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Hubert Kennedy Six Articles on James Mills Peirce Peremptory Publications Concord, CA 2003 © 2003 by Hubert Kennedy Six Articles on James Mills Peirce is a Peremptory Publications ebook. It may be freely distributed, but no changes may be made in it. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please write to hubertk@pacbell.net. 2 Contents Introduction The Case for James Mills Peirce (1978) Towards a Biography of James Mills Peirce (1979) James Mills Peirce and the Cult of Quaternions (1979)
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    Hubert KennedySix Articles on James Mills Peirce Peremptory PublicationsConcord, CA2003   2 © 2003 by Hubert Kennedy Six Articles on James Mills Peirce is a Peremptory Publications ebook. It may be freelydistributed, but no changes may be made in it.Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please write tohubertk@pacbell.net.   3 Contents Introduction 4The Case for James Mills Peirce (1978) 8Towards a Biography of James Mills Peirce (1979) 16James Mills Peirce and the Cult of Quaternions (1979) 24The First Written Examinations at Harvard College (1980) 33James Mills Peirce, Fierce & Quixotic Ally (1982) 40New England’s First Mathematical Family (1983) 47   4 Introduction In the heady post-Stonewall days many of us who had just “come out” were lookingfor gay role models in our own profession. In particular, I hoped to find a gay mathemat-ics professor that I could write about. Jonathan Ned Katz furnished him in 1976 in his Gay American History (1976). Katz published the letter from “Prof. X” that had beenwritten to John Addington Symonds, which first appeared in Sexual Inversion (1897) byHavelock Ellis and Symonds, and identified its author as James Mills Peirce. But Katz’sidentification, while extremely likely, lacked final proof. That I set out to find, alwayswith the idea of later publishing a scientific biography of Peirce as I had earlier done forGiuseppe Peano.Among other places, I spent much time in the Houghton Library of Harvard College– in fact, I spent every day of one Christmas holiday there – searching through the Peircecorrespondence. At first I had no luck, but on my last day there I found just the evidence Iwas looking for in Peirce’s correspondence with Thomas Sergeant Perry. With this inhand, I wrote up my argument for Peirce’s authorship of the “Prof. X” letter and submit-ted it to the  Journal of Homosexuality . It was my first contact with that journal – I waslater to be its copyeditor for eight years. Although I found my evidence completely con-vincing, in an excess of modesty, I referred to it in “The Case for James Mills Peirce” as“circumstantial”. That was a mistake, since that word was often the only one remembered– as if my case were not proved. I believe it was. Men have been hanged on much slim-mer evidence.I continued to collect material for a biography of Peirce. To this end, I published in  Historia Mathematica the brief article “Towards a Biography of James Mills Peirce,” inwhich I asked readers for information. The article itself consisted mostly of an annotatedlist of Peirce’s own publications. There was no response to my request for information,and it soon became clear to me that Peirce’s mathematics by itself did not merit the pub-lication of a scientific biography. Thus I gave up that project.But Peirce had done srcinal work in quaternions and that now-out-of-date theoryhad a certain historical interest. I thus put what information I had into “James MillsPeirce and the Cult of Quaternions,” which was also published in  Historia Mathematica .
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