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Record number: WCP3689

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Alfred Russel Wallace
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25 August 1885

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming to Becker [none given] on 25 August 1885.

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12 January 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP3689.3594)

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ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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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. [[2]] 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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