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There are various versions of this sarcastic "English ballad." The subjoined copy differs from the original, first published in the London Magazine, in 1778, in one particular only.1 The writer of it is unknown. It is included in a collection of poems, and fugitive pieces, published in London in 1779. The numerous editions of it that appeared during the last year of the Revolution, establish the fact of its popularity.
What though America doth pour Her millions to Britannia's store, Quoth Grenville, that won't do—for yet, Taxation is the etiquette.
The tea destroy'd, the offer made That all the loss should be repaid— North asks not justice, nor the debt, But he must have the etiquette. 12