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From James Torbitt   24 January 1876

Summary

Are plants that arise from vegetative propagation individuals or merely parts of the original parent plant?

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10365

From James Torbitt   1 April 1876

Summary

Thanks for response to query on what is an individual.

Sends paper on potatoes [see 10440].

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 131
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10437

From James Torbitt   6 April 1876

Summary

Requests permission to publish CD’s previous letter [10440].

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1876
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10441

From James Torbitt   7 April 1876

Summary

Believes publishing CD’s letter will enable JT to suppress the potato disease several years sooner.

Returns CD’s answer to JT’s question "What is an individual?", and repeats his request for permission to publish it.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Apr 1876
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10443

From James Torbitt   12 April 1876

Summary

JT still thinks CD’s opinions on "what is an individual?" should be published.

Seeking financial backing for his research.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 132
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10448

From James Torbitt   18 April 1876

Summary

Sends some potato plants and tubers.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10456

From James Torbitt   19 April 1876

Summary

JT’s crossing experiments on potatoes. Attempts to develop resistance to Peronospora.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 134
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10458

From James Torbitt   22 April 1876

Summary

Thanks for CD’s assistance and his advice on crossing.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Apr 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 135
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10466

From James Torbitt to the House of Commons   6 March 1877

Summary

Exposes means whereby considerable amounts of whisky are being produced duty-free.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  House of Commons
Date:  6 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 178: 136
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10881

From James Torbitt   24 February 1878

Summary

Wants CD to forward to Chancellor of Exchequer a letter which explains the progress he has made in his potato crossing. Wants to print a CD letter to arouse public interest in the work.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 52: E2, DAR 178: 137
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11373

From James Torbitt   28 February 1878

Summary

Thanks for letter. Prepared to continue experiments if aided. Thinks of distributing new [potato] varieties. Believes seeds should be planted this spring.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 144: 484
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11382

From James Torbitt   6 March 1878

Summary

Problems of continuing with his crossing experiments; financial help from CD.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 138
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11403

From James Torbitt   14 March 1878

Summary

Talk of a subscription to help JT’s experiments. Progress of experiment; loss of fungus-resistance in varieties as they age.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 139
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11424

From James Torbitt   15 March 1878

Summary

Potato crossing experiments. Encloses printed copies of letters from people who have grown his potato seed.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11426

From James Torbitt   15 March 1878

Summary

Enclosure: printed copies of letters from people who have grown his potato seed (pages from Torbitt 1876).

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11426F

From James Torbitt   17 March 1878

Summary

Life history of potato varieties. Changes in fruit, flower, and seed production with increasing age of a variety.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 141
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11430

From James Torbitt   24 March 1878

Summary

Sales of [potato] varieties have reduced amount of money needed [for experiments].

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 142
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11440

From James Torbitt   24 March 1878

Summary

Thanks for CD’s criticism and advice. The difficult question of whether varieties "wear out".

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 143
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11441

From James Torbitt   3 April 1878

Summary

Thanks for £100; will pay for planting this year’s varieties.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 144
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11462

From James Torbitt   26 June 1878

Summary

Progress of experiments. Wants CD’s advice on best way to cross-fertilise his plants.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 145
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11568
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