E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A well-devised scheme, ruined by the stupidity of the agent chosen to cary it out. Lord Castlereaghs instructions were to advance instantly in full force against Antwerp, but Lord Chatham wasted his time and strength in reducing Flushing. Ultimately, the red-tape Incapable got possession of the island of Walcheren, but 7,000 men died of malaria, and as many more were permanently disabled.