Alfred Russel Wallace was a Victorian naturalist and collector, best-known today for coming up with a version of the theory of evolution by natural selection, and sending it to Charles Darwin.
This is from a letter to family, May 28, 1854:
Singapore is very rich in beetles & before I leave I think I shall have a most beautiful collection.
I will tell you how my day is now occupied. Get up at half past 5. Bath & coffee. Sit down to arrange & put away my insects of the day before, & set them safe out to dry. Charles mending nets, filling pincushions & getting ready for the day. Breakfast at 8. Out to the jungle at 9. We have to walk up a steep hill to get to it & always arrive dripping with perspiration.
Then we wander about till two or three generally returning with about 50-60 beetles, some very rare & beautiful. Bathe, change clothes & sit down to kill & pin insects. Charles d[itt]o. with his bugs & wasps, I do not trust him yet with beetles.
Dinner at 4. Then work again till six.
Coffee – Read – if very numerous work at insects till 8-9 then to bed.
Adieu with love to all.