Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset to unknown correspondent [none given] on 5 November 1889.
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A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
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Transcriber: Cooper, Rod
Transcription date: April 3, 2014
Scrutiny: 10/04/2014 - Benny, Ruth;
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Nov[ember]. 5th. 1889
My dear Sir1
Your case of the chaffinch using newspaper in its nest is interesting, but many similar modifications have been recorded.
As to the song of the birds at other times than the pairing season I think it is merely the pleasurable exercise of a function originally gained for purposes of recognition between the sexes & perhaps also as an aid to sexual excitement.
I cannot enter into the question of the accumulation of any faculty without the aid of selection which does not seem to me to be likely.
Yours faithfully | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]
1. The addressee is not known.
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