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NHM-WP01.003.003    Correspondence:   Greenell John, Wallace Mary Anne, Wilson Thomas, Sims Frances née Wallace, Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Herbert Edward, Draper Mr, Webster Mr  1835.07.05   Letter to Thomas Wilson from M A Wallace, from Hertford, 5 Jul 1835, asking how she should act to claim from him, as their Grandfather's executor, money due to her children, given his financial difficulties; particularly payment due for William's board and apothecary's bill, and Fanny's legacy. Place: England (Hertford, Hertfordshire) Notes: No in contents list: 1. Annotated in another hand, possibly A. R. Wallace's, in ink: "From Mrs Wallace to Mr Wilson, about legacies &c from Mr Greenell ... also about John ... board to pay."
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NHM-WP01.003.004    Correspondence:   Wallace Mary Anne, Draper Miss, Greenell John, Wilson Thomas, Wilson? Martha  1835.08.12   Letter from Mary Anne Wallace (signed with illegible initials) to Miss Draper, from Hertford, 12 Aug 1835, re Mr Wilson's financial difficulties, consequent loss of legacies owed to the Wallace children, and opinion that Miss Draper's father, as the co-executor of John Greenell's will, may be liable to pay them; stoppage of interest payments, pressing debts; asking Miss Draper to intercede, her father being ill. Place: England Hertford Hertfordshire Notes: No in contents list: 2. Annotated in ink possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand "Letter from Mrs. Wallace to Miss Draper (August 1835) about Mr Wilson's bankruptcy & Mr Draper's joint Executorship under Mr John Greenell's Will". The ink annotations are over and mostly obscuring earlier pencilled annotations with apparently similar text which includes question marks.
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NHM-WP01.003.006    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace John, Wallace William G, Hill Sir Rowland, Wright Samuel, Frost John,  1840.01.11   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his brother John, from Kington, 11 Jan 1840, re the Penny Post, including a poem on the subject; John's membership of the Literary Society; Chartist trials at Monmouth; description of lodgings and Mr and Mrs Wright. Place: England Kington Herefordshire and Worcester Notes: Letter no in contents list: 4
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NHM-WP01.003.007    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Frost John, Crutwell Clement Henry  1840.01.12   Letter from A. R. Wallace to George (Silk) from Kington, 12 Jan 1840, with sketch plan in pencil below address, re Hertford Literary Society; Penny Post; countryside around Kington; Chartist trials; Crutwell and other acquaintances in Hertford. Place: England Kington Herefordshire and Worcester Notes: Letter no in contents list: 5. Part of wax seal present. Edges torn and text missing - hole about 6cm x 2 cm near seal. Some text heavily crossed through and unreadable.
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NHM-WP01.003.005    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Wright Samuel  1840.01.15   Letter from A R Wallace to George (Silk), from Kington, 15 Jan 1840 asking about closure of library (in Hertford?) and sale of its books, and describing his rail journey to Kington, Kington area, outdoor pleasures of land surveying; Chartists. Place: England Kington Hertfordshire Worcestershire Notes: No in contents list: 3. Annotated in pencil, possibly by A. R. Wallace, "to George Silk".
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NHM-WP01.003.008    Correspondence:   Wallace Thomas Vere, Sims Frances née Wallace  1841.06.[24]   Letter from her father T V Wallace, to Fanny (Frances Wallace) from Hoddesdon, 24? Jun 1841, wishing her a happy birthday. Place: England Hoddesdon Hertfordshire Notes: Letter no in contents list: 6. Seal present. Edge and internal tears. Date may be "21st".
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NHM-WP01.003.009    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Herbert Edward  [1842.03.16]   Letter in the form of a poem, from A. R. Wallace to Herbert Wallace at Mr Perry's Academy, Shenfield, Essex, from Neath?, 16 Mar 1842? describing the countryside of Wales. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 7. 1 large folio, folded, torn, and with a hole in the text where seal is missing. Pencilled annotations apparently in A. R. Wallace's hand throughout. Annotated in pencil near address, possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand "March 16th 1842".
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NHM-WP01.003.010    Correspondence:   Wallace William G, Sims Frances née Wallace  1844.08.08   Letter from W G (William George?) Wallace to Fanny (Frances Wallace) from Neath, 8 Aug 1844 re his new lodgings and hope for work; asking after friends in Hertford; wishing her a pleasant voyage and advising her to get some creosote for toothache. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 8
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NHM-WP01.003.013    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter  1845.06.26   Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 26 Jun 1845, listing (insect) specimens sent, including some to be identified and a series of Aphodus from the Brecknockshire Beacons; and re collecting trip there, insects and plants collected; plans for an insect cabinet and thorough study of a few (Coleoptera) families. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 11. Annotated in blue pencil in A. R. Wallace's? hand " Journey to Beacons". 2 folios in separate melinex pockets
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NHM-WP01.003.014    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Shuckard William Edward,  1845.10.03   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Mr Bates, from Neath, Glamorganshire, 3 Oct 1845 re failure to collect many insects while surveying land in Wales; list of duplicate specimens; purchase of Shuckard's "Coleoptera". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 12
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NHM-WP01.003.015    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Kirby William  1845.10.13   Letter from A. R. Wallace to H W Bates, from Neath, 13 Oct 1845 re exchange of insect specimens with list of those recently collected and wanted; difference between Donacia Impressa and D. linearis; design of an insect cabinet; Mr Kirby's cabinet; Ray Society; butterfly Colias hyale. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 13. Accompanying loose note (destroyed) in Sandra Knapp's hand c. 2001/2 : "Model for design of insect cabinet | A. R. Wallace to H W Bates 13th Oct 1845". (Emma Bennett, personal info 19/12/02.)
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NHM-WP01.003.016    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Chambers Robert  1845.11.09   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Henry Bates, from Neath, 9 Nov 1845 re arrival of beetles from Bates; design and cost of insect cabinets and storage boxes; "Vestiges of the natural history of Creation". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 14
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NHM-WP01.003.017    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Chambers Robert, Lawrence William, Pritchard James C, Humboldt Alexander von Baron  1845.12.28   Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 28 Dec 1845 re insect cabinets and boxes; opinion of "Vestiges of the natural history of Creation", the progressive development of species, Lawrence's lectures on Man, Pritchard's physical history of man, distinction between species and varieties in man, Humboldt's "Cosmos". Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 15. 2 folios
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NHM-WP01.003.011    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Spry William J, Darwin Charles Robert, Lyell Sir Charles, Humboldt Alexander von Baron, Kirby William, Spence William  1846.04.11   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Mr Bates, at Leicester, from Neath, 11 Apr 1846 re exchanging monthly lists of (insect) captures; plan to keep a journal recording natural history captures with location, time and notes; periodical appearance of insects; meteorology; lists coleoptera taken in March 1846; opinion of the writing of Lyell, Darwin and Humboldt; Kirby and Spencer's entomology; Spry's figures; lack of natural historians and books in Neath. Place: England Neath Glamorganshire Wales Leiceste Notes: Letter no in contents list: 9. The year is given in the list, incorrectly, as 1845.
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NHM-WP01.003.012    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Dilwyn Mr,  1846.05.03   Letter from A. R. Wallace to H Bates, from Neath, 3 May 1846, re coleoptera specimens wanted from Bates's list, specimens he has available for exchange; sending a tracing of a map showing Crymlin (Crymlyn) Burrows, geology and plants there; Neath and Swansea valleys including a small ink sketch; plans to collect in Swansea area; Dilwyn's catalogue of Swansea coleoptera; entomological pins and microscopes. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Swansea Wales Notes: Letter no in contents list: 10. List gives year incorrectly as 1845. 2 folios each in separate melinex pocket.
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NHM-WP01.003.018    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter  1846.08.00   Letter to H Bates from Neath, Aug 1846 (no day date) re lack of response to sending of insects and letter two months earlier; current scarcity of insects near Neath; arrival of lepidoptera from a friend in Georgia, USA, including sketch of Bombyx (moth); death of lepidoptera larvae collected. Place: Neath Glamorganshire Wales Georgia USA Notes: Letter no in contents list: 16
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NHM-WP01.003.019    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Oken Lorenz  1847.10.11   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Dr Bates, from Neath, 11 Oct 1847 re trip to London and Paris; describing the architecture, museums, galleries and boulevardes of Paris; the layout and operation of the Jardin des Plantes including a sketched section showing cabinets and cases in its museum of mineralogy; study of insects at the British Museum to name his collection of American coleoptera; desire to take one family and study thoroughly with regard to the theory of the origin of species; Ray Society; Oken's "Elements of physiophilosophy" and variety, distribution and arrangement of species. Notes: Letter no in contents list: 17. 4 folios.First folio annotated on front in blue pencil in A. R. Wallace's? hand "See near End"; sections mentioning origin of species marked or underlined in the same blue pencil.
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NHM-WP01.003.075    Correspondence:   Wallace Herbert Edward, Sims Frances née Wallace  [1849.06.07]   Letter from (Herbert) Edward Wallace to his sister Fanny, from Neath (Wales), Monday 7th (June 1849?) re sailing for Brazil to join A. R. Wallace. Place: Pará Brazil Neath Wales Notes: See WP1/3/88, for details of annotated 1904 envelope in which this letter was stored when received at the NHM. See Raby p. 47, n 29. re date.
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NHM-WP01.003.076    Correspondence:   Wallace Herbert Edward, Sims Frances née Wallace  [1849].09.00   Letter from (Herbert) Edward Wallace to Fanny, from Tantarein (Brazil), Sep (1849?) re plans to travel down the Amazon to Montalogre; description of the town; sighting of a blue pig. Place: Brazil Notes: See WP1/3/88, for details of annotated 1904 envelope in which this letter was stored when received at the NHM.
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NHM-WP01.003.021    Correspondence:   Wallace Herbert Edward, Spruce Richard, King Robert  [1850.03.15]   Letter from Edward Wallace (Herbert Edward) to R Spruce, from Barra, 15 Mar 1850?, re arrival at and living conditions in Barra, including a doggerel verse. Place: Barra Brazil Notes: Letter no in contents list: 20. No year date. Annotated in pencil in an unknown hand "1851?", but 1850 seems more likely given the location (See Raby p. 57, n. 53)
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NHM-WP01.003.020    Correspondence:   Wallace Herbert Edward, Spruce Richard, Wallace Alfred Russel, Antony Henrique, Joaquim Manuel, King Robert  1850.12.29   Letter from Edward Wallace (Herbert Edward) to Richard Spruce, from Serpa, 29 Dec 1850, re waiting for a passage to England; clothes left at Barra to be forwarded; speculation on Spruce's plans, regards to Mr King. Place: Serpa Pinto Brazil Notes: Letter no in contents list: 19. Addressed "Dear Sir", annotated in red pencil in an unknown hand "To Dr Spruce" and in lead pencil, possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand "H.E.W. to Dr Spruce Dec 1850"
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NHM-WP01.003.073    Correspondence:   Sims Thomas  1851.01.20   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Thomas [Sims?] from Guia, Upper Rio Negro, Jan 20 1851, hole torn in last page from seal, 1 folio folded.
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NHM-WP01.003.022    Correspondence:   Bates Henry Walter, Wallace Mary Anne, Wallace Herbert Edward, Wallace Alfred Russel, Miller ?  1851.06.13   Letter from Henry W Bates to Mrs Wallace (Mary Anne Wallace) from Pará, 13 Jun 1851 with news of the death of her son Edward (Herbert Edward) from yellow fever. Place: Pará Brazil Notes: Letter no in contents list: 21. Accompanying note (destroyed) in Emma Bennett's, hand c. 2001; " Letter to Mrs Wallace from Bates re death of Edwd Wallace." Part of the text is missing where a hole has been torn below the remains of the seal.
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NHM-WP01.003.077    Correspondence:   Wallace Herbert Edward, Sims Frances née Wallace, Wallace Mary Anne, Wallace Alfred Russel  [1851].08.30   Letter from Herbert Edward Wallace to his sister Fanny and his mother (Mary Anne Wallace) from Barra de Rio Negro, 30 Aug (1851?) re his brother A. R. Wallace's departure up the Rio Negro; his own plan to spend two months collecting specimens for sale in order to repay A. R. Wallace's loan of £10; plans to leave for England, expecting to be home at Christmas. Notes: See WP1/3/88, for details of annotated 1904 envelope in which this letter was stored when received at the NHM.
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NHM-WP01.003.023    Correspondence:   Bates Henry Walter, Sims Thomas, Sims Frances née Wallace, Stevens Samuel, Miller ?  1851.10.18   Letter from Henry W Bates to Mr Sims (husband of Frances Wallace) from Pará, 18 Oct 1851 re the death of Edward Herbert Wallace and the disposal of his effects, including his insect collections. Place: Pará Brazil Notes: Letter no in contents list: 21. Accompanying small brown envelope, empty, (destroyed) labelled in an unknown hand: "Oct 1851 | H. W. Bates to Mrs Wallace (& Mrs [sic] Sims) about Herbert's death".
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NHM-WP01.003.025    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Spruce Richard, Lima Joao Antonio de, Agostinho ?, Schomburgk Robert Hermann  1852.10.10   Letter from Richard Spruce to A. R. Wallace, from Panuré? Sao Jeronymo, 10 Oct 1852, re the political situation in Barra; reaction to news in London papers; voyage by river from San Gabriel to San Jeronimo; collecting specimens of ferns; plans to travel with Agostinho; servants; Sir Robt Humbugck (sic: Schomburgk) Place: Panuré Brazil Notes: Letter no in contents list: 23. Associated loose notes in S Knapp's hand: "Spruce to Wallace * SK [cf? Abersi?]" and note in EB's? hand c. 2001: "R. Spruce to A.R.Wallace Oct 1852" destroyed. pjl 19/12/02
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NHM-WP15.001    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel  1853--1906   Correspondence 1853-1906 comprising a letter from W H Harvey to J D Hooker re Mitten and letters to William Mitten from A. R. Wallace and Clement Reid; from Mitten to his daughter (Annie Mitten/ Wallace?) and from C E Larter to Mitten's daughter (Flora?), mostly on botanical subjects.
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NHM-WP15.001.001    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Harvey William Henry, Hooker Sir Joseph Dalton  1853.05.23   Letter from W H H (William Harvey), to Hook. fil. (Joseph Hooker) from TCD (Trinity College, Dublin) date stamped 23 May 1853; full text is: My dear Hook. fil. | I find these Hepaticae among the New Zealand Greenosperms [sic] which I have just finished. | Send them to Mitten, that's a good kitten! | Yours Affy W.H.H. Place: Dublin Ireland New Zealand Notes: Found with Wallace family correspondence (WP1/3) but not entered in ms contents list. See letter from W B Turrill to W G Wallace from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 22 Apr 1948, Old Ref WP1/3/65, identifying this letter.
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NHM-WP01.003.069    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Enriques Matteo? Alfonso Flor?, Lima Joao Antonio de  1853.06.07   Letter in Portugese? from Mtto. Alfo. Flor.? Enriques with a note added by Joao Anto. de Lima, to Richard Spruce, from San Joaquim, 7 Jun 1853, mentioning Alfredo (A. R. Wallace). Place: San Joaquim Brazil Notes: Not entered in contents list but retained in this series, which seems an appropriate location. Loose note (destroyed) by E Bennett c. 2001/02 "Joao de Lima to Richard Spruce 1853".
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NHM-WP01.003.026    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Spruce Richard, Antony Henrique, Lima Joao Antonio de, Chagas ?, Darwin Charles Robert, Hooker Sir William Jackson, Diaz Gregorio  1853.07.02   Letter from Richard Spruce to A. R. Wallace from San Carlos del Rio Negro, 2 Jul 1853, re A. R. Wallace's shipwreck and lost specimens; threatened uprising by local Indians; plant collecting at San Jeronymo ( San Jeronimo); canoes on the Vuapes; steamers on the Amazon; Darwin and other English travellers; Chagas in prison; expected arrival of Antonio Diaz; publication of Spruce letters by Hooker; local women; plans for an expedition to the source of the Orinoco. Place: San Carlos del Rio Negro Brazil Orinoco river Notes: Letter no in contents list: 24. 2 folios, blue paper
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NHM-Ms_140f    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel  1854--1856   Photocopies of letters to Stevens (from Cambridge University Library)
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NHM-WP01.003.027    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Allen Charles,  1854.03.19   Copy in A. R. Wallace's hand of letter from A. R. Wallace to George Silk, from on board of the steamer Euxine, Mediterranean, 19 Mar 1854, continued on the steamer Bengal, Red Sea, 26 Mar (1854), re journey to Alexandria; life on board ship, fellow travellers, anti-cholera precautions at Gibraltar, Cairo, the desert, Alexandria, donkey drivers. Place: Alexandria Egypt Cairo Egypt Goa India Gibraltar Suez Egypt Notes: Letter no in contents list: 25. 2 folios, blue paper. Folios were stitched at centre fold with white cotton. Stitches removed December 2002 by PJL
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NHM-WP01.003.028    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Mary Anne, Allen Charles, Stevens Samuel, Hamilton Gray & Co  1854.04.30   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his mother (Mary Anne Wallace) from Singapore, 30 Apr 1854 re arrival in Singapore; town and population; Bukit Tima (Timah) Mission; butterflies; boxes due on ship Eliza Thornton; broken watch; instructions to Samuel Stevens. Notes: Letter no in contents list: 26
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NHM-WP01.003.029    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Mary Anne, Wallace John, Allen Charles, Wilson Mr, Stevens Samuel, Sims Thomas  1854.05.28   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his mother (Mary Anne Wallace) from Bukit Tima (Timah), Singapore, 28 May 1854 re daily tasks with insect collections; sending a box of beetles to Stevens; plans to go to Borneo; Charles's progress as assistant; friends and family in England. Place: Malaya Singapore Notes: Letter no in contents list: 27
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NHM-WP01.003.030    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Mary Anne, Allen Charles  1854.07.[02]   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his mother (Mary Anne Wallace) from the jungle near Malacca, 2? Jul 1854, re sea journey from Singapore; living conditions in Malacca; employment of servants; French missionaries; Chinese farmers; Charles Allen's progress as assistant; birds and monkeys; plans to visit Cambodia. Place: Malacca Malaya Notes: Letter no in contents list: 28
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NHM-WP01.003.031    Correspondence:   Wallace John, Wallace Mary Anne, Wilson C A, Allen Charles, Pownall Mr, McCann Mrs  1854.08.28   Letter from John Wallace, from Columbia, 28 Aug 1854 re rebuilding and surveying after fire in the town; presumed loss of the steamer "City of Glascau" (Glasgow); Wilson's plans to emigrate to Australia; widow McCann; mining speculation; quartz mine; Dr Pownall sharing house; growing tomatoes; interesting Californian spider and fly; A. R. Wallace's assistant; hot weather. Place: Australia Columbia California USA Notes: Letter no in contents list: 29
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NHM-WP01.003.024    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Spruce Richard, Stevens Samuel, Loddiges Conrad  1854.09.19   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Richard Spruce, from on board the brig Jordensen and from London, 19 Sep 1852-5 Oct 1852, re the burning and sinking of ship Helen off Brazil, his rescue and voyage to London, the loss of his collections, insurance, and future plans; news of Crystal Palace exhibition. Place: Deal London Pará Brazil Letter no in contents list: 22. Addressed in A. R. Wallace's hand to "Illms. Senr. Ricardo Spruce, Pará, Brazil, to be forwarded without delay." The address has been crossed through and replaced, in another hand, with "Rio Negro [cundango] Henrique Antony." 2 folded folios, the first blue paper, the second slightly larger cream. Folio 2 is annotated in pencil in an unknown hand near the address: "A. R. Wallace to R Spruce Sep 19, 1852". Two associated loose notes (destroyed ) in Emma Bennett's hand: "Wallace to Spruce re shipwreck | Important!" and "1st page of letter to spruce re shipwreck."
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NHM-WP01.003.032    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Mary Anne, Wilson C A, Wilson? Algernon, Allen Charles, Brooke Sir James, Silk George C  1854.09.30   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his mother (Mary Anne Wallace) from Singapore, 30 Sep 1854 on arrival from Malacca, re attack of fever in Malacca, quinine treatment; insects and birds collected in Malacca; ascent of Mount Ophir; arrival of post including and letters from Adelaide, Australia; arrival of newspapers, instruments, repaired watch and food from England ; basket of food spoiled by insects, better to use soldered tin box; visit to Sir James Brooke; plans to visit Sarawak; friends and family; continued carelessness of assistant Charles. Place: Australia, Malacca Malaya, Sarawak, Singapore Malaya, Mount Ophir Malaya Notes: Letter no in contents list: 30
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NHM-WP01.003.033    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Silk George C, Hooker Sir William Jackson, Spruce Richard, Brooke Sir James, Johnson John Brooke, Latham Robert Gordon  [1854.10.15]   Letter from A. R. Wallace to George Silk, with part-letter to the (Hertford?) Literary Society? on the back, from Singapore, 15 Oct 1854?, re sailing for Sarawak next day; arranging and cataloguing collection of 6,000 specimens - birds, insects and shells; impossibility of collecting plants for William Hooker; pleasure at quotation by Latham; any news of Sebastopol; wanting copies of "Punch"; expedition to Mount Ophir. Place: Mount Ophir Malaya Sarawak Singapore Malaya Notes: Letter no in contents list: 31. No year date. Annotated in pencil "1854". Some of the letter (three folios?) is apparently missing. The text addressed to George Silk, which is on one side of a folio. with valediction and signature, states "These four sheets are for the Lit. Soc. ... If too long this letter may be cut in two, at the 2nd page of sheet 2 where I have made a cross." The text on the back, which is initialled "A. R. Wallace" and is about Mount Ophir, seems to be the last page of a longer narrative.
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NHM-WP01.003.034    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Sims Thomas, ? Edward, Allen Charles, Wallace John, Wallace Mary, Wallace Mary Anne, Pfeiffer Ida, Page Bacon & Co  1855.06.25   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Fanny, (Mrs Thomas Sims), from Ladong River, Sarawak, 25 Jun 1855 re Thomas Sims's photography business; Stevens's proposal to send A. R. Wallace an assistant, desirable qualities in an assistant, Charles's deficiencies; Madame Pfeiffer's insect collection; news of Australian Expedition (A C Gregory Northern Australian?); arrival of new missionary from England; wanting a shoe last; wanting news of John and Mary in California; collapse of Page, Bacon and Co; Dyak's delight in musical box. Place: California USA Sarawak Notes: Letter no in contents list: 32. 2 folios NAMES TO BE COMPLETED, PJL 3/1/03
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NHM-WP01.003.035    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Wallace Mary Anne, Wallace John, Vignoles Charles Blacker, Claudet Antoine, Mayall John Jabez Edwin, Matthews Sarah, Draper Miss, Fortnum & Mason Ltd  1855.09.28   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Fanny, (Mrs Thomas Sims), from Si Munjon (Simunjan) near Sarawak, 28 Sep 1855, continued 17 Oct 1855, re the Sims' move to Conduit Street and photography business, with detailed advice and questions, suggests asking Mr Vignolles (sic: Vignoles?) to introduce their work at Royal Society Soirees; mother's future; post from England and arrival of a box with shoes (good) and bacon (spoiled). Place: Simunjan Sarawak Malaya Notes: Letter no in contents list: 33
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NHM-WP01.003.036    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Wallace Mary Anne, Wallace John, Brooke Sir James, Silk George C, Woodford Miss,  1855.12.25   Letter from A. R. Wallace to his mother, from Sarawak, 25 Dec 1855, re Christmas day with the Rajah (Sir James Brooke); admirable character of Brooke; expedition into interior with Dyaks; character and customs of Dyak people; the Malays; fears plants sent to England dead, plans to collect in Celebes; Miss Woodford recommended as wife for A. R. Wallace by G S (George Silk); possible trip to California. Place: California USA Celebes Netherlands Indies Notes: Letter no in contents list: 34
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NHM-WP01.003.064    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Thomas, Sims Frances née Wallace,  [1856]   Part-letter (last 2 pages) from A. R. Wallace to Thomas or Fanny Sims, initialled A. R. Wallace, from Singapore? 1856? ; re transmission and payment for "Home News"; (Sims's) advertisements for photographic portraits on enamel opal glass and paper; insects and box of heavy clothes sent home; plan to visit California; funny Chinese pictures. Place: California USA Singapore Malaya Notes: Not listed in contents. One folio. First page(s) of text missing. Addressee unknown
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NHM-WP01.003.037    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Sims Thomas, Allen Charles, McDougall Francis Thomas, Brooke Sir James, Fenton Roger, Bonaparte Napoleon  1856.02.20   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Fanny (Mrs Thomas Sims) in Conduit Street, London, from Singapore, 20 Feb 1856, re departure from Sarawak, leaving Charles behind; admirable character of Sir James Brooke; slow healing of injured foot; good collection of insects in Borneo; Sims' photography business; Fenton's Crimea photographs; justification of Crimean war. Place: Sarawak Singapore Malaya Russia Notes: Letter no in contents list: 35. The date given in the contents list is Feb 1856. The written date is clearly 1855, but "56!" has been added in pencil next to it, possibly in A. R. Wallace's hand, and from context 1856 must be the correct year.
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NHM-WP01.003.038    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Sims Thomas, ? Edward  1856.04.21   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Fanny (Mrs Thomas Sims) from from Singapore, 21 Apr 1856 re delayed expedition to Macassar; Christian missionaries, particularly French Catholics in China and elsewhere, missionary social work, religious doctrine. Place: Macassar Celebes Netherlands Indies China New Zealand Singapore Malaya Notes: Letter no in contents list: 36
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NHM-WP01.003.039    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Saunders ?, Pfeiffer Ida, Spruce Richard, Stevens Samuel  1856.04.30   Letter from A. R. Wallace to H W Bates, from Singapore, 30 Apr 1856, continued 10 May 1856; re long wait for and final arrival of a ship to Macassar; arrival of Bates's letters from Ega (now TeffÉ) Brazil, and copy of "Zoologist"; geographical distribution of insect species in the islands of the Malay archipelago; relative scarcity of Lepidoptera; comparative numbers and types of insect species in Malaya archipelago and Brazil; details of insects collected, including new butterfly Ornithoptera Brookeana (Wallace), Rhyncophorae, Carabidae, Anthribidae, Bupestridae, Cleridae, Longicornes and many others, total number of insect species collected estimated at 6,000, specimens over 30, 000; desire to collect all world Longicornes for study; importance of recording location of capture of specimens; separation of collections from different localities; desire for future comparison of data and exchange of specimens with Bates; Orang Utans; comparison of types of forest plants, people and customs in Amazon and Malay archipelago; scarcity of edible fruit in the East; delicious Durian; Madame Pfeiffer's insect collection; regards to Spruce. Notes: Letter no in contents list: 37.
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NHM-WP01.003.040    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Sims Frances née Wallace, Wallace Mary Anne, Sims Thomas, Stevens Samuel, Silk George C, Roberts Eliza  1856.12.10   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Fanny (Mrs Thomas Sims) from Macassar, 10 Dec 1856 re arrival of letters from home; birth of first niece or nephew; expense of Sims's rent and financial burden to his mother; departure for Aru in two days time; diet on Aru, list of food stores to be taken, scarcity of fowl, will eat Birds of Paradise and Kangaroo; friends and family; Eliza Roberts's moustache. Notes: Letter no in contents list: 38
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NHM-WP01.003.072    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel  [1858]   Annotated list (part letter?) initialled by A. R. Wallace and in his hand, headed " Insects of the Eastern Archipelago, collected by A R Wallace from May 1, 1854 to January 1st 1858" , with generic names, specimens totals and locations where collected; a paragraph including "I surpass you considerably in the number of species" is written on one side - possible part of a letter to H W Bates. Place: Amboyna Malaya Aru Islands Netherlands Indies Borneo Macassar Celebes Malacca Singapore Notes: Not entered on contents list. Loose note (destroyed) written by E.B. c. 2002 "Insects of the Eastern Archipelago. 1 sheet may belong to a bigger volume?" RECORD MODIFIED 12/10/03: FIRST DATE CORRECTED from 1854.01.01. Probably part of a letter to H W Bates, possibly 1858.01.04 (WP1/3/41)
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NHM-WP01.003.041    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Henry Walter, Mohnicke ?, Doleschall ?, Burmeister Hermann, Erichson ?, Darwin Charles Robert, Stevens Samuel, Bowring John Charles  1858.01.04   Letter from A. R. Wallace to W H (sic) Bates, from Amboyna, 4 Jan 1858, continued Ternate, 25 Jan 1858, regarding receipt of mail from home including letters from Bates and Darwin; cleaning and packing of collections from Aru; detailed account of numbers, types and locations of insects collected, including first serious collection of very small genera (Styphilidae etc) at Macassar; comparison of data sent by Bates with 's own; reaction to A. R. Wallace's paper "On the Succession of Species", approving letter from Darwin; benefit of Darwin's proposed publication on species and varieties; boundary between two distinct faunas in Malay Archipelago; proposed expeditions to Gilolo island and New Guinea; advantages of Amboyna as a base; battles of Balaclava and Inkerman; Britain - India meeting (British rule in India?); insects in the Andes. Place: Amboyna Malaya Andes South America Aru Islands Netherlands Indies Australia California USA Gilolo Notes: Letter no in contents list: 39.
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NHM-WP01.003.042    Correspondence:   Wallace Alfred Russel, Bates Frederick, Bates Henry Walter, Saunders ?, Labillardiere Jacques Julien Houton de, Burmeister Hermann, Pierre Dejean, Gray George Robert, Wollaston Thomas Vernon, Lacordaire T?, Mulsant Martial Étienne, Gosse Philip Henry  1858.03.02   Letter from A. R. Wallace to Frederick Bates in Leicester, from Ternate, 2 Mar 1858, regarding Geodephaga species, commenting on notes made by F Bates in a letter received a month previously; variation of entomological species; species of Catascopus sent to Saunders; habits of Cicindelidae; theory of colours of insect species; planned expedition to northern Celebes; plans to write a Coleoptera Malayana; disgraceful state of current publishing in entomology, comments on particular works. Place: Amazon Andes South America Mount Ophir Malaya Peru Ternate Moluccas Notes: Letter no in contents list: 40. Loose note by Emma B, c. 2001/2 (destroyed) with this letter but possibly intended to refer to previous letter (to H W Bates from Amboyna, 4 Jan 1858, continued Ternate, 25 Jan 1858): "Contested date stamp letter". This refers to the controversy over the date of arrival of A. R. Wallace's letter and essay sent to Charles Darwin from Ternate (See Raby, p. 133, n.25. and p. 287).
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