This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Querist. We have seen the paragraph you refer to, but have no disposition to join in the controversy. We may say however, that we believe entirely too much is often made of the credit notion. A man discovers a new fact, but he is lazy, modest, indifferent, or whatever you may choose to call it, and the valuable discovery practically dies with him; but a hundred years afterwards some one else finds it, and works hard to make it known and useful to the world. All at once some one digging in among the mould of the past, finds an old letter in which there is a chance expression indicating that this hundred-year-old lazy bones knew all about it. As a matter of fact it is well enough to note it; but yet we think of the two, the more modern one should have the whole credit for it.