|Spanish translation & annotations||
Paris 1875 Nov 21.
My dear Willie
Your letter led me to look up your brother whose presence here is a great thing for me as I am lonely & excessively depressed.
Your notice of Wright is good. As to his being obscure & all that, he was as well known as a philosopher need desire. It is only when a philosopher has something very elementary to say that he seeks the great public or the great public him. And as for Cambridge being a village, it is no doubt but the only reason is that is doesn't believe in
the possibility of any great advances in science or philosophy being made there & thinks the highest thing it can be is a school. A place may be far more out of the world & yet be as good a centre for philosophy as London or Berlin. As for Berlin, I really dont see that it has much claim to be thought a place for clean thought. The Germans always muddle whatever can be muddled.
You are very kind in wishing me back in Cambridge. I dont know whether I shall ever live there or not. I like the place but there is something about it too which I find very antagonistic to me. I had ambition once to be a Professor
there, which I have outgrown. Why put myself in such a position of obloquy almost if I could —why be Charley Eliot's man when I have already a position where I am engaged in original research & where even that is my duty & is counted positively for me—. As for the observatory, it is of all situations I know of the one which has the most of thankless, and utterly mechanical drudgery, together with vexatious interference from two different sources, certain members of the committee & the president. I speak of Directorship of it, for my own connection with it was most delightful. [*] Winlock was charming, I am not quite through with it because my book of photometric researches is n't out
[*]But dont let me speak as if I did not feel the warmest gratitude to you & my friends who wanted to get me into the observatory. I dont know that I would have declined it even although it does not seem to me altogether desirable. But I always speak too strongly when I think of Eliot.
& they began at once after Winlock's death to try to nag at me, but fortunately I am too far off.
I wish I was in Cambridge for one thing. I should like to have some talks about Wright & about his ideas & see if we could n’t get up a memorial of him. His memory deserves it for he did a great deal for everyone of us. I dont speak of Warner & such philosophical canaille but I mean you, Frank Abbot, & myself. Other of his friends, Gurney, Norton, Peter Leslie Asa Gray etc. would be wanted to do the personal & other relations. But what I am thinking of [dont purpose anything] is to give some resumé of his ideas & of the history of his thought.
Your brother is looking pretty well, but looks a little serious. He is a fine fellow. I have always thought I should admire him if I knew him better & now I shall find out—.
C. S. Peirce
Transcription by Izaskun Martínez, based in Ignas K. Skrupkelis and Elizabeth M. Berkeley edition (2013). See also Perry's transcription.
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Proyecto de investigación "Charles S. Peirce en Europa (1875-76): comunidad científica y correspondencia" (MCI: FFI2011-24340)
Fecha del documento: 14 de octubre 2013
Última actualización: 7 de noviembre 2013