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To W. E. Gladstone   2 October 1877


Has read WEG’s article ["The colour sense", Nineteenth Century 2 (1877): 366–88] on H. Magnus’ view. Informs him of a criticism of this view and reply by Magnus in Kosmos. Offers to send the article.

CD has contributed some facts on the difficulty children have in distinguishing colours (or naming them correctly).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  2 Oct 1877
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 44455: 120–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11163

To W. E. Gladstone   25 October [1877]


Sends WEG the two articles [see 11163] with references.

CD thinks savages do not have names for shades of colours, which is curious since those he has known have names for every slight promontory or hill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Ewart Gladstone
Date:  25 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  The British Library (Add MS 44455: 210)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11207

From W. E. Gladstone   23 October 1877


Accepts CD’s offer to send numbers of Kosmos.

WEG thinks the evidence from Homer’s text is conclusive that his "discrimination of colour was as defective as his sense of form and of motion was exact and lively".

Author:  William Ewart Gladstone
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 165: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11202
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