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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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