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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

To James Torbitt   26 February 1878

Summary

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

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

To James Torbitt   [28 February 1878]

Summary

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

To James Torbitt   1 March 1878

Summary

T. H. Farrer has talked to James Caird. He believes Royal Agricultural Society will cultivate JT’s seeds. CD pledges £100 for JT’s own experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 98
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11387

To James Torbitt   4 March 1878

Summary

No use in thinking about Royal Agricultural Society. William Carruthers, botanist of Society, thinks attempt hopeless. T. H. Farrer and James Caird are thinking of application to Government. Makes suggestions about experiments [on potatoes].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 99
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11399

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

To James Torbitt   11 March [1878]

Summary

T. H. Farrer and James Caird think it would be less trouble to get subscription from rich agriculturists than from Government. CD thinks it utopian to hope to raise variety of potatoes from seed; must be propagated from tubers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 100
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11413

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

To James Torbitt   20 March 1878

Summary

Discusses sterility of potato flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  20 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11434

To James Torbitt   21 March [1878]

Summary

Asks how much aid JT requires [for potato experiments].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  21 Mar [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 102
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11436

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

To James Torbitt   31 March 1878

Summary

Sends £100 to JT. T. H. Farrer and James Caird think they can get another £100 next year [for potato experiments].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  31 Mar 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11458

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

To James Torbitt   28 June 1878

Summary

Discusses methods of fertilising potatoes.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  28 June 1878
Classmark:  DAR 148: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11574
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