Charles Francis Saunders
serving the ravens which are very numerous there. We had never known them to be possessed of any [note?] but the harsh "caw" which everybody knows, until one day we came unawares quite close upon one perched upon a fence post on a high hill. He moved his head with great [regularity?] from side to side and at the same time uttered in a low, musical tone, a phrase which may be written approximately:[musical notation]an so on over an over again.We listened to him entranced for quite a while, until by and by he flew away. His quiet song was so strange a performance, seeing as though it might be in rehearsal of some more public performance that the had in mind, that it has remained in our memories ever since, and we have thought that you could perhaps tell us what significance it has, and whether or not it is a usual thing with the raven.We should indeed be grateful for any and of enlightenment you may be able to give us on
1903 Aug 9
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 24.5 cm.
Reel 13, Image 0766
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