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Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Hermann August Hagen
On:
26 January 1870

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, 9 St Mark?s Crescent, Regent?s Park, NW to Hermann August Hagen [none given] on 26 January 1870.

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05 April 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline

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LETTER (WCP5225.5753)

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Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayer Library, Harvard University
Finding number:
bMu 2900.10.2
Copyright owner:
Copyright of the A. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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[[1]]

9, St. Mark’s Crescent

Regent’s Park

London. N.W.

Jan[uar]y. 26th,1870

Sir

Dr. John L. Le Conte1 has recommended me to write to you, to ascertain if the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Cambridge Massachusetts, would wish to purchase a collection of Insects of old all orders found[?] in South Australia during the last 30 years by my cousin T. A. Wilson Esq. & which he is now obliged to part with.

The Collection consists approximately

D. Hagen.2 [[2]]

of the following specimens & species

species

specimens

Coleoptera

2650

7500

Orthoptera

130

200

Neuroptera

100

200

Hymenoptera

600

1000

Lepidoptera

400

800

Homoptera &[c].

200

500

Diptera --

100

300

Duplicates --

...

500

4180

11,000

About three fourths of these are from the comparatively little known colony of South Australia, and as they form an entire private collection of an amateur resident there [[3]] are many unique & they are mostly in fine condition.

To make the collection more valuable, I would if you desired it have all the species authentically named by comparison with types in English collections, also indicating those wh[ich]. appear to be new.

For the entire collection thus arranged, & packed for transmission to America, the price would be £200 which is about 4½d a specimen and less than a shilling per species. [[4]]

Should you not wish the whole, I sh[oul]d. be glad to receive an offer for any part of the collection.

It will probably arrive in the spring or summer.

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

ENDNOTES

1. John Lawrence LeConte (1825-1883). American entomologist.

2. Wallace has written the addressee’s name at the bottom of the first page of his letter. Hermann August Hagen (1817-1893) was a German entomologist.

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