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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

To James Torbitt   1 November 1879

Summary

Has seen newspaper accounts of JT’s potato experiments. T. H. Farrer wants to know whether JT has published any account of them, and how much assistance he needs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12286

To James Torbitt   7 November 1879

Summary

Wrote to T. H. Farrer about JT’s potato experiments. Would be calamity if JT were prevented from trying successful fungus-proof variety for a few more years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  7 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12297

To James Torbitt   17 November 1879

Summary

Describes problems of raising money [for potato experiments]. "A Government official in another office remarked to me that it was very difficult for Ministers to decide what to do in such cases as they must be prepared for mere cavillers in the H[ouse] of Commons."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12326

To James Torbitt   27 December 1879

Summary

Glad to hear about vines.

Hopes JT will be able to continue work without Government aid. "It is enough to sicken one to see how politicians waste their time squabbling and neglect doing any good."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  27 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12372
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