Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Bartram, 27 May 1777

To John Bartram7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris, May 27. 1777.

My dear old Friend,

The Communication between Britain and North America being cut off, the French Botanists cannot in that Channel be supply’d as formerly with American Seeds, &c. If you or one of your Sons encline to continue that Business, you may I believe send the same Number of Boxes here, that you used to send to England, because England will then send here for what it wants in that Way. Inclos’d is a List of the Sorts wish’d for here. If you consign them to me, I will take care of the Sale and Returns for you. There will be no Difficulty in the Importation, as the Matter is countenanced by the Ministry, from whom I receiv’d the List.8 My Love to Mrs. Bartram and your Children. I am ever, my dear Friend, Yours most affectionately

B. Franklin

Mr John Bartram

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See above, II, 378 n. Bartram, then seventy-eight, died the following September.

8By way of Le Roy; see the preceding document. Bartram had been sending seeds to Great Britain since 1764, the year before he was appointed botanist to the King: above, XII, 61 n.

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