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From James Torbitt   6 April 1876


6th April, 1876.

Letter received with profound thanks. I can make it suppress the potato-disease five years sooner, if published. May I?1


An article in the Daily Telegraph, 18 April 1876, p. 5, paraphrased CD’s comments in his letter to Torbitt of 4 April 1876. See letter from James Torbitt, 19 April 1876 and n. 7.


Torbitt, James. 1876. Cras credemus. A treatise on the cultivation of the potato from the seed, having for proposed results the extinction of the disease, and a yield of thirty, forty or more tons of tubers per statute acre. (Sent, accompanied by a packet of seed, to each member of the House of Lords; each member of the House of Commons; and the principal landlords of Ulster.) Belfast: printed by Alexander Mayne.


Requests permission to publish CD’s previous letter [10440].

Letter details

Letter no.
James Torbitt
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10441,” accessed on 18 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24