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From James Torbitt   12 March 1880

J. Torbitt, | Wine Merchant | 58, North Street, | Belfast,

12 Mar 1880

Charles Darwin Esqr | Down

My dear Sir,

I have your valued letter of 10th. and post card of yesterday with check from Mr E A, Darwin for £25 enclosed and for which I should like him to have my best thanks—please do not send any more money till the autumn.1

I am sorry my report is so long but hope to finish tomorrow, I have to stop now to look up accounts &c to reply to your queries.2

I have just finished pricking out 2000 seedlings, they are the same as last years seedlings second cross— The crossing attempted last year was a failure, none of the plants operated on having produced fruit.

I remain my dear Sir | most respectfully and faithfully yours | James Torbitt


See letter to James Torbitt, 10 March 1880, and postcard to James Torbitt, 11 March [1880]. CD’s brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, had subscribed £25 to enable Torbitt to continue his blight-resistant potato experiments; see letter to James Torbitt, 6 March [1880] and n. 3.
CD wanted Torbitt to write a report in response to his queries; see letter to James Torbitt, 10 March 1880 and n. 4.


Hopes to finish his report tomorrow; last year’s crosses were failures.

Letter details

Letter no.
James Torbitt
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 178: 163
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12534,” accessed on 12 September 2023,