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Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago – The Singapore Statue Campaign
By Barry Clarke
Check out the advert below for UCLA's Wallace Centennial Celebration, which is taking place on the 15th November 2014. There are lots of very interesting talks by a number of famous speakers. Attend if you can! See their website for more information: https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/arwallace
On Saturday 12th July my wife and I took our friend the American Wallace scholar Jim Costa, on a visit to Hertford - the town north of London where Wallace went to school. Although it was a 'fun' rather than research trip I did discover a few things which I thought would be worthwhile reporting:
Some months ago Darwin historian Janet Browne mentioned to me that no 19th century cartoons mentioning Wallace are known. Well, I just 'discovered' one (albeit an unpublished one) which was mentioned on an interesting post by Brian Switek on his Laelaps blog in 2011 - see http://www.wired.com/2011/11/repost-divine-intervention-dinosaurs-and-da... and below (No, Wallace isn't the chap in the centre!).
I came across two letters by Raymond Holbrook Arnot (1874 - 1948) who was an attorney in Rochester, USA. Arnot was interested in history and was a president of the Rochester Historical Society. He was also interested in science and in the late 1890's was the president of the "Alfred Russel Wallace Scientific Club of Rochester", which Wallace was the Patron of! I had never heard about this club until I read these letters and I can't find out anything more about it. When Arnot wrote to Wallace in 1898 and 1899 the club had more than 50 members. I wonder what happened to it?