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To James Torbitt   21 March [1878]1


March 21,

My dear Sir

Please read the note on the other side and return it to me.2 Also be so kind as to send me a short note, which I can forward to Mr. Farrer and which will explain how much aid you require.3

My dear Sir | In Haste | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

If possible answer by return of Post and not by Telegraph.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the first letter from James Torbitt, 24 March 1878.
The note, evidently written on the verso of the original, has not been found.
Thomas Henry Farrer had asked CD how much money Torbitt needed to continue his potato experiments (see letter from T. H. Farrer, 20 March 1878). CD had sent Torbitt a cheque for £100 (see letter to James Torbitt, 4 March 1878).


Asks how much aid JT requires [for potato experiments].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Torbitt
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Source of text
DAR 148: 102
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11436,” accessed on 19 April 2021,