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From James Torbitt   [18 March 1880]

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On the disease-resisting qualities and yield of certain potatoes.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [18 Mar 1880]
Classmark:  DAR 52: E15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12381

From James Torbitt   12 February 1880

Summary

It might be possible to borrow £500 [for potato experiments]. Variety of "The Champion" spreading over the Kingdom. Champion lately less able to produce.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1880
Classmark:  DAR 144: 486
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12472

From James Torbitt   [3 March 1880]

Summary

Potatoes will be lost unless JT has immediate authority to proceed.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 160
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12507

To James Torbitt   4 March 1880

Summary

Going to London today to speak to T. H. Farrer about funds for potato breeding experiments. "I have told Farrer I would subscribe £50."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  4 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12511

From James Torbitt   5 March 1880

Summary

Wonders whether Lord Derby would advance him the money to continue his work.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 161
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12516

From James Torbitt   5 March 1880

Summary

Is prepared to continue his work, if financial help is forthcoming.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 162
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12517

To James Torbitt   6 March 1880

Summary

Encloses check [cheque!?] for £50. James Caird will guarantee £75 and T. H. Farrer £25. Above gentlemen think JT should get report on his experiments from independent agriculturists.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12520

To James Torbitt   6 March [1880]

Summary

P.S. to letter posted that morning. James Caird cannot pledge £75. Erasmus Darwin and Hensleigh Wedgwood will subscribe. May write letter to the Times. Asks for report on experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  6 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12521

To James Torbitt   10 March 1880

Summary

Sends funds for potato experiments. Asks for information on progress.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530

To James Torbitt   11 March [1880]

Summary

Queries how much land has been used to cultivate potato varieties, and how many seedlings have been raised in any one year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  11 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (9 November 2016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12530F

From James Torbitt   12 March 1880

Summary

Hopes to finish his report tomorrow; last year’s crosses were failures.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 163
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12534

To James Torbitt   12 March [1880]

Summary

Asks about possible erratum in JT’s account of experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  12 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 115
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12535

To James Torbitt   17 March [1880]

Summary

Asks for additional information about JT’s potato experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  17 Mar [1880]
Classmark:  DAR 148: 116
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12538

To James Torbitt   20 March 1880

Summary

Thanks for letter and documents [about potato experiments]. Will send testimonial letter to James Caird to be circulated among possible financial supporters of JT’s work.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  20 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 117
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12539

To James Torbitt   28 March 1880

Summary

"[James] Caird seems satisfied with what I have said of your method and the results hitherto attained." Can now promise to send £90 in the autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  28 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 118
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12552

To James Torbitt   30 March 1880

Summary

Encloses letter about JT’s potato experiments sent to T. H. Farrer.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  30 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12555

From James Torbitt   1 April 1880

Summary

Is keeping down his expenditure; has some landowners growing potatoes for him.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 164
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12557

To James Torbitt   9 May 1880

Summary

Cannot offer any assistance in urging Government to aid JT’s experiments. Thinks best chance through [William Edward?] Forster. William Carruthers reported to Royal Agricultural Society that JT’s attempt was hopeless.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  9 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 120
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12602

From James Torbitt   13 May 1880

Summary

Has planted six, as opposed to eleven acres last year, to keep within expenditure. Must pollen be used immediately? Fourteen landowners are growing potatoes for JT.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 165
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12605

From James Torbitt   7 June 1880

Summary

Sets out specific propositions concerning his potato varieties, which he will make to the Government, if he is given CD’s and T. H. Farrer’s support.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 166
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12622
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