A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Total Pages : 4
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Smith, Sam
Transcription date: August 19, 2013
Scrutiny: 19/08/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Frith Hill, Godalming
August 25th. 1885
Dear Miss Becker
I have never heard of such a beetle as you describe and as there are about 100.000 different kinds of beetles already known it requires a very full description indeed to recognize one. Many beetles eat little or nothing in the pupet[pupal?] state & will live months without food, but they then die. If the gentleman who possesses the beetle wishes to know all about it, he should write to Osbert Salvin1 Esq. F.R.S. [] Hawksfold, Fernhurst, Haslemere2. Mr. Salvin has travelled & collected in Central America, & is now bringing out an immense work on the Natural History of that region, & would know about the beetle if any one in England does, - & if not would could no doubt be glad to describe & figure it in his work.
Believe me | Yours very sincerely | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. Osbert Salvin (1835 - 1898), English naturalist.
2. Haslemere is a town in the borough of Waverley, Surrey, England.
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