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To Grant Allen   [before 21 February 1879]

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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 R. B. Sharpe   21 February [1879]

Summary

Sends short testimonial [missing] for RBS, but doubts its value as he has has already given one for the same office [to A. G. Butler, see 11888].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Bowdler Sharpe
Date:  21 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  McGill University Library, Rare Books and Special Collections (Manuscript Collection: Folio A.L.S. Charles Darwin)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11892

To the British Museum   21 February 1879

Summary

Letter of recommendation for Richard Bowdler Sharpe, ornithologist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  British Museum
Date:  21 Feb 1879
Classmark:  Wellcome Library (MS.7781/17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11893

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 W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   21 February [1879]

Summary

Wants to borrow Duchartre’s Éléments de botanique [1867].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Date:  21 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Darwin: Letters to Thiselton-Dyer, 1873–81: ff. 160–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11895

To the Darwin children   21 February 1879

Summary

Circular about the distribution of the overplus of his income and advice on investment.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Elizabeth (Bessy, Lizzy) Darwin; Francis Darwin; George Howard Darwin; Horace Darwin; Leonard Darwin; William Erasmus Darwin; Henrietta Emma Darwin; Henrietta Emma Litchfield
Date:  21 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11896

From Karl Höchberg   21 February 1879

Summary

Describes health-related arguments for vegetarianism. Notes arguments that anthropoid apes are vegetarians. Asks whether man is sufficiently adapted to mixed diet so that meat is not harmful?

Author:  Karl Höchberg
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 166: 227
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11897

From C. W. Hamilton   21 February 1879

Summary

Encloses a press clipping [missing] of his observations [on stem structure?].

Author:  Charles William Hamilton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb 1879
Classmark:  DAR 166: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11898

To Francis Darwin   21 February [1879]

Summary

Is increasing FD’s allowance.

Has begun his chapter on sleep of plants [for Movement in plants].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 50
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11899
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Chirk Castle, Wales

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A 'steady stupid old matron'

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  • … Darwin's former girlfriend writes of Shropshire friends, her illness and her baby daughter. …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … 1 to 216 —— vol 45— Whole vol. vol 47 p 221 to 424. —— 2 d . Series. vol 3. p …