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Record number: WCP836

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Charles Owen Waterhouse
11 May 1909

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Charles Owen Waterhouse [none given] on 11 May 1909.

Record created:
18 March 2011 by NHM


Encloses a shabby little Morpo [sic], from Rio Grande do Sul. Can Waterhouse give him the name on a postcard and if it is a common species? [Morpho thamyris ?Felder].

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LETTER (WCP836.1008)

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

Held by:
Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM DF200-52-524
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard



May 11th 1909

Dear Mr Waterhouse

I enclose a shabby little morpho, from Rio Grande do Sul1. Can you give me the name on a post-card, and if it is a common species?

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. Rio Grande do Sul is the Southernmost state in Brazil.

2. Written at the end of the letter in an unidentified hand is: "The insect seems a much rubber [?] specimen of Morpho thamyris, Felder not uncommon in Southern Brazil. 12.v.09 Jattern [?]".

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