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To James Torbitt   26 January 1876

Summary

Obliged for Belfast Journal.

Almost impossible to determine what constitutes an individual. Definition for sexually reproducing organisms does not apply to lower ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  26 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10368

To James Torbitt   4 April 1876

Summary

Thanks for essay [Cras credemus: a treatise on the cultivation of the potato from the seed, having for proposed results the extinction of the disease (1876)] and seeds. Thinks principle on which JT is acting is right.

Cannot allow publication of his earlier letter [10368], as he cannot recall what he wrote.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 92
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10440

To James Torbitt   6 April 1876

Summary

JT may publish CD’s letter.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Apr 1876
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10442

To James Torbitt   14 April 1876

Summary

Gives advice on breeding of blight-resistant potatoes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  14 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10451

To James Torbitt   21 April 1876

Summary

Does not think that publishing his letters as advertisement [for potato experiments] would help JT’s cause, so CD cannot give permission.

Regrets that he has neither the time nor health to undertake crossing experiments with JT’s specimens. Discusses crossing varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  21 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 94
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10463

To James Torbitt   30 July 1877

Summary

Makes suggestions regarding statement on potato experiments to be published in Daily News.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  30 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 148: 95
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11081

From H. E. Stanley to James Torbitt   29 December 1877

Summary

Reports on potatoes grown from Torbitt’s seed.

Author:  Henry Edward John Stanley, 3d Baron Stanley and 2d Baron Eddisbury
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 245
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11296

To James Torbitt   26 February 1878

Summary

Comments on letter on potato experiments JT intends to publish. Will talk with T. H. Farrer concerning JT’s work. Could he undertake work if aided by moderate grant or subscription?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  26 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 96
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11378

To James Torbitt   [28 February 1878]

Summary

T. H. Farrer will consider which department of Government to apply to [for funds for potato experiments]. Government will probably ask Hooker for advice, so CD has written to him. How much money does JT need?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [28 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 97
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11383

To James Torbitt   1 March 1878

Summary

T. H. Farrer has talked to James Caird. He believes Royal Agricultural Society will cultivate JT’s seeds. CD pledges £100 for JT’s own experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11387

To James Torbitt   4 March 1878

Summary

No use in thinking about Royal Agricultural Society. William Carruthers, botanist of Society, thinks attempt hopeless. T. H. Farrer and James Caird are thinking of application to Government. Makes suggestions about experiments [on potatoes].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11399

To James Torbitt   11 March [1878]

Summary

T. H. Farrer and James Caird think it would be less trouble to get subscription from rich agriculturists than from Government. CD thinks it utopian to hope to raise variety of potatoes from seed; must be propagated from tubers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11413

To James Torbitt   20 March 1878

Summary

Discusses sterility of potato flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  20 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11434

To James Torbitt   21 March [1878]

Summary

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

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  21 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11436

To James Torbitt   31 March 1878

Summary

Sends £100 to JT. T. H. Farrer and James Caird think they can get another £100 next year [for potato experiments].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  31 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11458

To James Torbitt   10 April [1876]

Summary

JT may publish enclosed [letter by CD?], but it is not worth publication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Apr [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 104
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11468

To James Torbitt   28 June 1878

Summary

Discusses methods of fertilising potatoes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  28 June 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11574

To James Torbitt   [1]4 December 1878

Summary

Congratulates JT on success in breeding potato varieties.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [1]4 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 106
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11772

To James Torbitt   [after 30 April 1879]

Summary

Would like to see JT’s published report on potato experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [after 30 Apr 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 152r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12021

To James Torbitt   3 May 1879

Summary

Encourages JT’s experiments. His case of flowering of black potatoes is curious. CD surprised that they are odoriferous and visited by bees. This letter was thought to be to David Moore, because it was in the private collection of a descendant, but is extremely close to a draft to JT on the letter from JT, 30 April 1879 (DCP-LETT-12020). It is not known how it passed from JT to David Moore.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  3 May 1879
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin (DSS/DM/1/1/16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12027
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