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To T. H. Farrer   14 February 1880

Down. | Beckenham. Kent &c.

Feb: 14. 80.

My dear Farrer.

If you are not utterly weary of the subject will you read this letter—1 It seems that Mr T is too poor to go on without aid, and it will be a grievous shame, in my opinion, if he is not aided & there has been so much delay on the part of Lord Sandon, that there is now but little time to spare—2 There is, I suppose, no hope, only political squabbles are cared for. would you be so kind as to let me hear as soon as you feel convinced that Government will give no aid that I may inform Mr Torbitt that he must give up his experiments & dispose of his stock—

Ever yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin.

P.S. I would subscribe £50 but I have not strength or time to go begging for the remainder; and it is too horrid work for anyone whatever to undertake—

Therefore if anything is to be done it must I think, be done by Government—though whether the G. can or will do such a thing is quite beyond my knowledge—


See letter from James Torbitt, 12 February 1880 and n. 2. Farrer had asked Dudley Francis Stuart Ryder, Viscount Sandon, to seek government aid for James Torbitt.


Torbitt too poor to go on with [potato] experiments. If anything is to be done it must be by Government.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st baronet and 1st Baron Farrer
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DAR 144: 100
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C 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12479,” accessed on 11 August 2022,