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Record number: WCP835

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Owen Waterhouse
31 January 1907

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Charles Owen Waterhouse [none given] on 31 January 1907.

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18 March 2011 by NHM


Dr Spruce's letters to Kew which ARW is preparing for publication indicates that he sent to Stevens three small lots of beetles collected at Tarapoto Peru (in 1856), at ?Pacyaen, R Bombonasa Ecuador (in 1856) and at Banos Ecuador (in 1857) etc. Could Waterhouse look up the records of the purchase - number of species & proportion new ones?

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LETTER (WCP835.1007)

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

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM DF200-52-116
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Broadstone, Wimborne

Jan[uar]y 31st 1907

C.A. Waterhouse Esq.1

Dear Mr. Waterhouse

On reading over Dr. Spruce's2 letter to Kew, (which I am now preparing for publication) I find that he sent to Sam[ue]l Stevens3, 3 small lots of Beetles, collected at Tarapoto, Peru (in 1856) - at Pacayacu. R.4 Bombonasa Ecuador (in 1856) and at Baños Ecuador (in 1857).

As I have no doubt they were first taken to the Museum (as was S. Steven's practice) and that you had a set or selection of them, I should be very much obliged [[2]] if you could look up the record of what was purchased for the Museum and give me, roughly, the number of species & the proportion of new ones; and also whether since that time you have had any or many collections from those localities.

I wish to be able to give a short account of these collections in a foot-note, - and also to obtain some knowledge of the districts entomologically, because my young friend Birch, who is now just starting for Minas-Gerais5, for the [[3]] Tring people, will probably after a year or two there, go up the Amazon to Tarapoto, or the Ucayali.

He (spruce) also sent some Land and fresh water shells from Tarapoto & other localities in the Andes. Will you kindly ask Mr. Edgar Smith, to send me a note as to those, and if he thinks the region of the Huallaga6 and Ucayali are still worth collecting in.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1 Beetle, megasoma actaeon7 deformed from Tarapoto

C.W. [signature]

Sent Smith's note 11/2/07 CW [signature]


1. Charles Owen Waterhouse (1843 - 1917), entomologist.

2. Richard Spruce (1817 - 1893), botanist.

3. Samuel Stevens was Wallace's collections agent.

4. River.

5. One of the 26 states of Brazil.

6. River that is a tributary of the Marañón River, which is part of the Amazon Basin.

7. A rhinoceros beetle belonging to the Scarabaeidae family.

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