The Commens Dictionary
Quote from ‘Meaning Preface’
A Real object may be External or Internal, i.e. mental, as a dream is. For only that is external whose possession of some character is [not merely] independent of individuals’ opinions, but whose possession of any such Real character is independent of any individuals’ thought about any subject and ideation of every kind.
MS [R] 637:27-28
From variant pages. The inserted words ('not merely') are from a rejected version of the sentence in question.
‘External’ (pub. 07.04.15-20:08). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from http://www.commens.org/dictionary/entry/quote-meaning-preface-9.