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Alfred Russel Wallace
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Samuel Stevens
26 November 1859

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Awaiya, Ceram [Seram] Island, [Indonesia] to Samuel Stevens, [London] on 26 November 1859.

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30 May 2012 by Szentgyorgyi, Katherine


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Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1860). Letters from Ceram and Amboyna. Ibis, 2: 305-306. [p. 305-306]

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[[1]]1 [p. 305]

"Awaiya, Ceram, Nov. 26, 1859.

"I have nothing particular to say now, except that Ceram is a wretched place for birds. I have been here a month, and have got literally not a single pretty or good bird of any kind, except the small Lory I sent before from Amboyna; and, what is more, neither European residents nor natives know of a single handsome bird in the country, except one or two Lories and Pigeons, which I have not yet got or seen. When Mr. Gould and others talked about the very fine birds of Ceram, you should have asked them to specify them, that I might know what to inquire or look for. My only hope is now in the eastern part of the island; but I cannot expect there anything but one or two fine Lories. In [[2]] [p. 306] Coleoptera and Butterflies I shall do better, though almost all are the same as at Amboyna. I am at present confined to the house from the bites of an Acarus, which produces inflamed sores on the legs, though it is invisibly small. My three best men have all left me--one sick, another gone home to his sick mother, and the third and best is married in Ternate, and his wife would not let him go: he, however, remains working for me, and is going again to the eastern part of Gilolo."


1. Editor Charles H. Smiths Note: First of three extracts from letters on collecting dated 26 November 1859, Awaiya, Ceram, 31 December 1859, Passo, Amboyna, and 14 February 1860, Passo. Printed in the Ibis issue of July 1860.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smiths The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S059.htm

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