Letter (WCP2023.1913)


Royal Institution of South Wales1


I have this afternoon shewn your letter to the Council of our Institution. I was correct in foretelling their answer — The Fact is that we have not a single Member who knows anything about Insects & I regret that I did not hear of our having an Entomologist in the neighbourhood till I received your letter.

I am now working up a number of notes which for about half a Century I have been collecting on our Mammals, Birds & Fishes with the intent of printing a few copies for the convenience of the British Association & I may perhaps so[?] far comply with a request to reprint my Bagatelle on the Coleoptera2 [2] (which has become very scarce) as to add a selection of the more interesting or rare species. In this case I shall be happy to notice the additions of which you have sent me a List & any particulars respecting this with which you may find leisure to favor me[. ]

I am glad to hear that your valuable Collection will remain at Neath, & trust that it will be accompanied by a Catalogue with the particular Habitats of all the Welsh Rariores.

In haste | Yours obediently | L W Dillwyn3 [signature]

Sketty Hall

Feb[ruar]y 25. 18484

Originally called the Swansea Philosophical & Literary Society, the RISW was founded in 1835 with the purpose of making Swansea a centre of culture and scientific research. In 1838 it was granted a Royal Charter. The Royal Institution of South Wales.<http://www.risw.org/about-us.htm> [Accessed June 30, 2018]
Dillwyn, L. W. 1829. List of Coleoptera found near Swansea. Privately Printed.
Dillwyn, Lewis Weston (1778 — 1855). Naturalist, porcelain manufacturer and Member of Parliament.

Please cite as “WCP2023,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 20 April 2024, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP2023