Letter from Charles S. Peirce to Norman Lockyer
(Berlin, 08.06.1876)

Spanish translation and annotations


Berlin, 1876 June 5th

My dear Sir,

When I saw you in Geneva, you very kindly offered to aid me in obtaining leave to swing my reversible pendulum at the Kew observatory. I was not then in a condition to accept your offer at once because I was trying to effect the same purpose through another person. But if you could now help me to obtain that permission I should be very glad.

I have swung in Geneva, Paris, & here. And Professor Oppolzen will



bring the Austrian pendulum here and swing it on the same stone that I have set up for mine. I hope that the Russian & Spanish pendulums will also be brought into comparison with mine. Having done so much you will see at once how much I should regret not to effect comparissons with English pendulums, especially as these are of a very different construction & present some particular merits.

There was one objection mentioned to bringing a large mass of iron to the Kew observatory but my present apparatus has very little indeed–


not over half a pound I should judge.

If you think there is a good chance of obtaining the permission I ask, I should take it very kindly if you would let me know as soon as possible so that I may come at once or go home at once – If it is not too much trouble I should be glad if you should telegraph.


Your much obligued,

C. S. Peirce



Transcription by Sara Barrena (2014)
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Proyecto de investigación "Charles S. Peirce en Europa (1875-76): comunidad científica y correspondencia" (MCI: FFI2011-24340)

Fecha del documento: 16 de junio 2014
Última actualización: 16 de junio 2014

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