‘Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another;
that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may
accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place
itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favours
and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There
can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours
from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure,
which a just pride ought to discard.