1601. Family Record.
A. MS., notebook, n.p., begun June 1864 and later dates.
Call number Am 806.5.
Genealogical information. From back end of notebook
CSP wrote twentyeight numbered pages beginning with
an attempt to define "real." The page numbered
28 is dated November 5, 1909. In addition there is
material on topology, theory of multitudes, secundals,
existential graphs, and calculations, much of which
are evidently concerned with the old map-coloring problem.
1602. My Life.
A. MS., n.p., n.d., pp. 1-5
Earliest memories, including visits to his grandmother
in Salem and moving into the new family home in 1845.
1603. [Autobiographical Sketch]
A. MS., n.p., [1903?], 2 pp. of two drafts.
Possibly for Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United
States, CSP mentions that he wrote all the philosophical
and mathematical definitions for the Century Dictionary.
1604. My reading in philosophy.
A. MS., n.p., September 1894, 5 pp.
In logic, CSP states that he has studied every important
system except the second edition of Sigwart. But he
is most devoted to the theory of knowledge and secondly
to cosmology. Reading in esthetics, ethics, theology,
and psychology. Plato read mainly in translation; Aristotle
in the original. "Have read and thought more about
Aristotle than about any other man." (It is difficult
to tell whether this remark was meant to apply generally,
since it was made in the context of his discussion
of Greek philosophy.) Indeed the manuscript doesn't
get beyond CSP's reading in Greek philosophy, ending
with Epicureanism and atomism.
1605. A True Statement of my Reading in Philosophy.
A. MS., n.p., , 2 pp.
1606. [Autobiographical Fragment]
A. MS., n.p., n.d., pp. 10-11, with an alternate p.
"Although I was not a precocious child, at the
age of 8 I took up of my own accord the study of chemistry,
to which the following year I added natural philosophy
1607. [Autobiographical Fragment]
A. MS., n.p., [January 1] 1892, 1 p.
"My greatest trial is my inertness of mind."
1608. [Autobiographical Fragments]
A. MS., n.p., n.d., 6 pp.
1609. [List of Significant Dates]
A. MS. n.p., [1890?], 2 pp.
1610. [List of Places where Christmas was Spent]
A. MS., n.p., [1890?], 3 pp.
1611. [Biographical Form]
A. MS., n.p, , 1 p.
For manuscript directory and biographical dictionary
of the Men of Science in the United States.
1612. [Biographical Form]
A. MS., n.p., late, 2 pp.
For Families of American Men of Science.
1613. [Biographical Form]
A. MS., n.p., n.d., 1 p.
For the Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard University,
card catalogue of graduates.
DIARIES, ADDRESS AND MEMORANDUM BOOKS
A. MS., book, n.p., January 13, 1871.
CSP used this "Agenda," which he bought in
Geneva to record the events of his European trip. The
pages after February 22 have been torn out.
A. MS., book cover, n.p., 1876.
Activities recorded for the period August 24 to November
3. On inside cover CSP wrote: "I was said to be
in N. Y. in Herald 1876 Sep 3."
A. MS., book, n.p., 1889.
The pages after February 15 are missing.
A. MS., book, n.p., January 1893.
A. MS., book, n.p., January 1894.
A. MS., book, n.p., February 1899.
A. MS., book, n.p., December 1902.
A. MS., book, n p., March 1903.
A. MS., book, n.p., December 1905.
A. MS., books, n.p., 1911-14.
1624. [Packet of Three Small Books]
A. MS., books, n.p., n.d.
Address, Memorandum, Cash.
1625. [Address Book]
A. MS., small book, n.p., [1870-71?].
1626. [Address Book]
A. MS., book, n.p., [1908-11].
Some addresses, but of greater interest are the lists
of some of CSP's scientific journals; "My writings
on the Validity of Reasoning"; notes on construction
work at Arisbe; "Octavo copies of my writings
in the breakfast room"; meanings of the verb "give";
"To calculate the height of Aurora according to
H. A. Newton." Some undated reflections: "I
like and esteem the man who knows when to resign a
game of chess, and does not insist upon protracting
it to a tedious and melancholy mate. I like and esteem
the man who gives Death a cordial shake of the hand
when the time comes, and having fought a good fight,
does not finish it with a feeble, frittering, factious,
fretful, futility." And: "Intellectual value
lies wholly in form, not matter."
1627. [Memorandum Book]
A. MS., n.p., 1882.
The first entry lists CSP's expectations for the year
which include paying off most of his debts.
1628. The Warsaw Times
A. MS., n.p., February 14, 1857, 8 pp.
A humorous replica newspaper devoted to "Society,
Literature, and Business" and priced at 2 pins.
1629. [Cambridge High School and Dixwell Preparatory
School Themes and Exercises]
A. MS., portfolio, n.p., 1849-54.
By his own account CSP was admitted to the Cambridge
High School in 1849 and "turned out" in the
Spring of 1854; after studying mathematics for six
months, he entered the Dixwell School, graduating in
1855. Listed below are CSP's themes and exercises from
this period: "Fine Arts" (4 pp.), "The
Deserted Village" (4 pp.), "Everyman the
Maker of his own Fortune" (14 pp.), "Caesar
and Hannibal their Decision of Character" (16
pp.), "The Crusades" (17 pp.), "The
Panthenon" (17 pp.), "Raphael and Michael
Angelo compared as men" (4 pp.), "The Strength
and the Weakness of the Present Dynasty in France"
(4 pp.), "Theme No. 3. Sophomore. What is your
favorite virtue? etc." (2 pp.), "Translation
of Part of Judith from the French of Eugene Scribe"
(14 pp.), "Latin Exercises. Dixwell's" (50
pp.), "List of Poets of Whose Private History
I have any Knowledge" (10 pp.), exercises in poetical
meter (9 pp.), poetry (6 pp.), mathematical exercises
1630. Notes to Lectures on Mathematics: 2nd Term Junior.
A. MS., notebook, n.p., 1858.
1631. Notes to the Lectures of Prof. Peirce in Mathematics
delivered in the year 1858-9 A.D.
A. MS., notebook, n.p., 1858-59.
1632. [Notes on Mathematics]
A. MS., n.p., n.d.
Only the last two pages are in CSP's hand; they deal
with fractional notation. The other pages, probably
college notes on mathematics, are in another hand (or
1633. [College Themes]
A. MS., portfolio, n.p., variously dated from 1857-59.
Thirty themes whose topics range widely. A sample list:
"The Sense of Beauty never furthered the Performance
of a Single Act of Duty" (an eludication of Schiller's
Aesthetische Briefe), "The Moral and Religious
Character of Coleridge," "The American Country
Gentleman The Ideal and the Reality," "The
Death-Bed is a Detector of the Heart," "Some
Considerations which seem to show that despotic governments
are not more essentially aggressive in their policy
towards other states than democracies are," "Historical
Account of the Celebration of Christmas in New England."
1634. Book of Characters. My Life written for the Class-Book.
A. MS., notebook, n.p., September 10, 1860 (on first
page) but parts of note-book are of a later date.
Duplicated, in part, in the appendix to T. A. Goudge's
The Thought of C. S. Peirce and, in part, in the introduction
to P. P. Wiener's edited anthology of CSP's writings,
Valves in a Universe of Chance. Both Goudge and Wiener
reprinted CSP's entry in the Harvard Class-Book of
1859, written at the time of his graduation. In the
"Book of Characters" we have in addition
CSP's entries for the years 1859-61: "Wondered
what I would do in life --- Appointed Aid on the Coast
Survey" (1859); "Came back from Louisiana
and took a Prostorship in Harvard. Studied Natural
History and Natural Philosophy" (1860); "No
longer wondered what I would do in life but defined
my object" (1861). Only the first 3 pp. are autobiographical.
The balance of the notebook is given over to a financial
record, covering a period of four months, most likely
for the year 1863.
1635.The Class of 1859 of Harvard
A. MS., notebook, n.p., begun February 4, 1858.
CSP's evaluation of a number of fellow class members,
but not all. The ones on Francis Abbot and himself
are of particular interest. He described Abbot as "supremely
conscientious" with "ability mediocre"
and as lacking in "some elements of good taste."
Of himself, he wrote: "1. Vanity 2. Snobbishness
3. Incivility 4. Recklessness 5. Laziness and Ill-tempered."
1636. Proposed New Constitution
A. MS., n.p., n.d., 7 pp.; plus 6 pp. of an earlier
The constitution is for the O-K- of 1859.
A. MS., n.p., n.d., pp. 1-3, with a rejected p. 2.
Impressions of Harvard architecture.
1638. [Extracts from an Oration]
From the Cambridge Chronicle, November 21, 1863. The
oration on the State of Civilization was delivered
at the Reunion of the Cambridge High School Association,
November 12, 1863.
1639. [Various Lists of Names, Addresses, and Books]
A. MS., n.p., n.d., 13 pp.
1640. [Fragment of German, French, English Dictionary]
The following appears on the flyleaf: "Juliette
de Pourtales from her friend and devoted servitor C.
1641. [C. S. Peirce's Record of Juliette Peirce's Health]
A. MS., n.p., September 6-8, 1890, 2 pp.
Newspaper clippings; a manuscript of 9 pp., a memorial
to CSP composed by Helen Peirce Ellis for a newspaper
article; a brief review of CSP's life written by Richard
Cobb, with an accompanying note by Benjamin Peirce
Ellis; a typescript (5 pp.) of the Ellis genealogy;
and a one page statement, unfinished, by Juliette Peirce
of her husband's last hours: "One of our last
conversations, I remonstrated with him that he could
not recover physically by hard mental work, in refusing
to let him have more paper to write, but when he complained
that his pains were so great and writing would ease
his pains, then I complied ---"