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Record number: WCP5226

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

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon to Thomas William Bland, [45x47 Exchange Place, New York, USA] on 31 December 1879.

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05 April 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP5226.5754)

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. 31st. 18791

My dear Sir

Many thanks for your kindness in sending me the list of Bermuda shells, and also for the valuable note on Geog[raphical]. Dist[ribution].

I shall be very glad indeed to learn about the lizard[?] on Bermuda from Prof. Cope2, as I have not been able to find anything about it.

Do you know if anything has been published in America on the insects, beetles especially, of Bermuda. There aught to be some peculiar species.

The list of West Indian shells will be a very interesting & valuable [[2]] contribution to Geog[raphical]. distribution, & I hope it will soon appear.

You do not give, in your list of Bermuda shells, any other locality for Helix ventricosa Drap.3 I suppose it is not a peculiar species.

I have now nearly finished a volume on Insular Faunas and Floras4 -- a kind of supplement to my large book5, and treating of many interesting matters I was not then so well prepared to discuss.

My best wishes | Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]

Tho. Bland Esq.


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

2. American anatomist Edward Drinker Cope (1840 - 1897).

3. A species of snail.

4. Wallace, Alfred Russel; Island Life, Or the Phenomena and Causes of Insular Faunas and Floras; 1880

5. Wallace, Alfred Russel; The Geographic Distribution of Animals; 1876

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