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From James Torbitt   3 April 1878

58 North Street. | Belfast,

3 April 1878

Charles Darwin Esq. | Down.

My dear Sir,

I accept of your £100 check with the greatest pleasure and am not in the least discouraged or disappointed, on the contrary, I propose this year to grow not five, but fifteen thousand new varieties, for every plant of which, your money shall pay— and I am proud that it should do so.1

I remain my Dear Sir ever | Most respectfully | and gratefully yours | James Torbitt


CD had sent a cheque for £100 on 4 March to aid Torbitt’s attempts to breed a disease-resistant potato; Torbitt had returned the cheque when he discovered that he would only need two later payments of £50 in May and August (see letter to James Torbitt, 4 March 1878, and letter from James Torbitt, 24 March 1878). CD, however, sent the cheque for £100 back to Torbitt after Thomas Henry Farrer explained the difficulty of getting government funding for the experiments (see letter to James Torbitt, 31 March 1878).


Thanks for £100; will pay for planting this year’s varieties.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Torbitt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 178: 144
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11462,” accessed on 5 March 2021,