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Record number: WCP5220

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Thomas William Bland
1 December 1879

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon to Thomas William Bland, [45x47 Exchange Place, New York, USA] on 1 December 1879.

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05 April 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5220.5747)

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

Held by:
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayer Library, Harvard University
Finding number:
bMu 2900.10.1
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon

Dec[embe]r. 1st. 1879.1

Dear Sir

Can you oblige me with a list of the Land Shells of the Bermudas Islands? I have your list of 1861 -- and also a short list by Dr. Tristram2 -- in the Proc[eedings of the] Zool[ogical] Soc[iety]3 for 1861 containing 6 or 7 not in your list and I dare say others have since been discovered. If you could oblige me, adding to each species whether it is peculiar to the Islands, or if found elsewhere (stating where generally) you will greatly oblige me.

I am preparing a book mainly on the peculiarity of insular faunas, and as the land shells of Bermuda appear to be the only group in which there are any [[2]] peculiar species, they become especially interesting.

I remain Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Thomas Bland Esq.


1. 'LETTER TO THOMAS BLAND' has been stamped onto letter at a later date, presumably for archival purposes.

2. English clergyman and traveler Henry Baker Tristram (1822 - 1906).

3. The Proceedings of The Zoological Society of London, a zoological journal published since ~1833.

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