RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1879. [Extract from a letter to Grant Allen]. In Allen, G., Colour in nature. Nature 19 (24 April): 581.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned by J. David Archibald, transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 4.2011. RN1

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May I add a sentence from a private letter of Mr. Darwin's, which helps out the same view on a larger scale? "The contrast," he says, "in the colour of the birds in Patagonia" (where he had just noticed "the sombre aspect of nature"), "and on the bright green flower-decked plains of La Plata is very striking."1

1 Darwin to [Grant Allen] [before 21 February 1879] Calendar 11891. In the original letter Darwin referred to "the sombre aspect of nature" in the Galapagos and Patagonia.

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