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To James Torbitt   4 March 1880

Summary

Going to London today to speak to T. H. Farrer about funds for potato breeding experiments. "I have told Farrer I would subscribe £50."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12511

To James Torbitt   6 March 1880

Summary

Encloses check [cheque!?] for £50. James Caird will guarantee £75 and T. H. Farrer £25. Above gentlemen think JT should get report on his experiments from independent agriculturists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12520

To James Torbitt   6 March [1880]

Summary

P.S. to letter posted that morning. James Caird cannot pledge £75. Erasmus Darwin and Hensleigh Wedgwood will subscribe. May write letter to the Times. Asks for report on experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12521

To James Torbitt   10 March 1880

Summary

Sends funds for potato experiments. Asks for information on progress.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530

To James Torbitt   11 March [1880]

Summary

Queries how much land has been used to cultivate potato varieties, and how many seedlings have been raised in any one year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (9 November 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530F

To James Torbitt   12 March [1880]

Summary

Asks about possible erratum in JT’s account of experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  12 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12535

To James Torbitt   17 March [1880]

Summary

Asks for additional information about JT’s potato experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  17 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12538

To James Torbitt   20 March 1880

Summary

Thanks for letter and documents [about potato experiments]. Will send testimonial letter to James Caird to be circulated among possible financial supporters of JT’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  20 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12539

To James Torbitt   28 March 1880

Summary

"[James] Caird seems satisfied with what I have said of your method and the results hitherto attained." Can now promise to send £90 in the autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  28 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12552

To James Torbitt   30 March 1880

Summary

Encloses letter about JT’s potato experiments sent to T. H. Farrer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  30 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12555

To James Torbitt   9 May 1880

Summary

Cannot offer any assistance in urging Government to aid JT’s experiments. Thinks best chance through [William Edward?] Forster. William Carruthers reported to Royal Agricultural Society that JT’s attempt was hopeless.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  9 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12602

To James Torbitt   16 June 1880

Summary

Offers advice concerning letter to [William Edward?] Forster requesting Government aid [for potato experiments].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  16 June 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12637

To James Torbitt   29 September 1880

Summary

Rejoices at good news. Will let T. H. Farrer hear the result. Cannot see why some of new varieties should not endure fungus-proof for years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 122
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12731

To James Torbitt   29 October 1880

Summary

"Your secret shall be inviolable, and to make sure in case of my illness or death I have now burnt your letter."

Wishes JT success in commercial venture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12780

To James Torbitt   13 December 1880

Summary

Thanks for report [on potato experiments].

Still has subscription money for JT’s experiments. How much does he need?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12910

To James Torbitt   19 December 1880

Summary

Does JT require part or all of £90 that CD holds from subscribers for his experiments?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  19 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12925

To James Torbitt   25 December 1880

Summary

Suggests JT make public his letter to W. E. Gladstone [on results of potato experiments]; thinks post office would object to JT’s plan of distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  25 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12938
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