter Bates [none given] on 9 November 1845.

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


Re. arrival of beetles from Bates; design and cost of insect cabinets and storage boxes; "Vestiges of the natural history of Creation".

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LETTER (WCP345.345)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/16
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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Nov[embe]r. 9th. 1845.

D[ea]r. Sir

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 Societys 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 [[2]] 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 -- [[3]] 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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