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Our bread indeed is but indifferent, occasioned by the quantity of Vermin that are in it, I have seen hundreds nay thousands shaken out of a single bisket. We in the Cabbin have however an easy remedy for this by baking it in an oven, not too hot, which makes them all walk off, but this cannot be allowed to the private people who must find that taste of these animals very disagreeable, as they every one taste as strong as mustard or rather spirits of hartshorn. They are of 5 kinds, 3 Tenebrios, 1 Ptinus, and the Phalangium cancroides; this last is however scarce in the common bread but was vastly plentiful in white Deal bisket so long as we had any left.

Joseph Banks (quoted in Patrick O'Brian's biography).

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