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To James Torbitt   27 December 1879

Summary

Glad to hear about vines.

Hopes JT will be able to continue work without Government aid. "It is enough to sicken one to see how politicians waste their time squabbling and neglect doing any good."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  27 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12372

To James Torbitt   4 March 1880

Summary

Going to London today to speak to T. H. Farrer about funds for potato breeding experiments. "I have told Farrer I would subscribe £50."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12511

To James Torbitt   6 March 1880

Summary

Encloses check [cheque!?] for £50. James Caird will guarantee £75 and T. H. Farrer £25. Above gentlemen think JT should get report on his experiments from independent agriculturists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12520

To James Torbitt   6 March [1880]

Summary

P.S. to letter posted that morning. James Caird cannot pledge £75. Erasmus Darwin and Hensleigh Wedgwood will subscribe. May write letter to the Times. Asks for report on experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12521

To James Torbitt   10 March 1880

Summary

Sends funds for potato experiments. Asks for information on progress.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530

To James Torbitt   11 March [1880]

Summary

Queries how much land has been used to cultivate potato varieties, and how many seedlings have been raised in any one year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (9 November 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530F

To James Torbitt   19 December 1880

Summary

Does JT require part or all of £90 that CD holds from subscribers for his experiments?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  19 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12925

To James Torbitt   25 December 1880

Summary

Suggests JT make public his letter to W. E. Gladstone [on results of potato experiments]; thinks post office would object to JT’s plan of distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  25 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12938

To James Torbitt   [5] January 1881

Summary

T. H. Farrer and James Caird express great interest in JT’s report. Have instructed CD to hold £90 for use by JT in spring. Caird asks that potatoes be sent to his gardener for trials.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [5] Jan 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12966

To James Torbitt   15 March 1881

Summary

Obliged for potatoes. Has instructed that they be planted and labelled.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  15 Mar 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13086

To James Torbitt   18 May 1881

Summary

Sends £90 [for experiments on potatoes]. Sorry JT cannot get his varieties well enough known to ensure large sale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  18 May 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13165

To James Torbitt   10 January 1882

Summary

CD’s gardener reports that potatoes were not attacked by disease, but yield was not good. Noble of JT to plan the return of subscriptions if trade continues to improve.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 148: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13608

To James Torbitt   26 January 1876

Summary

Obliged for Belfast Journal.

Almost impossible to determine what constitutes an individual. Definition for sexually reproducing organisms does not apply to lower ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  26 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10368

To James Torbitt   4 April 1876

Summary

Thanks for essay [Cras credemus: a treatise on the cultivation of the potato from the seed, having for proposed results the extinction of the disease (1876)] and seeds. Thinks principle on which JT is acting is right.

Cannot allow publication of his earlier letter [10368], as he cannot recall what he wrote.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10440

To James Torbitt   6 April 1876

Summary

JT may publish CD’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Apr 1876
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10442

To James Torbitt   14 April 1876

Summary

Gives advice on breeding of blight-resistant potatoes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  14 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 93; Belfast News-Letter, 22 April 1876, p. 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10451

To James Torbitt   21 April 1876

Summary

Does not think that publishing his letters as advertisement [for potato experiments] would help JT’s cause, so CD cannot give permission.

Regrets that he has neither the time nor health to undertake crossing experiments with JT’s specimens. Discusses crossing varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  21 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10463

To James Torbitt   30 July 1877

Summary

Makes suggestions regarding statement on potato experiments to be published in Daily News.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  30 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 148: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11081

To James Torbitt   26 February 1878

Summary

Comments on letter on potato experiments JT intends to publish. Will talk with T. H. Farrer concerning JT’s work. Could he undertake work if aided by moderate grant or subscription?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  26 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11378

To James Torbitt   [28 February 1878]

Summary

T. H. Farrer will consider which department of Government to apply to [for funds for potato experiments]. Government will probably ask Hooker for advice, so CD has written to him. How much money does JT need?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [28 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11383
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