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To James Torbitt   29 October 1880

Summary

"Your secret shall be inviolable, and to make sure in case of my illness or death I have now burnt your letter."

Wishes JT success in commercial venture.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  29 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 123
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12780

From James Torbitt   11 December 1880

Summary

Thinks his private notes failed to convey his ideas. JT wanted CD "to look at the product and express an opinion as to its value".

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12905

To James Torbitt   13 December 1880

Summary

Thanks for report [on potato experiments].

Still has subscription money for JT’s experiments. How much does he need?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  13 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12910

From James Torbitt   15 December 1880

Summary

Forster cannot help at present. Is sending copies of an enclosure [missing] to Downing Street.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 178: 170, 171/3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12915

To James Torbitt   19 December 1880

Summary

Does JT require part or all of £90 that CD holds from subscribers for his experiments?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  19 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12925

From James Torbitt   23 December 1880

Summary

Will CD hold the £90 for JT? Asks him to read enclosed printed letter to W. E. Gladstone which he hopes will attract attention.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 52: E5; DAR 178: 171 ff. 1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12934

To James Torbitt   25 December 1880

Summary

Suggests JT make public his letter to W. E. Gladstone [on results of potato experiments]; thinks post office would object to JT’s plan of distribution.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  25 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 148: 126
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12938

To James Torbitt   [5 January 1881]

Summary

T. H. Farrer and James Caird express great interest in JT’s report. Have instructed CD to hold £90 for use by JT in spring. Caird asks that potatoes be sent to his gardener for trials.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  1 Jan 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 127
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12966

From James Torbitt   8 January 1881

Summary

Report on the progress of his experiments with potatoes; some varieties spoilt by an apparently hereditary disease.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Jan 1881
Classmark:  DAR 178: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12995

From James Torbitt   10 March 1881

Summary

Sends CD some samples of recent produce. Is "pretty well disgusted by the apathy and stupidity" he has encountered whilst trying to arouse interest and support for his work.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1881
Classmark:  DAR 178: 173, DAR 52: E6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13083

To James Torbitt   15 March 1881

Summary

Obliged for potatoes. Has instructed that they be planted and labelled.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  15 Mar 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13086

To James Torbitt   18 May 1881

Summary

Sends £90 [for experiments on potatoes]. Sorry JT cannot get his varieties well enough known to ensure large sale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  18 May 1881
Classmark:  DAR 148: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13165

From James Torbitt   20 May 1881

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Summary

Receipt, in CD’s hand, signed by JT, acknowledging subscriptions.

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1881
Classmark:  DAR 52: E17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13168

To James Torbitt   10 January 1882

Summary

CD’s gardener reports that potatoes were not attacked by disease, but yield was not good. Noble of JT to plan the return of subscriptions if trade continues to improve.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  10 Jan 1882
Classmark:  DAR 148: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13608

From James Torbitt   24 January 1876

Summary

Are plants that arise from vegetative propagation individuals or merely parts of the original parent plant?

Author:  James Torbitt
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 178: 130
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10365

To James Torbitt   26 January 1876

Summary

Obliged for Belfast Journal.

Almost impossible to determine what constitutes an individual. Definition for sexually reproducing organisms does not apply to lower ones.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Torbitt
Date:  26 Jan 1876
Classmark:  DAR 148: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10368
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