Barter

Man is a "forgiving animal," and this is a better definition of him than Plato's "biped without feathers," which the plucked cock demonstrated. Man is the only animal which strikes a bargain. A dog does not exchange a bone with another dog; and however skilful he may be at a steak, he is not at all clever at this sort of "chop ."

"Our chops  are our masters," says Hobbes; and it is all "a matter of wittles," says Sam Weller. Hence arise the art and mystery of swapping buying , and selling , and the notion of trade  and commerce .

England is per se  a nation of shopkeepers—we do every thing upon the principle of small profits and quick returns. To barter the national honour is legitimate policy; to sell up our enemies has been a practice since the days of the Plantagenets.

"Jocky of Norfolk, be not too bold,
For Dickon thy master is bought and sold."

Hence we can always buy our enemies, if we cannot beat them. Buonaparte, according to the radicals, was sold  at Waterloo; we have been recently sold to the Russians; and thus British gold has been always more powerful than British steel.