Benjamin Franklin letter to John Bartram, 0 January 1770


London, January n, 1770.


I received your kind letter of November 2Qth, with the parcel of seeds, for which I am greatly obliged to you. I cannot make you adequate returns in kind ; but I send you however some of the true rhubarb seed, which you desire. I had it from Mr. English, who lately received a medal of the Society of Arts for propagating it. I send also some green dry peas, highly esteemed here as the best for making pea soup ; and also some Chinese caravances, with Father Navarrete's ' account of the universal use of a cheese made of them in China, which so excited my curiosity, that I caused inquiry to be made of Mr. Flint, who lived many years there, in what manner the cheese was made, and I send you his answer. I have since learned, that some runnings of salt (I suppose runnet) is put into water, when the meal is in it, to turn it to curds. I think we have caravances' with us, but I know not whether they are the same with these, which actually came from China. They are said to be of great increase.

I shall inquire of Mr. Collinson for your Journal. I see that of East Florida is printed with Stork's Account. 3 My love to good Mrs. Bartram and your children. With esteem I am ever, my dear friend, yours affectionately,



The Writings of Benjamin Franklin Volume V, Albert Henry Smyth, 1906