Request for Question Clarification by
20 Dec 2005 02:26 PST
I think this may be lost in the mists of time. The exact Washington
Irvin quote mentioned below by pinkfreud appears below, but I have
found an earlier reference from 1741 quoted by Thomas Carlyle.
Title: A history of New York, from the beginning of the world to the
end of the Dutch dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker.
Author: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859.
In proportion, therefore, as a nation, a community, or an individual
(possessing the inherent quality of greatness) is involved in perils
and misfortunes, In proportion does it rise in grandeur - and even
when sinking under calamity, makes, like a house on fire, a more
glorious display then ever it did in the fairest period of its
Title: History of Friedrich the Second, called Frederick the Great
Author: Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881.
Publication Info: New York,: Harper & brothers, 1862-1874.
Quoting Burgermeister Spener on 4th Dec 1741
?On the contrary, the love of your burger subjects - that, if you can
kindle it, will go on like a house on fire (Ausbruch eines Feueres),
and streams of water won?t put it out.?
Does this answer your question, even though, as I said, it unlikely
that the orignal source will be found?