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Charles Algernon ("Algernon") Wilson
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Editor of 'Adelaide Morning Chronicle'
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October 1852

Sent by Charles Algernon ("Algernon") Wilson, [none given] to Editor of 'Adelaide Morning Chronicle' [none given] on October 1852.

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12 September 2013 by Catchpole, Caroline

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Wilson, Charles Algernon. (1852). Adelaide Morning Chronicle, 1(104): 165-168. [p. 167]

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Reproduced with kind permission of the Wilson family

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[[1]]1 [p.167]

To the Editor of the MORNING CHRONICLE.

Sir,-- I have forwarded for a spare column in your journal, extracts from some letters recently come to hand from a relative, an explorer end naturalist, containing graphic accounts of the present aspect of animated nature in the vast Southern countries of the New World, and other matters of interest to the geographer, traveller, and lover of nature.

The party I allude to was, in the stirring times of the opening of the various railroads in England, and when quite a young man, employed with two of his brothers as engineers. When his various avocations in this line ceased, he began to yearn for a glimpse of foreign lands. He was fond of Botany from his early days, but after the receipt of letters from me, describing the Natural History of this Colony, he turned his attention more particularly to the study of Zoology, till he formed the idea of going to the Brazils with a single companion, as a collecting naturalist. He went, and arrived safely at Para. After a time he and his companion separated, each taking his own course, and it was shortly after this that I had letters from him. In these excursions he indulged his love of travelling, and has succeeded well in a pecuniary point of view as a collector. He is very persevering, and undeterred by common difficulties. He learnt the Portuguese language of the settled districts as he went on; though his principal object was to lay under contribution the hitherto but little known productions of the country of the Amazon and those adjacent, while carrying out which he was often quite alone.

With reference to some remarks in the following letters, in speaking of the virgin forests and prairies of the Americas, thirty, fifty, or one hundred miles are often alluded to as one would be in the neighbourhood of towns; much in the same way as astronomers on a grander scale number the distance in miles of the heavenly bodies from one another by millions. A younger brother of my correspondent, who was engaged in similar pursuits in the same part of the country, his object being the capture of some of the rarer mammalia and reptiles, was lately carried off at Para by the yellow fever. My relative last writes from Rio Negro, and talks of returning to England for two years, to publish a history of his wanderings, &c., and then proceed again to the former spot and recommence his travels, or perhaps come over to this Colony, though not for the purpose of gold digging; for not all the acquirements of wealth could procure for him the unalloyed pleasure he has experienced when wandering in the solitudes of the South American Continent, still flourishing in all their primeval grandeur.

NATURE AMATOR.

October, 1852.

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1. This introductory letter was written by Wallace’s cousin, Charles Algernon Wilson, 'Naturae Amator' being his pseudonym. See WCP5417 for the letter from Wallace which this text introduces.

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