Letter from Charles S. Peirce to Robert H. Scott
(Richmond, 01.07.1876)

Spanish translation & annotations





Kew Observatory

Richmond Survey

July 1st 1876





To R. H. Scott Esq.

Chairman of the Kew Committee

Director of the Meteorological Office

Etc., etc., etc.

Dear Sir,

On receipt of your telegram which was forwarded to me from Berlin and which announced to me the willingness of the authorities to permit my pendulum operations at the Kew observatory, I at once called upon you at the Meteorological




Office. Not having the pleasure of finding you on that day, I took the liberty in anticipation of a formal application to bring my instruments to the Observatory and make a somewhat close examination of the suitability of the location. As I am satisfied that an addition to our knowledge of attractions can be made by the proposed experiments I now beg that you will lay my application before the distinguished committee of which you are



chairman. I ask for leave to make a series of pendulum experiments at the Kew Observatory with the design of bringing the pendulums of the U. S. Coast Survey into direct comparison with those of Sabine, Foster, Basseri and others wich have been swung at this observatory, in the same way that I have already made similar comparisons at the primary stations of France, Switzerland, and Germany.

I remain,


your obedient servant,

C. S. Peirce
Assistant, U. S. Coast Survey



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Proyecto de investigación "Charles S. Peirce en el Kew Observatory, The National Archives, UK" (2015-2016)

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