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Record number: WCP347

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henry Walter Bates
August 1846

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales to Henry Walter Bates [none given] on August 1846.

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


Re. lack of response from Bates to sending of insects and letter two months earlier; current scarcity of insects near Neath; arrival of Lepidoptera from a friend in Georgia, USA, including sketch of Bombyx (moth); death of Lepidoptera larvae collected.

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LETTER (WCP347.347)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM WP1/3/18
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate
Record scrutiny:
22/05/2012 - Catchpole, Caroline;

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August 1846

D[ea]r Sir

I have been expecting to hear from you for some time -- About two months ago I sent you a box of Insects & a letter separately -- One of which at least[?] I presume you have received.

I trust nothing very calamitous has befallen you to retard your Entomological correspondence.

I have not done much of late -- the weather has been really unfavourable -- on fine days the "painted lady" [[2]] Brimstone, peacock & Admiral are all abundant, also Hipparchia semele on dry hills, R[abbit][?] burrows & stony banks[?] but I have not yet succeeded in taking a good series for myself, from the rapid motion & shyness -- I have at last taken a pair of Cicindela maritima, th[e]y do not seem at all abundant this year as Mr Dilwyn says they generally are -- I have not however been down to the Burrows lately -- Geotrupes sylvatica is abundant now[.] I have also taken G. vernalis -- I have been [[3]] very unsuccessful hitherto with the Chrysomelidae -- A pair of C. varians & f[emale][?] C. Hyperia being all I have taken --

I have taken a good many curious Diptera & Hymenoptera & have received a few Lepidoptera from a friend (not an Entomologist so they are bad specimens) in Georgia. U.S[.] -- 3 or 4 papilios and a fine green Bombyx with long tails to the hinder wings

[a sketch of a moth appears here with the following text to the lower right of the drawing: "thin[?] but double the size"]

[[4]] I hope to have some more & in better condition soon --

I am very unfortunate in Lepidoptera a fine Chrysalis of Stauropus fagi which I have kept since last year has not come out & is apparently dead as is also a larva of the same I had this[?] year.

Several larva of Acronycta alni? have died -- & I have now a pupa of Saturnia (the Emperor) which I fear is likewise gone -- I have taken some nice [1 word illeg.] Tachypus bipunctatus, T. striatus & T. pallidipennis -- also [1 word illeg.] collari. I must now conclude & hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Mr. H. Bates.

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