Letter (WCP2419.2309)





A.R. Wallace Esq[ui]r[e]

My dear Sir

I am writing to ask if you will kindly allow me to reproduce, with due acknowledgements, the interesting maps illustrating ocean depths in the neighbourhoods of Australia & New Zealand continent at p.472 of your [2] "Island Life"[.] Your consent being granted, I propose embodying[?] it in my forth-coming book on the "Great Barrier Reef of Australia", now in the press — & wherein I shall bring forward further evidence in support of your own theory views concerning the probable primary land connection between New Zealand and Queensland. In this [3] association[?] you are, I suppose <aware> that lines of Dinornis2 & the closest possible ally of Apteryx3 (Metapteryx, De Vis4) have been found in the Queensland, Darling downs, deposits!

Messrs Macmillan etc[?] I may mention, subject to your consent, are willing to grant the permit [1 word illeg]. I enclose you, in [1 word illeg] and preparation[?] of my forthcoming book — two or [4]5 three photos of my Australian Podargi6 that may interest you as illustration of the versatility of posture & expression.

I am, my dear Sir, Yours very truly | W. Saville-Kent [signature]

Page 1 is numbered page 219 by the repository. Every second subsequent page has a consecutive handwritten number written in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
The giant moa, an extinct genus of birds. Wikipedia. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinornis> [Accessed 14 April 2020]
The Kiwi genus. Wikipedia. < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi> [Accessed 14 April 2020]

This extinct genus named by De Vis is considered by later authorities as an immature emu. Worthy T.H., Holdaway, Richard N. 2002. Indiana University Press,

The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand [p.216]

There is a red logo of the British Museum to the left of the Valedition.
Referring to the Podargus genus of birds. Saville-Kent, William. 2014. The Naturalist in Australia. Cambridge University Press. [p.40-42]

Please cite as “WCP2419,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 29 June 2022, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP2419