Quotation by George Canning

In matter of commerce the fault of the Dutch
Is offering too little and asking too much.
The French are with equal advantage content,
So we clap on Dutch bottoms just twenty per cent.
George Canning (1770–1827), British statesman, prime minister. coded letter, Jan. 31, 1826, to the English ambassador at the Hague, Holland. Canning's Rhyming "Dispatch" to Sir Charles Bagot, Sir Harry Poland (1905).
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