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Alfred Russel Wallace
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? Editor of "The Condor"
22 February 1905

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset, England to ? Editor of "The Condor" [address not recorded] on 22 February 1905.

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Wallace, Alfred Russel. (1905). lttE [one of three printed in response to a survey as "The Future Problems and Aims of Ornithology"]. The Condor, 7(3): 62-66. [p. 63]

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[[1]] [p. 63]1

Broadstone, Wimbourne, England

February 22, 1905.

Dear Sir:

The chief department of Zoology that I take much interest in now, is the carrying out of experimentl observations on the alleged instincts of the higher animals (as the alleged instinct of direction) and also of experiments to prove or disprove the alleged heredity of acquired characters, and similar problems. With such a large endowment as the Leland Stanford University has, I wonder some experimental farm for these purposes has not been founded. Almost every other department of bioloogy seems now to be overdone -- except also the accurate observation of animal life in the tropics, for the purpose of detecting the utility of all the special characters of the various groups of land animals.

I trust these hints may include some students with independent means to take up some of these studies.

Yours very truly, | Alfred R. Wallace


1. Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A response to a letter of inquiry sent our by the Editor of journal The Condor on this subject; Wallace's answer one of three, and printed on page 63 of the journal's issue of May-June 1905.


This transcript originates from Charles H. Smith;s The Alfred Russel Wallace Page website (http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm): See http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S620A.htm

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