RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1879. [Extract from a letter]. In Torbitt, James, Cultivation of the potato. The Field (8 March): 272.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe. 12.2007. RN1

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SIR,—Mr. Darwin authorises me to state, that "after due consideration of the information which I communicated to him, he fully approves of the principles on which I have been acting in this matter,"—namely, growing the plant from the largest and heaviest seed, and selecting for continuous propagation by their buts (sets) those plants which proved themselves most vigorous and least subject to the disease.1

1 Only the quotation attributed to Darwin is transcribed here. The remainder of the article is available in the image view. The quotation is in fact a paraphrase of Darwin's letters to Torbitt. Torbitt had this privately reprinted (F1982a). A copy is in DAR52.E3. See Darwin 1876 and Darwin 1878.

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