... with a link to "File:Verreaux death.jpg"; 7 September 1873 ... ?!?
...né à Paris (célibataire)...
Du huit Septembre
décédé hier matin à neuf heures
(as far as I know, and thereby he doesn´t really qualify in this forum).
En donnant leur nom à cette nouvelle espèce d'un genre encore si rare et si peu connu, nous avons rendre hommage au zèle et à la perséverance de ces trois frères naturaliste....
Maison Verreaux was one of the longest established businesses dealing in natural history specimens with a catalogue offering thousands of species. Polish naturalists were major contributors to Maison Verreaux particularly of neotropical and Siberian specimens. This article presents an account of the decline and end of the enterprise through the letters of Władysław Taczanowski to Antoni Waga, Benedykt Dybowski, Konstanty Branicki and Konstanty Jelski.
M. De la Berge presented 53 sterna of birds
The correction is based on:
The key words here are "inadvertent error"... If the OS is not clearly the result of an inadvertent error (i.e., if it cannot be excluded that Smith acted intentionally -- say, in an attempt to create a word that would have a Latin pronunciation close to that of "Verreaux" in French), then the name must not be changed.
I actually have a hard time believing that anyone might "inadvertently" write Verreaux "Verox". And here, Smith didn't just do it once; he did it twice, as he also called an undescribed bustard "Otis veroxii Smith mms. Blue bellied Koran" in a footnote on p. 15 of the same paper.
Martin, I haven't looked into this certain one, but note that later on, though still in the same volume of the South African quarterly journal; "Mr. Verreaux" (also on p.322) is, as well, mentioned as "Mr. J. Verreaux" (on p.323).
If of any use/help?