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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

From James Torbitt   [1879?]

Summary

Has found no [potato] variety whose foliage can resist the parasite, except when grown under glass.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1879?]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 151
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11814

From James Torbitt   30 April 1879

Summary

Has had an account of his experiments published. Sends CD some specimens of seedlings and tubers.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 152
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12020

To James Torbitt   [after 30 April 1879]

Summary

Would like to see JT’s published report on potato experiments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  [after 30 Apr 1879]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 152r
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12021

From James Torbitt   1 May 1879

Summary

Describes one of his varieties of potato in its third and fourth years. [CD notes his observations on this variety grown at Down, July 1879.]

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 153
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12023

To James Torbitt   3 May 1879

Summary

Encourages JT’s experiments. His case of flowering of black potatoes is curious. CD surprised that they are odoriferous and visited by bees. This letter was thought to be to David Moore, because it was in the private collection of a descendant, but is extremely close to a draft to JT on the letter from JT, 30 April 1879 (DCP-LETT-12020). It is not known how it passed from JT to David Moore.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  3 May 1879
Classmark:  National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Library, Glasnevin (DSS/DM/1/1/16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12027

From James Torbitt   18 September 1879

Summary

Illness of his wife.

Potato crossing experiments; believes he has increased yield considerably.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 154
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12233

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

From James Torbitt   25 December 1879

Summary

Reports that Phylloxera-resistant vines have been found in an infected region of Portugal.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 178: 159
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12370

To James Torbitt   27 December 1879

Summary

Glad to hear about vines.

Hopes JT will be able to continue work without Government aid. "It is enough to sicken one to see how politicians waste their time squabbling and neglect doing any good."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  27 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 148: 110
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12372

From James Torbitt   [18 March 1880]

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Summary

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
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