|Spanish translation & annotations||
Berlin, 30th April 1876
I can offer no remonstrance to the course you have taken in regard to the computations. I unfortunately found when I wished to make the computations in Paris that some of the papers had been left in Berlin & I expected to come here in a few days. But I was unavoidably detained for a long time & when I did get here everything was thrown into confusion by my contracting a fever so that from a conjuction of very unexpected cinrcumstances I was thrown utterly out of my reckoning. Your first letter never reached me.
Apart from the consideration of money
I feel most keenly the loss of this connection with the almanac & I hope it will not be a permanent one. If you cannot immeditely give me back the work, I beg that you will send me the data just the same as I desire to send in the computations yearly as a standing reminder of my desire to have the work again. If you will not do this, I shall send in computations from Leverrier’s tables. I now send computations of Saturn's Ring though I fear they are quite too late. It is useless now to explain slight discrepancies between this and last year's calculation.
Yours very respectfully & truly
C. S. Peirce
Professor J. H. C. Coffin U.S.N.
Superintendent Nautical Almanac
Washington D. C.
P. S. I found the following apparent errors in the Data sent
Saturn's distance (logarithm)
380º Day 0.97112
Something seems wrong about Jan 20th too but of this I am not sure.
Transcription by Max Fisch, revised 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: 13 de mayo 2014
Última actualización: 4 de septiembre 2014