Alexander Henry Haliday, also known as Enrico Alessandro Haliday and Alexis Heinrich Haliday (1807–1870) Letters and manuscripts

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Alexander Henry Haliday, also known as Enrico Alessandro Haliday and Alexis Heinrich Haliday (1807–1870) Letters and manuscripts
by Alexander Henry Haliday

TRANSCRIPTION OF LETTERS BETWEEN A. H. HALIDAY AND H. J. STAINTON 1862 — 1863 In the Library of the Hope Department.University of Oxford

TRANSCRIPTION OF LETTERS BETWEEN A. H. HALIDAY AND H. LOEW In the Library of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

TRANSCRIPTION OF LETTERS BETWEEN JOHN CURTIS AND A. H. HALIDAY In the Library of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

TRANSCRIPTION OF LETTERS FROM FRANCIS WALKER TO A. H. HALIDAY In the Library of the Royal Entomological Society of London.Some relating to Charles Darwin

TRANSCRIPTION OF LETTERS FROM A. H. HALIDAY TO JAMES CHARLES DALE In the Library of the Hope Department.University of Oxford






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Dear Sir,As you have kindly invited me to name some of our desiderata in Coleoptera I have written down a list of some of theca being uncertain whether they are (generally) such as are easily obtained in France. I hope you had a good passage without delay and that you will have tranquil times in France until such time as you think of revisiting this country. I am [ ] your very obedient faithful servant.A.H. Haliday 23,Harcourt Street, Dublin 8 Nov. 1868 :caesus or rotundatus,3 Cnemidatus 1 Microrrhagus or [Gerophytoma] or [Milasis],Lymexylon,2 Hylecaetus,[Mastigius], Pterbloma, Sphaerites, Leptinae,Sperrhaeus, Myodites, Mycterus, 2 Alticopius,[ ],[Phlaactrobus], Megagnathus, Cucujus, [Fbugrotophilal, C megetis, Epilachna,Medobia, types or examples of any of these genera, Ptilinum, Clypeaster,apterum Guer,pusillus Dj.,testaceus, lividus Dj.,inquiltnum suturale,canaliculatum,excavatum,[ ]

Haliday and James Charles Dale (1792 - 6 February 1872) One of the foremost entomologists of his day and who died aged eighty having devoted most of his adult life to entomological pursuits.Dale was the son of wealthy landowners and received his education at Cambridge where he became MA in 1818. He was a friend of J.F. Stephens who makes numerous references to him in his Illustrations of British Entomology, 1828-1846, and of John Curtis who refers to him frequently in his British Entomology, 1824-1840. In the 'British Entomology' his name is on almost every page, and it was from his collections that Curtis derived a vast portion of the material from which his elaborate work was drawn up. The two worked hand in hand, and their names came to be considered as almost synonyms'. Dale's entomological interests extended to all orders.

I see Ellis has Curtis's book at a reduced price now and I fear C. has made a sorry affair of his speculation as I always feared he would, but he thought different then'.Dale to A.H. Haliday dated 6 February 1833.

Though I ought to beware until I finish my thrips , Ceraphion , Diprea and Cynips, of an order so attractive as Diptera I confess I have yielded to the temptation of ordering Zetterstedt . (Haliday to Dale 10th July 1846)

"... also some from Mr. Dale which I should have sent by Mr. Templeton had I seen him" - letter from Curtis to Haliday RESL 10 September 1833.(Material given to Belfast Museum)

in Hope Typescript notes on Dale Diaries, letters, library & collection; copy of wills of J, J.C., & C.W. Dale, & other miscellaneous papers. (Dale MSS). 10th and 30th April 1981 Dale, James Charles & Dale, Charles William Data in preparation


2nd December 1837 It has for several years been my wish to pay you the only public testimony in my power of my regard by dedicating a volumne of my work to you. The many and essential services you have rendered that work during its progress would entitle you to such a compliment were you only a correspondent and the numerous proofs I had of your kindness and friend-ship make me only regret that it will not be better with your acceptance. I assure you one of the greatest pleasures in the progress of my great undertaking has ~een the associating my name with those whom I esteem and who like myself fare devote to the study of our branch of Natural History I may have only two more opportunities of thus gratifying myself and I shall be truly happy if they afford me the same unmixed pleasures as the present one does…..

8th December 1837 Curtis to A.H.H.

Dear Haliday, In my haste I forgot to enclose a volume which as you already possess it perhaps you will do me the favour to present it to your sister who obligingly drew the Rose; connected as this volume is with yourself it may I hope prove acceptable on that account. Fearing it may be too late for Baillieres parcel I remain in haste, yours most sincerely, J. Curtis.

Feb. 23rd Curtis to A.H.H. I really despair of ever sending you this sheet but I shall make an effort. I regret in publishing the genus Phytomyza it entirely escaped me that all your contributions were not contained in your first list and not finding any species there I have unfortunately not noticed it in my paper. I am happy to say that I have just finished putting your contributions into my cabinet and shall therefore have the full use of them and not overlook anything. I am now about to figure your Lissonota crenicornis it has no areolet but I find two or three others have not. Your Tryphon curtisii has a most remarkable character, the claws are pectinated. I thought at first it was a Tropistes. I regret exceedingly that I have pubd. the genus Microgaster as your russatus is a fine species, Microleptus splendidus is most valuable as it sets me right Drapetis will be pubd. on the 1st March. Tryphon and Xylota 1st April Melous and Scathophagus 1st May. ….. Mr. Dale says if you will send a Guide marked he will be most happy to transmit to you some new Haustellata. ….. I am delighted to hear that you have discovered the antennae of Pulexo I assure you I spent 3 days in examining and dissecting P.canis and could not discover them. ….. I looked at the Acad Caesar at the Linn. Soc. and Vol. 10 is unfortunately the first they had and that was published in 1821 three years after the volume you want to seen I have seen a proof of your paper in the forthcoming number of the Zool. Journ. and I see that there are a considerable number of species of Dolichopidae publd and described in a late number of the Isis a German paper which you ought to see.

Curtis to Haliday 25th April 1832,

….. We do not seem to understand each other as to the Cryptus aphidium of Fab. I either have misstated my opinion or forgotten the reasons I gave for thinking it of any other genus than Microgaster. I have looked and I think I doubted whether Linnaeus insect which is the same as Fabricius's be not a Microgaster as stated in my Guide - be good enough to give me your opinion. ….. I am sure any observations of yours will be highly valued by the men of science whom I have the pleasure of knowing. I hope therefore you will when you have leisure undertake the Conspectus of the Hymenoptera pupivora. I need scarcely add that you may command me as far as my time will allow and any materials I may have. ….. copied a wing of Ichneutes from Klugs Ber Mag No.7 ad 1825 ….. I have specimens which agree so well but I cannot doubt but I have the genus and send you my I major male which you may keep and also what I concieve to be the ? of I.. recusitor, if you have this last you can return it if you please but pray do not do so if you have it not. Give me your opinions of the two as I wish to figure the genus. Curtis to Haliday 28th April 1832 I am happy to hear that Mr. Templeton's insects arrived safe and I am much indebted to him for the offer of the Phalanus which I forgot, The net I will order and hope to be able to send you the pins herewith. I assure you it gives me great pleasure to illustrate those genera that you have investigated and saw so kind as to transmit to me and no-one can be more sensible than I am of the value of your communications and the handsome and liberal manner in which they are conveyed and it only vexes me that I cannot make so general a use of them as they deserve and I desire but I think all the Linnean and Fabrician genera must be established in my work, I must therefore not lose sight of my object and if the work were to put 500£ a year into my pocket I would not continue it beyond 4 more volumes: it is killing work Hoping to hear from you in the course of the summer and wishing you as much success and honor in your profession as you have gained in your amusements.


1–90 Correspondence with Dr. Hermann Loew, in Meseritz, Prussia, 1847–1869 (In English and German)

37 Letter from Haliday, Monte Benelli, Lucca, 21 June 1862

‘Wollaston has declined my challenge to him to bivouac on the Sardinian mountains this Autumn – He sticks fast by his Canarian collections & books for the present; and by his Atlantic islands, when he roams. Still it is not impossible I may compass an autumn encampment there, above the zone of malaria; though I have no intention of going alone. Sicily is too lawless & sanguinary, at present, to invite a peaceful Entomologist–but the Sardinians though addicted to blood feuds are hospitable & honest as things go; though I should scarcely do, as one may (according to Wollaston) in the Canaries & Madeira, sleep in an open tent with your purse for pillow, without a fear of molestation & with no snakes either.’ Box 2

1–62 Letters from Francis Walker at 49 Bedford Square, London, Brighton, Arno’s Grove and Grove Cottage, Southgate, 1834–1845

35 Letter: Arno’s Grove, 14 December 1840:

‘I attended the last meeting of the Ent. Society. Schomburgh (who is about to start again for S. America) was there, & a communication from him was read on the flights of emigrating butterflies sometimes seen in S. America, he calculated that upwards of fifty thousand million past him on one day, they all pursued the same course over the tree tops, & when they came to a stream they invariably descended to its surface & rose again having crossed it. Their caterpillars mixed with cassavas or turtle’s eggs form part of the food of the natives. It was said also that in some parts of N. Holland after the rainy season immense herds of caterpillars appear & destroy all vegetation before them, they also are the food of the natives of two birds, a hawk & an ibis. This was observed by Gould who has lately returned from N. Holl. & has brought with him some new Kangaroos & many new birds, & has just commenced publishing figures & descriptions of them.’

Box 3

1–104 Letters from Walker at Grove Cottage and Arno’s Grove, Southgate; 5 The Grove, Highgate; Church End, Finchley; and Elm Hall, Wanstead, 1846–1867 Box 4

1–88 Letters from Walker, Elm Hall, Wanstead, 1867–1869

Box 5

1–115 Letters from Ferdinando Piccioli, Florence, 1863–1869 (In Italian)

Box 6

1–93 Letters from J. C. Dale, Glanville Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset, 6 February 1832–1834 February 1869 including 69 photograph of various types of insect

94–95 Letters from James Hardy, Mulgrave Terrace, Gateshead, County Durham, 31 July and 14 August 1845

96–131 Letters from F. B. Wollaston at Jesus College, Cambridge, Thurloe Square, London, Exeter and Teignmouth, 1846–[? 1860s]

61 Letter. J C. Dale, Newton Montacute alias Glanville Wootton, 5 November 1841:

?Being our Court day I take the opportunity of beginning a letter to you whilst the Steward is about other matters.... Before I proceed with Enty. however I will mention that the place where I am now writing was the property of the famous Duke of Marlboro & the Pond in front of the House has never been filled since it was let down on his departure till now,–this Pond I hope may produce me a few good pond aquatics as it comes from the old pond in front of the House I reside at, this only being occupied by the Tenant–I am going to make a Willow Bed at the upper end of the Pond so as to increase the chance of sport & in other improvements I keep Enty. in view... I have just named and dispatched a small Box to (Mr. Little) wh. he sent for that purpose a week ago–I have now 3 or 4 I want to send off but find difficulty for want of Day-light as I can only devote an hour or two for that purpose & in the evening the candle light wont suit my eyes for small objects–I am now relaxing & near setting & arranging my small Hymenoptera wh. were never in tolerable order before & the insight your names have given me has been of great assistance … The Breakfast is now on the Table & as soon as that is over I start for Sherborne so therefore I conclude rather hastily

Yours (respectfully) J: C: Dale’

Box 7

1–47 Letters from John Curtis at 4 Grove Place, Lisson Grove; 57 Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square; 11 Robert Street, Hampstead Road; 18 Belitha Villas, Barnsbury Park, 1830–1862 48–51 Matilda Curtis, 13 Huntingdon Street, 1866

Box 8 Correspondents:

1–2 Nicholas Cooke, Liscard, Cheshire, 1857–1863 3–6 Edwin Brown, Burton-on-Trent, 1863–1868 7–9 George Robert Crotch, Cambridge, 1870 10–12 Alfred Furlong, London, 1851 13–16 R. K. Greville, Edinburgh, 1840–1841 17 Richard Kippish, London, 1863 18–26 Robert McLachlan, Forest Gate and Lewisham, 1868–1869 27–33 Thomas Ansell Marshall, Milford Haven and Barnstaple, 1867–1869 34 Andrew Murray, Royal Horticultural Society, 16 February 1863 35 Edward Newman, Peckham, 28 January 1862 36–40 G. T. Rudd, London and Yarm, Yorkshire, 1830–1838 41 William Wilson Saunders, Margate, 18 February 1863 42 Frederick Smith, British Museum, 7 September 1868 43 Carl August Dohrn, Lewisham, 19 April 1851 44–76 Henry Tibbats Stainton, London and Italy (various), 1851–1869 77–93 John Obadiah Westwood, various, 1866–1869 94 A list of British Brachelytra from Mr. G. R. Waterhouse’s catalogue (printed)

Box 9 Correspondents:

1–5 Jacques Marie Frangile Bigot, 1865–1868 (In French) 6 C. Blanchard, nd (In English) 7–8 Peter Friedrich Bouche, Berlin, 1838 (In German) 9–11 Emil von Brück, Lucca and Crefeld, 1867–1868 (In English) 12–14 Jean Baptiste Lucien Buquet, Paris, 1862–1865 (In French) 15–17 Achille Deyrolle, Paris, 1862 (In French) 18–26 Carl August Dohrn, Stettin, 1862–1869 (In English) 27–29a Jean Antoine Dours, Amiens, 1861–1868 (In French) 29b–35 Aleksyei Pavlovitch Fedtschenko, Salerno, Moscow, Orenburg, Samerkand, 1868–1869 (In French) 36 Professor Dr. Arnold Foerster, 7 March 1863 (In German) 37–38 G. Ritton von Frauenfeld, Vienna, 1868 (In German) 39 Francois Jean-Paul Gervais, Monpellier, 1863 (In French) 40–44 F. Giraud, Paris, 1868–1869 (In French) 45 Herman August Hagen, Konigsberg, 10 December 1862 (In English) 46 F. Jaennicke, Frankfurt, 5 January 1869 (In English) 47–51 Charles Javet, Paris, 1869 (In French) 52–57 Ernest August Hellmuth von Kiesenwetter, Bautreu, 1862–1869 (In German) 58–59 Leopold Anton Kirchner, 1868–69, Kaplitz, 1868 (In German) 60–63 Ernest Gustav Kraatz, Berlin, 1867–1868 (In French) 64 Pierre Hippolyte Lucas, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, 12 February 1869 (In French) 65–66a Gustav Mayr, Vienna, February 1869 (In German) 66b–67 Etienne Mulsant, Lyons, 1867–1869 (In French) 68 H. Milne-Edwards, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 27 January 1862 (In French) 69 Charles Robert Osten-Sacken, New York, 9 January 1869 (In English) 70 Michel Rajewscy, Vienna, 1869 (In French) 71–83 Hermann Reinhard, Bautzen and Dresden, 1860–1869 (In German) 84 Dr. Renard, Moscow, 5 September 1869 (In French) 85 Otho Ruthe, Berlin, 21 February 1863 (In German) 86 Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure, Geneva, 5 December 1868 (In German) 87 Michel Edmond de Selys-Longchamps, Liege, 14 January 1869 (In French)

Box 10 Correspondents:

1–11 Ignaz Rudolph Schiner, Vienna, 1863–1869 (In German) 12–24 Jules Sichel, Paris, 1863–1868 (In French and English) 25 Victor Antoine Signoret, Paris, 2 February 1868 26–34 S. C. Snellen van Vollenhoven, Leiden, Holland, 1869–1870 (In French and English) 35 Solsky, Simon Martinovitch, St Petersburg, 29 January 1869 (In French) 36 Carl Stål, Stockholm, 30 January 1869 (In English) 37 Carl Gustav Thomson, 20 November 1868 (In German) 38–41 Constantin Wesmael, Brussels, 1867–1869 (In French) 42–51 Winnertz, Johannes, Crefeld, Germany, 1863–1868 (In German)

Box 11 Correspondents (Italian):

1–13 Professor L. Bellardi, Turin and Paris, 1862–1867 (In French) 14–19 Berenger, Alfredo di, Florence, 9 February 1868 20–31 Guido Luigi Carrara, Lucca and S Martino in Freddana, 1868–1869 (In English, French and Italian) 32–40 Achile Costa, Naples, 1863–1868 (In French and Italian) 41–55 Carlo Emery, Naples, 1869 (In French) 56–59 Antonio Garbiglietti, Turin, 1868–1870 61–68 Victor Ghiliani, Turin, 1867–1869 (In French) 69–105 Odoardo Pirazzol, Domodossola and Imola, 1867–1869 (In English and Italian) 106–110 Giovanni Passerini, Parma, 1863–1867 111–138 Camillo Rondani, Parma, 1863–1869

Box 12 Correspondents (Italian):

1–6 Adolfo Savi, Pisa, 1862–1868 7–14 Emilio Simi, including 2 letters to Vincanzo Pisani, 1863–1868 15–34 Pietro Stefanelli, Florence, 1867–1869 35–47 Adolfo Torgioni-Tozzetti (1823–1902), Florence, 1867–1869 48–50 Giuseppe D’Angiolo, Pisa, 1867–1868 51 Andrea Aradas, Catania, 28 May 1868 52–3 B. Baroni, Lucca, 1868 54 Cesare Bindizi, Lucca, 6 July 1867 55 G. Carina, Florence, 29 May 1867 56–57 Corrado Cavarre, Ste Croix, 1869 (In French and Italian) 58 Louis Chighinzola, Poggio-Seno, 16 February 1867 59 C. F. Cesati, Naples, 20 November 1868 (In French) 60 Apelle Dei, Siena, 20 January 1868 61 Giacomo Doria (1840–1913), Genoa, 2 May 1869 62 C. G. Evesca, Rome, 22 February 1869 63 [? Count] Goppe, Palazzo di Malfa, 2 May 64 Enrico Hillyer Giglioli (1845–1909), Pisa, 3 July 1864 (In English) 65–66 Olinto Moni, Bagni di Lucca, 1862 (In French) 67 Antonio Orbanez, Ascola, 23 September 1867 68 G. [?], Poggio, 17 July 1868 69 Federico Persico, 9 April 1863 70 I. Pronvotori, 1868 invitation to join newly formed society to promote the study of entomology in Italy 71–72 G. B. Rimini, Club Alpino, Turin, 1867 73 Giorgio Schivo, Palermo, 18 October 1868 74 [? N. H.] Spence, Florence nd (In English) 75 C. Girachino Toesca, Turin, 21 March 1869 76 M. [? Fernivi], Pisa, 5 January 1860 77 Flaminio Baudi di Selve, Turin, 1868 78 [? E. Celesig], Genoa, 28 January 1869 79 [?], Bologna, 20 June 1869 80 [?], Arsina, 25 March 1863 81 [?], Vicenza, 9 February 1868 82 Calderino Pretio, Varallo, 10 February 1869 83 Draft or translation into English of letter, nd



An essay towards a natural history of the Corallines : and other marine productions of the like kind, commonly found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. To which is added the description of a large marine polype taken near the North Pole [London Printed for the author, and sold by A. Millar (1755)].

Familia CHALCIDIDAE, Westw. Philosophical Magazine l.Brachymeria, Westwood in Steph. Cat. 393. Chalcis. Spin, Chalcide typicali (Ch. Sispet) differt corpore obtusiori, antennis bre- vioribus crassioribus, abdomine subsessili, subconico, vix compresso coxisque postieis brevioribus.—Chalcis minuta, Fab. 2.Pachylarthrus,Westwood.,Pteromalus, p. Dallm. Sw.Tr.182O. Captit latum, palpis maxillaribiis articulo ultimo maximo inflato; antennae 13-articulata?, articulis 3 et 4 annuliformibus, 11-13 clavam parvam formantibus; abdomen mas breve subtriangulare.—Pach. insignis Westw. Aureo viridis, antennae palpisque fulvis, pedibus flavis. 3.Trigonoderus, Westwood in Steph. Cat Mand. p. 396. Cheiropacho Westwood affine. Thorax subovatus, collare triangulare, antenna 13-articulata?,articulo 2do minuto, 3tio longituditie lmi dimidio, articulis 4—8 paullo brevioribus sequnlibus, ultimis 5 clavam (articulo 8vo paullo majorem) fonnantibus. Tr. principes. Westw, Obscure aeneus, thorace postice aureo nitenti, abdomine aureo-viridi, cyaneo nitenti; antennis nigris basi ferrugineis alis hyalinis nubila elongate centrali fuscescente, pedibus ferrugineis, femoribus basi pulvillisque nigris. Exp. alar. 6 lin. 4.Ormyrus, Westwood, Antenna breviores crassae ut in Cheiropacho formate. Thorax convexus abdomen fem. cylindrico-convexum apice conicum, thoracis latitudine et illo paullo, segmentis 2—5 hirsutis punctatis et in singuli. disco, serie transverso impressionum denticulatamm ornatis. Oviductus breviter exsertus.—Orm. punctiger, Westw. Aureo-viridis, abdomine cupreo parum njtente. Antennae nigrae, apice fuscae ; scutellum nitidissimum; pedes nigrovirides, tibiis anticis geniculisque postieis obscure ferrugineis; tarsi pallidi; ala; vix fulvescentes. 5. Theocolax, Westwood Apterus, Caput subhorizontale subquadratum planum.antice minime tndentatum. Antennae mediocres, l1-articulatae; articulo 2do majori articulis 3—8 sensim crassioribus, ultimis tribus clavam, articulo priori_(8vo) majorem formantibus. Collare maguum triangulare. Abdomen oviductu breviter exserto.—Th. formiciformis, Westw. Fulvo-fuscescens, abdomine obscuriori. 6. Macroglenes, Westw. Caput latum, oculis partem ejus majorem occupantibus, antennae breves, apicibus crassis, 10-articulata; articulo 2do mediocri, 3—5 minutis, 6to magnitudine 2di, 7mo praecedenti majori; ultimis tribus clavam magnam formantibus, abdomen compressum.—Macr. oculatus, Westw. Atro-caerulea oculis rubris aut piceis tarsisque pallidis. 7. Cerchysius Westw. Encyrtus, p. Dallm. Curt. Tibiae intermediae alarumque nervi Encyrti. Antennae cylindrical, apice paullo crassiores, 10-articulatae, articulis 2—1 subaiqualibus; ultimis

Opomyza M. Geomyza. Fall. _ germinationis L._ florum F._ marginella Fall._ combinata L._ maculata Ahr._ sabulosa Hal_cinerella Hal_tremula Hal_ tripunctata Fall_asteia Hal_ grisea Fall _Teichomyza Mcq._fusca Mcq._ Ephydra_ palustris Fall_ obscura M._ albula M._ curvicauda M._ spilota Hal defecta Hal_ pygmaea Hal_ littoralis M._ coarctata Fall._ infecta Hal._ Hecate Hal_ fossarum Hal_4-punctata M._riparia Fall. micans Hal_ aquila Fall._ lacustris M._ aestuans Hal_ lutosa Hal_ stagnalis Fall_ pallidum M._ noctula M._compta Hal_ quadrata Fall graminum Hal_irrorator Walk._4-guttata M._ glabricula M._leucostoma M._sibilans Hal_stictica M._ interrupta Hal_interstincta Fall. puncto-nervosa Fall_ flavipes Fall._ posticata M._ picta Fall_guttata Fall._ rufipes M._ cesta Hal.