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From James Torbitt   24 February 1878


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

To James Torbitt   26 February 1878


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

From James Torbitt   28 February 1878


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

To James Torbitt   [28 February 1878]


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
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