Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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pose, was in the utmost astonishment; and it was not
without difficulty that he was made sensible of his mistake.
The rapid increase of private fortunes made people ne-
glect everything to engage in the speculations of the mo-
ment. The taverns and alehouses resembled little exchan-
ges ; bargains were there concluded in the presence of
notaries and witnesses, for a few tulip-roots; and in ge-
neral these negotiations, which were transacted with the
utmost gravity were followed by splendid entertainments.
It has been calculated, that in one single town of Hol-
land the dealings in tulips amounted in three years to ten
millions of Horins. It should be observed, however, that
those who carried on this traffic did not cultivate the flo-
wers , but only bought and sold; and it was frequently
the case, that neither the buyer nor the seller ever saw
the tulips for which they bargained. Others engaged to
supply roots, which in fact they never furnished: before
the flowering season, arrangements and negotiations were
concluded for the sale and purchase of more tulips than
perhaps all the gardens in Holland-contained. There exist-
ed, as I have told you, but very few flowers of the
variety called semper augustus ; and yet no other kind was
so frequent in commerce as that. A gentleman would per-
haps buy of a chimney-sweeper two thousand florins worth
of tulips, and sell them again to a farmer at still higher
price; and yet none of the three ever had the tulips,
or thought of obtaining possession of them. It was not
properly speaking in tulips that they trafficked, but
in money. Had the rarity and beauty of the tulips
been the object of this trade, people would have be-
stowed the utmost attention on the cultivation of that
flower: they would have gone to its native country,
the east, and sought the most beautiful species all the
world over: but, instead of this, the speculators ne-