Scientific American 45, 28.7.1849

Most, if not all, the nankin now sold in our markets, is of American fabric. It is manufactured from nankin cotton, grown in Georgia, and is spun and woven at the Lonsdale Mills, in Rhode Island. The culture of nankin cotton was introduced to this country by the late John Forsyth, formerly minister to Spain, afterwards Secretary of State, under the administrations of General Hackson and Martin Van Buren. It is now grown in large quantities by many of the panters of Gerogia, and commands a ready sale at high prices.

Mr. Forsyth procured the seed from the American Consul at Canton and, at the outset, the project of growing it in this country was deemed wild and chimerical. It is of a darker gue than the China article, and not as handsome.

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