Letter from Charles S. Peirce to his father Benjamin Peirce
(Washington, 20.04.1877)

Spanish translation & annotations


Washington Friday
            1877 April [20]

My dearest Father,

I have only this morning received your postcard & am surprised to find your position is of the nature it is. Rood said he understood it is merely a difference of opinion & didn't think it was more. Patterson's writing to me to come on confirmed me in this view. I had however written to Hilgard that I desired not to have my election pressed at this time; but after that he telegraphed that he wanted a list of my papers "anyway" & I wrote him what


I informed you. I also gave Mayer a formal message to my friends that I did not want action taken on my election; that that was my desire.

I arrived on Wednesday & went to the public session of the Academy, but said nothing. That afternoon I was elected. Yesterday I went again to the public session & made a few remarks on one of the papers.

After your note, as I care infinitely more about being in sympathy of action with you than anything else of this sort, I shall return without signing the books. I conceive, however, that my position in the scientific world is not such as to make it becoming in me to refuse


election to the National Academy; although I shall not attend the meetings.

As to the question at issue between you and the Academy, I have not had enough experience of scientific bodies to be able to form a decided opinion on the subject. If I had to vote about it, I should follow the judgment of others. I dare say however that my opinion might be the same as yours. But the same thing which is a matter of high principle with you, could never be more than an opinion of policy & fineness with me. I care nothing for a republican form of government apart from how it functions.


I receive at the same time as your card pleasant letters form Mother & Berts. I am glad to hear that mother is getting better. Love to her & Helen & to all the well? ones too.

You addressed me at 588 instead of 558 & so I didn't at once get the card.

Your loving son


Transcription by Sara Barrena (2017)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia del tercer viaje europeo de Charles S. Peirce (septiembre-noviembre 1877)"

Fecha del documento:20 de julio 2017
Última actualización: 10 de agosto 2017

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