Letter from Charles S. Peirce to his mother Sarah Mills
(New York, 24.03.1877)

Spanish translation & annotations


New York, Saturday 1877 March 24


My dearest Mother,

I am sorry you should hear so seldom from me at home, but the truth is that, living as I do, my thoughts are pretty exclusively concentrated about matters none of which are worth talking about. I get up in the morning about 8 o'clock and take my coffee and read the paper. At 9 Farquhar comes and I attend to his work till 9 ½ when my other assistant Mr. Smith comes. I then go over to Hoboken with Smith


and August. It is a journey of 6 miles over there. I have first to go ½ a mile up to 59th Street, where I take the horse car and go to 9th Avenue. There I take the Elevated steam railway & go down to West Eleventh Street, about 2 ½ miles, then there is a walk or ride of ½ a mile to the ferry; across the ferry is a mile and there is nearly half a mile from the ferry to the Stevens Institute. That only adds up to 5 miles, but it is more. It takes rather more than an hour to get over there. I tried for a while having a room there but that won't do unless I give up my room here, which I suppose I shall do. I lunch at the Duke's and usually do not leave


Hoboken till nearly 6 o'clock when I come over to New York generally & dine at a restaurant for 75 cts to a dollar & then I come to my room & have a lot of business to attend to. Thus, you see, I have little time to think of matters worth putting in a letter, for all the way over to Hoboken & back, I make calculations about the work.

I am writing a paper for the Popular Science Monthly but it is not complete yet. I think when I have done one, I can write others more rapidly. I received the other day a letter from Mr. Plantamour who has been appointed to make a report on the pendulum to the International Geodetical Association, & he desires that I shall write & send to the President for publication an ac-


count of my researches on the flexure of the stand, by doing which he says I shall be rendering a "signal service to other observers."

In a month, I am going to let down my CS work very much & devote myself chiefly to earning money for a while so as to pay up my debts. Professor Mayer says he earned in one year by writing, $4000! If I can only hit the popular key, I dare say I might do something in that way. But he is very clever.

I went to a whist club in Hoboken a few nights ago at the house of the agent of the Veuve Cliquot. I arrived rather early & the family were at dinner. Three bottles of the widow graced the board.

I was very anxious about you for some days but Jem's judicious & kind letters prevented all serious alarm. I wish I could see you, dearest mother.

Love to Helen & to all


Your loving son


Transcription by Max Fisch, revised by Sara Barrena (2016)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia del tercer viaje europeo de Charles S. Peirce (septiembre-noviembre 1877)" (PIUNA 2016-2018)

Fecha del documento: 30 de noviembre 2016
Última actualización: 17 de agosto 2017
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