Letter from Charles S. Peirce to Arthur Searle
(London, 27.07.1876)

Spanish translation & annotations


London, 1876 July 27

My dear Sir

On receipt of your recent letter I referred to your letter of last summer & find that you are quite right that nothing was said about a preface to the book; but when you spoke of a mention of Prof. Winslock I didn't understand you to mean only on the title-page & I supposed you meant a preface & later I thought that had been distinctly said which I understood you to mean. I am very glad to find you did not say that & it changes my feelings on the matter very much. At the same time, I never did


blame you personally for what I understood to have been said, because I could only suppose that it had been decided on by the President.

I am extremely glad now to find that my whole feeling was based on an error. The truth is that the letter came when I was suffering intense mental anguish from sudden bad news that I had of a person very dear to me & I certainly was not in possession of my usual faculties. Then I left Geneva & packed up my papers & so did not refer again to the exact words of your letter.

I regret to say that owing to Dr. Engelmann having gone to Carlsbad for his vacation the printing seems to have come to a stop. The printers being puzzled about something I suppose. Therefore the matter of the title does not need to be settled



Yours very truly & respectfully


C. S. Peirce




Arthur Searle

Assist in charge

H. C. Obs'y

Cambridge, Mass


P. S. I expect when I come back to apply for leave to swing my reversible pendulum in the observatory & I think down in the cellar about the great pier after pulling down  a part of the brick work which separates it from the cellar under the porch at the south will be the proper place. I want a station which will be available for years.


C. S. Peirce

July 27, 1876




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 enero 2015
Última actualización: 14 de enero 2015

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