Letter from Charles S. Peirce to Carlile P. Patterson [I]
(Richmond, 06.07.1876)

Spanish translation & annotations


1876 July 6

Dear Sir,

I have received yours of June 21 and 22. Mr. Farquhar quits the service the 15th and it is absolutely indispensable to have him continue time observations & therefore to continue pendulum observations during this week and part of next.

There are also records which must be examined before he leaves and other matters


to arrange with him. As soon as he leaves, I will devote myself exclusively to the accounts till they are sent off. I regret excessively my blunder in not signing the abstracts.

I was in the midst of a lengthy report to you in Berlin when I was seized with some singular nervous attacks involving excessive sensibility & muscular contractions and was warned that I must reduce my daily amount of work. Consequently I have never had time to report to you  and the amount of interesting matter of course accumulates.


I made a good series of experiments in Berlin & am now engaged in making them here. I must return as soon as possible but I feel that it is important not to leave any loose end. And all my calculations as to times have so often failed that I will not at this moment set a date for my return.

I have certainly made myself responsible for an instrument which will cost near $1000 and I should hope it might be included in the appropriations for this year. The turn things have


taken is unexpected to me. I have also I am sure excceded considerably the $7600 as I had the idea that I had $ 9500 to spend. I suppose I shall be forced to shoulder the excess although I am very hard pushed indeed. My private expenses have been excessive & I have been obliged to borrow money & now I shall have to try to borrow some more.

I will write to you at more length as soon as I possibly can.

Yours very respectfully & very truly.

                                   C. S. Peirce


C. P. Patterson Esq.

Supt. U. S. Coast Survey

Washington D. C.



Transcription by Max Fisch, revised by Sara Barrena (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: 29 de septiembre 2014
Última actualización: 1 de octubre 2014

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