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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Transcriber: Smith, Sam
Transcription date: August 16, 2013
Scrutiny: 16/08/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
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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 [] 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 [] 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
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.
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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