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Record number: WCP4258

Sent by:
Henry Walter Bates
Sent to:
unknown correspondent
16 April 1863

Sent by Henry Walter Bates, King Street, Leicester to unknown correspondent [none given] on 16 April 1863.

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15 May 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4258.4370)

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Quentin Keynes Collection
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Copyright of the Henry Walter Bates Literary Estate.

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King Street


16 April 1863

My Dear Sir

I am glad to find I made no mistake in supposing you would be greatly interested in a new book on the Amazons. Mr Wallace told me you had made the literature concerning South America your particular study & I anticipate a great treat from your forthcoming article in Macmillan.

I shall be eager to give you any [[2]] information you require that may be in my power. I can answer at once your query concerning Alfred R[ussel]. Wallace. He is the same man who explored the Malay Archipelago & New Guinea. His history & connection with me are briefly these.

In 1847 Mr. A[lfred]. R[ussel]. W[allace]. being then an Architect & Surveyor at Neath, South Wales proposed to me a journey to the banks of the Amazon, I having previously made his acquaintance whilst he was master at the Collegiate School of my native [[3]] town, Leicester. He remained 4 years in the Amazons, returning in 1852. In 1854 He departed on his journey to the East, returning [1 word illegible], after having thoroughly explored many of the islands of S[outh]. E[ast]. Asia in April 1862. He told me he had met you at Cambridge during [a] meeting [of the] Brit[ish]. Ass[ociation]. last year. There is nothing very remarkable in persons going out to make collections in new countries for sale; what (I venture to say) [[4]] merits some attention about Mr Wallace, and in a very far less degree of myself, is that his main object -- [one word crossed out] which he never lost sight of -- was the study of the objects [one word crossed out] collected with a view to philosophical conclusions. For this end we have both retained complete collections of certain large groups for [one word crossed out] private study.

Your suggestions regarding mocking[?] butterflies are very important; but I must defer a reply to them until next week. I am now extremely busy packing up my collections for removal to London, which I go tomorrow. I will write to you soon from my new address

Yours sincerely | H. W. Bates [signature]

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