Cimmaronsong (and anyone else who’s listening), please hear my pleas, I like this Elihu Burritt quote very much.
All that I have accomplished… has been by that plodding, patient, persevering process of accretion which builds the ant heap particle by particle, thought by thought, fact by fact.
and I’ve been chasing it unsuccessfully for too many hours. Mr. Burritt apparently wrote a lot, and much of it is likely to in the public domain….still, I’m stymed. I can’t find an original source for the quote. It’s apparently in a letter to Ms. Someone, but the contents of Mr. Burritt’s books, letters, and other documents (e.g., his newspaper articles) are not, as best I can find, accessible on the Internet. (There’s a catalogue of links on Pacifist Posse about Mr. Burritt; they are interesting in their own right.)
Being an academic, I want to be able to cite sources… I would like to gain access to the original Burritt document that contains this statement. It’s a marvelous encapsulation of the way that science works, so I’m looking for the reference that I can pass on to students in my classes.
Being a pacifist, I want to learn more about Mr. Burritt’s ideas.