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From James Torbitt   12 September 1878

James Torbitt, | 58 North Street. | Belfast,

12 Septr 1878

Charles Darwin Esqr. | Down.

My dear Sir,

Your kind letter of 28th. June last I propose to reply to later on, meantime I have forwarded to your address a specimen of what I suspect to be a new species of the genus solanum and would ask you to kindly say would you or Sir J. Hooker care to have a plant of it growing?1

I am my dear Sir | most respectfully yours | James Torbitt


See letter to James Torbitt, 28 June 1878. Torbitt sent a specimen of Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade or bittersweet (see letter from James Torbitt, 16 September 1878). Torbitt was principally interested in potatoes, which are also members of the genus Solanum. Joseph Dalton Hooker was the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Has forwarded what he believes to be a new species of Solanum.

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Letter no.
James Torbitt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 178: 146
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11689,” accessed on 21 June 2024,