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Record number: WCP5096

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Henri de Bonvouloir
16 October 1863

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London, W. to Henri de Bonvouloir [none given] on 16 October 1863.

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21 February 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5096.5589)

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

Some French translation in parts of the letter in another hand.

Held by:
Historical Archive, Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Müncheberg Germany
Finding number:
Inventory 76, Autographensammlung Ferrari
Copyright owner:
İA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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5 Westbourne Grove Terrace

London. W[est].

Oct[ob]er. 16th. 1863

Le Mons[ieu]r. H. de Bonvouloir1

Dear Sir2

My friend Mr Pascoe3 who is going to Paris on Tuesday next will kindly take the box of Eucnemides4 for you & will leave it in charge of Mr. A. Deyrolle5.

In the box you will find a list of the abbreviations used on the locality-ticket6, which will enable you to ascertain the exact locality of each specimen, & on the other side of this sheet I send you the few notes I possess on the habits of the species taken by myself. [[2]] Mr. Janson assures me that none of the specimens sent are Elateride7. Should you find however on a closer examination that there are some specimens of this or any other family not belonging to your group I shall be obliged by your taking the first opportunity of returning them to me.

You can send me the amount agreed on by a bill on a London Banker, or can if you please entrust it to Mr. Pascoe.

When you publish the descriptions & list of the species I shall be much obliged by your sending me two copies of your article.

I remain My dear Sir | Very sincerely yours | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

P.S. I enclose my photograph & shall be most happy to receive yours. ARW.8


1. Henri de Bonvouloir (b.1838), member of the Entomological Society France

2. French words are written in pencil above words throughout the text.

3. Francis Polkinghorne Pascoe (1813-1893), English entomologist

4. Eucnemidae is a family of beetle.

5. Achille Deyrolle (1813-1865), French entomologist.

6. The ‘y’ in ‘locality’ has been written over ‘ies’.

7. Elateridae is a family of beetle, commonly known as click beetles.

8. Written diagonally in the bottom left corner of the page.

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