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To Grant Allen   [before 21 February 1879]

Summary

Read GA’s book [The colour-sense] with "great interest". Makes criticisms and suggestions.

Cannot believe in GA’s theory of the origin of pleasure and pain.

Is glad he defends sexual selection;

CD finds A. R. Wallace’s explanations "mere empty words" and for many years he has "quite doubted [ARW’s] scientific judgment".

Considers the possible effect of environmental colour on the colour tastes of animals.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  [before 21 Feb 1879]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11891

To Grant Allen   2 [May] 1879

Summary

Has just read GA’s article in Fortnightly Review ["A problem of human evolution", 31 (1879): 778–86]. GA’s views very probable. Something wonderful to hear anyone defending sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  2 [May] 1879
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11967

To Grant Allen   26 May [1879]

Summary

Has GA seen an article on GA’s Colour-sense by a great man, J. R. L. Delboeuf, in Revue Scientifique 24 May 1879? It has pleased CD greatly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  26 May [1879]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12062

From Grant Allen   12 February 1879

Summary

Has sent copy of his new book, Colour-sense [1879]; in anticipation of criticism, he justifies his reliance on recorded observations rather than experiments, by the heavy demands of his career as a journalist.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 159: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11873

From Grant Allen   21 February [1879]

Summary

Thanks for criticisms of Colour-sense.

Clarifies his views that actions desirable for species result in development of nervous organs capable of pleasurable stimulation.

Believes that all "tastes" occurring in nature are explicable with reference to ancestral habits and that none is purely arbitrary.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11894

From Grant Allen   29 May 1879

Summary

Thanks for postcard informing him of Delboeuf’s review of his book; he had already seen review.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 159: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12068
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