Letter (WCP6400.7399)





Dear Mr Wallace,

I send the tickets with great pleasure. I could not do so before as we were in Paris for an Internat[ional]. Congress2 of Entomol[og]y. & the centenary of the French Soc[iet]y3. When you receive this letter & the extracts from Proc[eedings]. of 19314 our address will be St Helens Cottage, St Helens5, Isle of Wight to which place we go early tomorrow.

I hope the 3 Cuckoo plates may please you as well as the extracts from the [2] very interesting letters from your uncle6 which you kindly sent for me to see; also perhaps some other things.

We are very well, thankyou & our 2 children & 13 grandchildren also. We are hoping to see all of them during part of our time in I[sle]. [of] W[ight].

With kind regards, | Yours sincerely, | E. B. Poulton7 [signature]

The page is numbered [WP16/1/60] in pencil in the top RH corner, and [OlD [sic] Ref WP 4/6] in the bottom LH corner.
The Fifth International Congress of Entomology held in Paris, France opened on 18 July 1932.
The Société entomologique de France, or French Entomological Society, is devoted to the study of insects. The society was founded in 1832 in Paris, France.
Possibly Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London. Volume 6, Issue 2 was published in December 1931.
Village on the eastern side of the Isle of Wight, close to the coast. Poulton and his wife appear to spend the long vacation there, as they are leaving Oxford at the end of July.
Probably John Wallace (1818-1895) brother of ARW, who emigrated to California in 1849 and was involved in gold mining operations in the town of Columbia. (ARW’s two other brothers died as young men, other possibilities are husbands of his parents’ sisters but unlikely to interest Poulton).
Poulton, Edward Bagnall (1856-1943) British evolutionary biologist, friend of ARW and lifelong advocate of natural selection. He became Hope Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford in 1893.

Please cite as “WCP6400,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 22 September 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP6400