Wallace letter during Malay trip, 1854

Wallace letter during Malay trip, 1854

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Wallace letter during Malay trip. This letter, from the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) to his mother, is dated 28 May 1854. Subjects covered in the letter include the sending of beetles to his agent Mr Stevens, future travel plans, and his daily routine as a collector. Wallace had departed England on 1 March 1854 to travel to the Malay Archipelago. He arrived there on 20 April 1854 and spent more than 7 years there collecting specimens and refining his thoughts on evolution. This is the third page of the letter.

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