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From Grant Allen   13 March [1878]

Summary

Sends MS of his paper, "On the coloration of flowers and fruits", filling a gap in CD’s theory relating to these structures, and asks for CD’s comments.

Plans a book on colour sense.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11420

From Grant Allen   19 March [1878]

Summary

Thanks for comments on paper and references to related works. Clarifies points on colour distinction between energy-absorbing (green) and energy-expending (bright-hued) portions of plants and on the influence of flower colour in modifying the insect organism.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11432

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

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

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

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   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

From Grant Allen to G. J. Romanes   28 January 1880

Summary

Is recuperating well in France.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  28 Jan 1880
Classmark:  DAR 159: A46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12440F

To Grant Allen   17 February 1881

Summary

Thanks for Evolutionist at large [1881]. Envies GA’s power of writing. Some statements are too bold, but several of the views are new to CD and seem "extremely probable".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  17 Feb 1881
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13055

From Grant Allen   19 February [1881]

Summary

Thanks for compliments on Evolutionist at large.

Reports on his improving health.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb [1881]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13057

From Grant Allen   10 December [1881]

Summary

Thanks for copy of Origin with its flattering inscription.

Hopes some day to have leisure to do original research.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec [1881]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 48
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13545

To Grant Allen   2 January 1882

Summary

Thanks GA for his article ["The daisy’s pedigree", Cornhill Mag. 44 (1881): 168–81].

The evolutionary argument that petals are transformed stamens is "striking and apparently valid". Doubts petals are naturally yellow.

Wallace’s "generalization about much modified parts being splendidly coloured" is also dubious except as both are caused by sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Date:  2 Jan 1882
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13594

From Grant Allen   24 March 1882

Summary

CD and other friends who got up fund for GA in 1879 have now bought him a microscope; thanks CD, especially as the idea came from him; plans to take up original observations with it.

Author:  Charles Grant Blairfindie (Grant) Allen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1882
Classmark:  DAR 159: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13736
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