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Record number: WCP5502

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
unknown correspondent
5 November 1889

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to unknown correspondent [none given] on 5 November 1889.

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14 February 2014 by Benny, Ruth


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LETTER (WCP5502.6235)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Isle of Wight Country Record Office
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Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Parkstone, Dorset.

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]


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