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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

From James Torbitt   12 September 1878

Summary

Has forwarded what he believes to be a new species of Solanum.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 146
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11689

From James Torbitt   16 September 1878

Summary

Apologises for his error over the Solanum.

Thanks CD for his good wishes; JT believes he will increase yield and disease-resistance by his crossing and selection.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 147
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11696

From James Torbitt   8 October 1878

Summary

Forwards letter from Victor Kennedy reporting on the growth of JT’s potatoes in W. Ireland.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 148
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11721

From James Torbitt   [after 18 October 1878]

Summary

Forwards letter from George Callwell reporting what a large and disease-free potato crop JT’s seed yields.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 18 Oct 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11724

From James Torbitt   12 December 1878

Summary

Has examined this year’s crop, which looks good; will prepare a report.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Dec 1878
Classmark:  DAR 178: 150
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11787
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