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From T. H. Farrer   9 March 1878

Summary

Believes letter from CD endorsed by JDH will virtually guarantee Government or private support for Torbitt’s experiments. Queries experimental procedure.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11409

From T. H. Farrer   9 March 1878

Summary

Caird agrees that there will be no difficulty in getting finances.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 88
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11410

To T. H. Farrer   11 March 1878

Summary

Has returned letter to Caird and dispatched corrected letter to Hooker [11406] [concerning potato experiments].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  11 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 144: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11412

To T. H. Farrer   13 March 1878

Summary

Hooker approves of Torbitt’s plan [concerning potato experiments]. Torbitt, wine and spirit merchant in Belfast, highly respectable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 144: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11421

From T. H. Farrer   20 March 1878

Summary

What does Torbitt propose to do with CD’s £100; does he want another £100 now or soon?

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 89
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11435

To T. H. Farrer   26 March [1878]

Summary

James Caird does not think Torbitt’s success justifies application to Government. Torbitt has four acres planted with seedlings. Has sent back CD’s £100. Shall CD insist that he keep it?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  26 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11447

From T. H. Farrer   29 March 1878

Summary

Suggests Torbitt proceed with his work for this year; if he wishes to continue next year THF will try to arrange Government support.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11454

To T. H. Farrer   31 March 1878

Summary

Thanks THF and James Caird for their assistance. Will send back the £100 to Torbitt.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  31 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 144: 96b
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11457

From T. H. Farrer   4 May 1878

Summary

Sends Ledum, the nectar of which catches many insects.

Describes his Primula varieties.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1878
Classmark:  DAR 164: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11494

To T. H. Farrer   7 May [1878]

Summary

Has received Ledum with its captured flies.

"At present I care for nothing in this wide world except the biology of seedling plants."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  7 May [1878]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/29)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11495

To T. H. Farrer   8 May [1878]

Summary

Doubts Ledum warrants investigation. Glands probably serve only to protect the flowers against crawling insects, which would not cross-fertilise them.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  8 May [1878]
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (LS Ms 299/30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11496

From T. H. Farrer   4 May 1879

Summary

Is struck by the amazing variations of the hardy Primula varieties.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12031

From T. H. Farrer to Horace Darwin   [before 27 June 1879]

Summary

Explains why he does not approve of an engagement between his daughter, Emma Cecilia (Ida) Farrer and Horace Darwin.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Horace Darwin
Date:  [before 27 June 1879]
Classmark:  English Heritage, Down House (EH 88207899)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12124F

To T. H. Farrer   27 June [1879]

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Summary

Wishes to call on THF to discuss the situation with regard to Horace Darwin [who wishes to marry THF’s daughter, Emma Cecilia (Ida)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  27 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 185: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12125

From T. H. Farrer   12 October 1879

Summary

Gives up his wish to keep secret the engagement of his daughter to Horace Darwin.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12253

To T. H. Farrer   13 October 1879

Summary

Rejoices at THF’s consenting to the marriage of his daughter Ida and Horace Darwin, although the match is a poor one for Ida "in a worldly point of view". [See 12253.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  13 Oct 1879
Classmark:  English Heritage, Down House (EH 88207898)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12256A

To T. H. Farrer   23 October 1879

Summary

Forwards newspaper reports by growers of Torbitt’s potatoes. Torbitt is in much distress and CD fears all his work will be thrown away unless he is aided.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  23 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 144: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12268

From T. H. Farrer   30 October 1879

Summary

Has Torbitt any further results? THF has forgotten what he had proposed to do.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12279

To T. H. Farrer   31 October 1879

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Summary

Discusses financial and other arrangements for marriage of Horace Darwin and Ida Farrer. Mentions anticipated inheritance of children.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Date:  31 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 185: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12280

From T. H. Farrer   2 November 1879

Summary

Concerning the settlement for Horace Darwin and Ida.

Will give CD’s potato papers to Lord Sandon.

Author:  Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 164: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12287
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