Letter from Carlile P. Patterson to Benjamin Peirce
(Washington, 19.10.1875)

Spanish translation and annotations

U. S. Coast Survey Office
Washington, Oct. 19. 1875



My dear chief,

There is no trouble whatsoever on our part relative to Charley's funds.  The last letter I received from him was dated June 30: Berlin in which he stated his wish to purchase certain apparatus and asking an increase of his past apprnn for the year. Before he left I informed him the Secy had decided that expenses should be paid in gold and salaries in currency. In accordance with his expressed wish I have had placed to his cr. at his bankers in Boston #2.500 with an additional monthly deposit of #700 to be continued until the total amt assigned for the expenses of his part of #9.500 is reached as you will see by the enclosed copy of a letter to him dated July 26. A few days since he telegraphed from Paris asking if expenses were to be paid in gold or currency. I at once answered addressing him Paris, he having sent me no other address, supposing , supposing of course he had given instructions to the tel. office in Paris where to deliver answers. The Paris


office returned answer dispatch could not be delivered as Peirce's address was unknown to them.

His letter of June 30 was dated Berlin without any special address, so I could not address him Berlin. It is impossible to communicate with him as he does not keep me advised of his address or through what channel letters will reach him. Mr. Hein informs me that Charley has not sent in a single amount since he left in April, not even those to close the fiscal year ending June 30. As we are not advised of his address I cannot communicate with him.

You will see that it is no fault of ours if he is bothered about funds, nor can I understand why he is so much troubled about them

Most sincerely yours,
Prof Benjamin Peirce


Transcription by Rocío Rodríguez-Tapia (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: 16 de junio 2014
Última actualización: 14 de abril 2015

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