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My dear Willie,
I hear from my father that you have written a beautiful letter to the President of the Baltimore University proposing me for the chair of logic and I am asked if I would accept.
It is a question impossible to answer in my present state of information. I don't know what the conditions are.
My place in the Coast Survey is agreeable to me. I have with great trouble learned to swing pendulums & Uncle Sam has spent a good deal of money upon teaching
me. It is a very difficult business. I do not know that I could honorably disconnet myself from the Survey now. Just at present, I dont think I could.
On the other hand, I feel that in a chair of Logic, I should be using my best powers, which I never shall use elsewhere. Elsewhere, in an observatory or anywhere, I shall always be a mediocrity, which does n't disturb me in the least. In a chair of Logic, I should reach some eminence and leave some ideas which would ultimately be found very useful, I dont doubt. It is not very clear to me what I ought to do. But if I dont change my profession very soon, I never shall.
On the whole, I think I will leave the question to my wife to decide as she is on the ground.
I see your brother very frequently. He is a splendid fellow. I admire him greatly and have only discovered two faults in him. One is that [h]is digestion isn't quite that of an ostrich & the other is that he is n't as fond of turning over questions as I am but likes to settle them and have done with them. A manly trait too, but not a philosophic one. He is looking better than when he first came & Paris is the place for him; Paris & he are adapted to one another.
Please remember me with great respect & love to your father.
Yours very affectionately,
C. S. Peirce
Transcription by Izaskun Martínez, based in Ignas K. Skrupkelis and Elizabeth M. Berkeley edition (2013)
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Proyecto de investigación "Charles S. Peirce en Europa (1875-76): comunidad científica y correspondencia" (MCI: FFI2011-24340)
Fecha del documento:9 de diciembre 2013
Última actualización: 9 de diciembre 2013