Letter from Charles S. Peirce to his mother Sarah Mills Peirce
(New York, 10.09.1877)

Spanish translation & annotations


1877 Sep 10

My dearest Mother,

Your birthday present has just come to hand & I will get something with it which will please you & rejoice me. How singularly opportune it is you will see from what I have now to tell you. One of the sequences of my European Expedition was to set all the pendulum swingers by the ears about a great error which I announced in all their work. Some are in my favor


& some against. Some time ago they sent over for a memoir from me on the subject & the matter is to come up for discussion this fall at a meeting of the representatives of the National Surveys at Stuttgart. Capt. Patterson & Sec'y Sherman have decided to send me over to attend this meeting. I got the news of this this morning & am to sail Thursday at 2 P. M. I shall be gone not more than two months, taking occasion at the same time to make some important comparisons of

Metres at Berlin.            

You may imagine the state of rush which I am in on this account, everything having to be prepared so soon for so long an absence. The sup't will be here Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. It would gratify me greatly to see some of the family you & father or Jem or Berts but cannot ask you to come especially as I shall be so occupied up to the moment of my departure. This time I shall take with me all the money I shall spend & shall therefore have no


trouble about that. My address will be

Markgraf's Hôtel de l'Europe
16 Taubenstrasse 16

I expect there will be a warm discussion about my bomb-shell at Stuttgart & I am sure of coming out manifestly victorious. I think it will therefore be to my advantage as far as European relations are concerned. 

I wanted Patterson to telegraph to know the date of the meeting & wrote him to that effect. But he said he had information that it was in October & therefore I must hit it. My natural skepticism would have preferred the other course.

Your ever loving son,

                       Charles S. Peirce



Transcription by Max Fisch, revised by Sara Barrena (2017)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia del tercer viaje europeo de Charles S. Peirce (septiembre-noviembre 1877)"

Fecha del documento: 26 de octubre 2017
Última actualización: 30 de octubre 2017

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