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Record number: WCP5224

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Samuel Henshaw
22 July 1889

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset to Samuel Henshaw [none given] on 22 July 1889.

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05 April 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5224.5751)

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 2900.10.3
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorsetshire

July 22nd. 1889

Sam[ue]l Henshaw Esq.

Dear Sir

The leaf butterfuly does not confine itself to any particular species of plant to settle upon, but a very common form of leaf of the small trees and shrubs of the Malayan jungle agrees closely with the form of the wing of the insect.

The peculiarity of form, as shown is enclosed outlines, [[2]] consists in the short stalk and elongated apical portion of the leaf, and this form is found I think in trees & shrubs of many distinct genera & orders.

As the butterfly has a wide range in the Malay Region, & an allied species in India, it is evident that its protectiveness does not depend or its resembling the leafy any one species of plant.

Yours truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Please note my change of address. A.R.W. [signature]

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