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TitleInsect lists (part 1: A-W) - MacLeay Papers
AdminHistoryAlexander MacLeay FRS FLS, was an entomologist (principally interested in lepidopterology) and a colonial statesman in Australia. He was born on June 24th 1767 in Ross-shire, Scotland and died in Sydney on June 18th 1848. MacLeay became a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1794, and was secretary from 1798-1825. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1809. MacLeay was Colonial Secretary of New South Wales 1825-37, and first Speaker of the Legislative Council 1843-46, and First President of the Australian Museum at Sydney, founded in 1836. Robert Brown named the genus Macleaya, (Bocconia), belonging to the poppy family, after MacLeay. He possessed a fine collection of insects and by 1825 it was said to be the best of any private individual.
William Sharp MacLeay, eldest son of Alexander MacLeay, was a scholar and naturalist, born on 21 July 1792 in London and died in Sydney on 26 January 1865. In 1818 he became secretary to the board for liquidating British claims in France on the peace of 1815; commissary judge in Havana, 1830-1837; went to New South Wales, 1839, where he enlarged his father's entomological collection. His chief work was Horae Entomologicae, propounding the circular or quintary system of classification.
DescriptionInsect lists, desired items etc. of Alexander and William Sharp MacLeay, labelled A-W:

A) "Insects d'Allemagne desirees par A. M'Leay Esq." 776 numbered items, 6pp.
B) "Insects of Germany Poland Hungary and Greece in Boxes marked Nos.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7" 776 numbered items, 4pp.
C) "Continuation of insects wanted from Germany", 1p.
D) "List of Desiderata sent to Germany" 322 numbered items, 2pp. [Watermark date 1820].
E) "Mr. MacLeay's Desiderata of European Lepidoptera figured by Hubner", 3pp. [Watermark date 1813].
F) "Desiderata of Swedish Insects", 1p.
G) "List of insects sent to Professir MacLeay", 1p.
H) "Desiderata de M. MacLeay", 1p.
I) List of 32 insects and crustacea. With "A.M'Leay Esquire" at the head, 1p.
J) List of Australian insects. 23 numbered items, 2pp.
K) "Desiderata" Including Papilio, Sphinx, Bombyx, Noctua, 2pp.
L) "Hister" List of insects, 1p, and reversing the folio another 1 page list. [Watermark date 1821]
M) Draft letter to unknown addressee together with a list of insects, 4pp.
N) "Papillons qui me manquent et que je desire d'acheter-d'apres Esper."
O) Long table of the orders of Insects commencing with Coleoptera (955 headings). Only the Coleoptera section has species entered in , 43pp.
P) List of insects (commencing with Lucanus), 4pp.
Q) List of 136 numbered insects (commencing with Dermestes australis), 4pp. [Watermark date 1815].
R) List of 200 numbered insects (commencing with Megacephala caroliniana), 4pp.
S) List of insects (commencing with Dytiscidae, 2pp. [Watermark date 1822].
T) "Desiderata", 1p.
U) List of 110 numbered insects (commencing Cet.dorsalis), 2pp.
V) List of 40 numbered insects (commencing with Anplognathes viridianus), 2pp.
W) "Staphylinidarum. Synopsis generum", 3pp.
Extent1 file
NotesThe arrangement is largely arbitrary until clarified by research.
Creator NameMacLeay papers (Alexander & William Sharpe) [also spelt McLeay or M'Leay]
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