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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frank M. Chapman
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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frank M. Chapman


Library of Congress Manuscript Division


Theodore Roosevelt relates to Frank M. Chapman that while visiting Archibald Roosevelt at his school in Mesa, Arizona, he noticed a number of birds which he failed at the time to recognize as cactus wren, due to the solid black coloration of their throats and their vigorous, familiar behavior. Roosevelt is forwarding several specimens to Chapman to ascertain whether his identification of the birds was correct. Roosevelt will soon begin writing an article on concealing coloration, as he is surprised that scientists have accepted Abbott Handerson Thayer's theories on the subject so readily.

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Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919


Chapman, Frank M. (Frank Michler), 1864-1945

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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frank M. Chapman. Theodore Roosevelt Papers. Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. Dickinson State University.
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