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From James Torbitt   24 March 1878

Sydenham | Belfast

24 March | 1878

My dear Sir,

Illness has delayed my reply.1

Sales of varieties of 1875 have reduced the amount needed to £50 on first May and £50 on first August next.

If however Mr Farrer and Mr Caird, to whom I am deeply indebted, desire it, I will undertake to utilize another £100 payable in July and returnable as well as the first Hundred next spring—2 I only want to keep my word not to spend more money on this matter at present.

I beg leave to return herewith your most highly valued check in order that the payments may be re-arranged.

With profound respect I am my dear Sir | faithfully yours | James Torbitt


CD had sent a cheque for £100 to enable Torbitt to continue his potato experiments for another season if a government grant could not be obtained (see letter to James Torbitt, 4 March 1878). See also letter from T. H. Farrer, 20 March 1878, and letter from James Caird, 21 March 1878.


Sales of [potato] varieties have reduced amount of money needed [for experiments].

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James Torbitt
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 178: 142
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11440,” accessed on 25 October 2021,