Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

Chocolate. this article when ready made, and also the Cacao becomes so easily soon rancid, and the difficulties of getting it fresh have been so great in America that it’s use has spread but little. the way to increase it’s consumption would be to permit it to be brought to us immediately from the country of it’s growth. by getting it good in quality, and cheap in price, the superiority of the article both for health and nourishment will soon give it the same preference over tea & coffee in America which it has in Spain where they can get it by a single voiage, & of course while it is sweet. the use of the sugars, coffee, & cotton of Brazil would also be much extended by a similar indulgence.

RC (MHi: Adams Family Papers). PoC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 9:62–3.
Recipient
John Adams
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Date
November 27, 1785
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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