A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 2
Transcriber: Sloyan, Victoria
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
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 [] 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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