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Record number: WCP794

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Edward Percival Wright
29 October 1879

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon to Edward Percival Wright [none given] on 29 October 1879.

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18 March 2011 by NHM


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LETTER (WCP794.966)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM Catkey-395833
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon

Oct[obe]r. 29th 1879

My dear Percival Wright

Many thanks for your notes which are just what I want. I have been over them with Gunther at the B.M [British Museum] & he has given me the range[?] of all. & the names of the makes[?]. The only thing we cannot make out are the two Caecilias1 [sic]. They have none from you in the Museum, & in the Catalogue, C. rostrata2 in from S. America (& the Seychelles in the Paris Museum), while C. oxyura3 is only noted from Malabar.

Can you tell me who has your specimens & whether they have been determined by comparison with the Indian & S. American [[2]] types of these two species, as if4 so it will be one of the most interesting cases Geog[raphical] Dist[ribution] known.

Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R Wallace [signature]

P.S. Can you or any of your colleagues tell me if the following reptiles & amphibia are admitted to be natives of the Ireland as recorded in Bell.

1. Zootoca vivipara5

2. Bufo calamita6 -- S.W. of Ireland

3. Lissotriton punctatus7 yes8

4. " palmipes9 --?



1. Caecilians are an order of amphibians that resemble worms or snakes

2. C. rostrata is a species of sedge

3. C. oxyura is a species of Clidemia, a flowering plant

4. The word is written as of with an i written over the o

5. Zootoca vivipara is the binomial name for the Common Lizard

6. Bufo calamita is the binomial name for the Natterjack Toad

7. Lissotriton puncatus is a species of newt

8. Text in the hand of Alfred Wallace saying "Yes"

9. Lissotriton palmipes is the binomial name for the Palmate Newt

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