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To James Torbitt   1 November 1879

Summary

Has seen newspaper accounts of JT’s potato experiments. T. H. Farrer wants to know whether JT has published any account of them, and how much assistance he needs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 107
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12286

From James Torbitt   4 November 1879

Summary

Success of his experiments; report on recent work.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 52: E3; DAR 178: 155
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12292

To James Torbitt   7 November 1879

Summary

Wrote to T. H. Farrer about JT’s potato experiments. Would be calamity if JT were prevented from trying successful fungus-proof variety for a few more years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  7 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12297

From James Torbitt   15 November 1879

Summary

Encloses latest report on his new potatoes. Believes the plants should be grown from seed every fourth year to preserve yield and disease-resistance.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 52: E4; DAR 178: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12322

To James Torbitt   17 November 1879

Summary

Describes problems of raising money [for potato experiments]. "A Government official in another office remarked to me that it was very difficult for Ministers to decide what to do in such cases as they must be prepared for mere cavillers in the H[ouse] of Commons."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  17 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12326

From James Torbitt   20 November 1879

Summary

Intends to get his ideas on the "wearing out" of varieties printed.

This year’s crosses were failures.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 157
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12332

From James Torbitt   [after 19 November 1879]

Summary

Encloses a report on JT’s potato varieties by William Meredith, one of the many individuals in the country who are growing them.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [after 19 Nov 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 158
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12337
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