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PENSION AGENTS. Alexander Ladd, Portsmouth, N H. John Huske, Fayottville, N. C. Hemen Allen, Burlington, Verm'nt. Joseph Johnson, Charleston, S. C. Joshua Wingate, jr. Portland, Me. John Cumming, Savannah, Geo. William Appleton, Boston, Mass. Jonathan Hunt, Mobile, Alah. Enoch Parsons, Hartford, Conn. W.W Montgomery, N. Orleans La. Philip Allen, Providence, R. I. Thos. H. Fletcher, Nashville, Tenn. Isaac Lawrence, City of New York. Robert King, Knoxville, Tenn. Jobo C. Devereux, l'lica, N. Y. 1. O'Fallon, St. Louir, Missouri. Wm. B Rochester, Buffalo, N. Y. John Tilford, Lexingtrin, Ky + Philemon Dickinson, Trenton, N J James Reynolds, Cincinputi, Ohio. Nicholas Biddle, Philadelphia, Pa. S. R. Marshall, Natchez, Miss. A. Brackenridge, Pittsburg, Pa. + Tbomas Posey, Corydan, Indiana. tJames Boothe, New Castle, Del. + Daniel Hay, Carmi, Illinois. William Patterson, Baltimore, Md. +Ellis Doty, Detroit, Michigan. Sam. H. Smith, Washington, D. C. Wm. E. Woodruff, Little Rock, Ark Richard Anderson, Richmond, Va. + Those marked ebus (+) are appointed under the fourth section of the Act of April 24,
All the other Agents hold their office under the Act of April 10, 1816, incorporat: ing the Bank of the United States.
Pension Agents under the Act of June 7th, 1832.
John K. Simpson, President of Commonwealth Bank, Boston, Mass.
John P. Van Ness, President Bank of Vetropolis, Washington, D. C.
REVOLUTIONARY AND INVALID PENSIONERS. The following Table exhibits 1. The whole nuniber of Revolutionary -od Invalid Pensioners in each State on the 15th of October, 1833. 1. The number added sitre November 3, 1832. 111. The number that a ve died in 1833. IV. The number that have been placed on the rolls under the act of June 7, 1832. V. The number that have died sioce pney applied for pensions under that act. V]. The number that have
linquished their Pensions uuder the act of March 18, 1818, and have seen placed on the rolls under act of June 7, 1832. VII. The number Hubici in un and 4th quarters of 1832. Vill.' The number paid in 1st and 2r quierters of 1833.
UNITED STATES' MILITARY ACADEMY,
West Poini, June, 1833. The Board of Visiters, who have been invited to be present at the general examination of the Cadets of the United States' Military Academy, in order that the War Department may be correctly informed of the condition and management of the Academy, have attended the examination of all the classes, and are perfectly satisfied with the progress made by the cadets in the several departments of their studies in which they were examined.
At the request of the superintendent, a committee, appointed by order of the Board, assigned the subject to each individual of the class, in order to avoid all suspicion of the examining professor having adapted the subBect to the capacity and attaininents of the cadels, so as to exhibit an appearance of greater proficiency that the class really possesses
The first class was examined in military and civil engineering, in mineralogy, rhettric, ethics, and constitutional and national law, and in infantry and artillery tactics, and in each of these departments exhibited proofs of their application and attainments, and of the zeal, capacity, and industry of the professor and assistants. The cadets of this class will leave the academy .well fitted to fulfil the great objects of the institution, viz: to introsluce into tne armies of the United States all the modern im. provements in the art of war, and the high state of discipline which distinguishes the best armies of Europe ; to disseminate throughout our country a knowledge of military tactics and engineering, so as to furnish the means of rendering our militia, as well as our regular army, an efficent aim of defence in time of war; and to provide officers properly instructed, and fully capable of superintending the construction of fortificacions for the permanent defence of our maritime frontier, and of works connected with the internal improvement of the country.
The cadets of the second class were examined in chemistry and natural philosophy, and showed a degree of proficiency very creditable to the professors and assistants who have been charged with their instruction in ihese departments The Board would here remark that, in their opinion, it would be expedient to establish a permanent professor of chemistry. The important discoveries made and still making in this department of science, and its application to the useful arts, as well as its connexion with the means of preserving the health of the soldier in camps and barracks, render it important that it should be taught in this academy; and it is obvious that it requires great application, experience, and long prac rice to leach a science which must be illustrated by experiments inade before the pupil It is believed to be difficult to acquire the art of instructing youth in any departinent of literature or science, but it is especially so in those which require skill in demonstrating theories and principles by experiments. Instruction in such branches ought not to be entrusted to officers liable to be frequently removed.
The third class were examined in mathematics and French. There is no institution that we are acquainted with, where this department of science, in its higher branches, is more thoroughly taughe than in this
academy. The high attainments and unwearied industry of the professors and assistants, together with the great application aud capacity of
the cadets of the ibird class, were exhibited throughout the course of this examination in a manner highly satisfactory to the Board.
The examination in French was very creditable to the teachers and cadeis of this class. They appeared to be well instructed in the gram. mar of this difficult language, conjugating the regular and irregular verbs very correctly, and they translated it into English with great lacility, which is all that is deemed requisite; the principal object of this course being to enable the cadet to consult the best French authors op military science.
As there are at least 160 students to be taught in this language, it is believed by those best acquainted with the subject, that another teacher in this branch ought to be added to those already employed.
The fourth clase were examined in mathematics and French. The cadets of this class evinced a degree of proficiency in the elementary branches of mathematics, highly creditable to the gentleman n ho is charged with this departineut of their studies Whatever may be the talents
and application of the student, be cannot make any proficiency in this essential department of study, which may be considered as the foundation of all military education, unless his studies are directed by a person not only profoundly versed in the science, but possessed of great experience in the art of instructing youth; and the Board would take this opportunity of remarking, that to remove such an instructor from the acade my for the purpose of .ubstiluting another, who, whatever his talen's and acquirements may be, does not possess the same experience and practice iu teaching, cannot but be prejudicial to the interests of the academy, and would be unjust to the cadets.
The Government exacts from them, especially in the department of mathematics, a degree of proficiency, which they cannot obiajn without the assistance of competent instructors; and they may be exposed to be turned back as deficient, or to be dismisserl as incapable of going through the course of studies in the academy, because the instructor provided for them is incompetent or inexperienced.
The Board is induced to make these remarks, from having had before them a late order of the Commander in Chief, containing regulations sanctioned ' ! you, which, if applied to this academy, would seem calculated to affect very materially the instruction of the cadeis It appears to them that the regulation requiring all officers who have not served with their regiments for three years to join their respective corps,
as it will remove nearly all the assistaut prosessors from the academy, would be attended with very great inconvenience at any time ; and ai this pefriod, when the superintendent, who has so lovig presided over this instilution with such signal ability and success, is a buut to retire, surh a change would seriously embarrass his successor. This emba rassment will be wcreased by the effect of the regulation, which takes from the superind tendent the power of nominating the officers to be detached for that sere
vice. He is supposedl, froin his situation, to be better acquainted than muy one else wit the acquirements a art moral character of the gradumtes ; qud as the responsibility ress with bim, it appears bu! just that he sbould bave the power of selecting his assistants. It is deemed important
that the course of studies should be steady, and keep peace with the im
provements which daily take place in the progress of science. This would be impracticable if the assistant professors were frequently changed, and selected from officers who had graduated prior to the introduction of the improvements now taught in this institution throughout every department of science. Indeed, it would appear adviseable that the professors, who have evinced so much capacity in imparting instruction to youth, should be offered every inducement to remain, by being perinapevtly attached to the institution, and receiving some additional allowance for services materially affecting the future character and efficiency of the army, and which, if they were rendered in any literary institution in the country, would command much bigher pecuniary rewards.
The Board attended the battalion, light infantry, and artillery drills, and had every reason to be satisfied with the instruction of the cadets in their field exercises. They were present likewise in the laboratory when the cadets exhibited their proficiency in pyrotechny, and they subsequent. Hy saw them throw shells, and fire at the target with light and heavy pieces of artillery; all which they executed with a precision rarely equalled, and not surpassed in any school of practice in Europe.
This is the more remarkable, from the state of the pieces used for pracrice. They are very defective, and the Board recommend that the several pieces of ordvance which are required for the instruction of the cadets by their able and scientific instructor, should be furnished of the best quality and most approved constructions.
Much credit is due to the officer charged with the instruction of the cadets in this department. He has compiled a practical treatise ou military pyrotechny, and translated an excellent elementary treatise on the forms of cannon, and various systems of artillery, and another on the theory and practice of gunnery, from the French of Professor Persy, of Meiz, all of which, with numerous plates illustrating the subjects, have been published in the lithographic press in the acadeiny.
The cadets are encamped two months in every year, and during that period are instructed in all the duties of the soldier in active service, in the use of iostruments, and in the application of the different brauches of science necessary to a knowledge of their profession. Whether this practical course of the application of science to the purposes of military and civil engineering may not be usefully extended, is worthy of consuler. ation.
The library of the academy contains a very valuable collection of works adapted to the peculiar objects of this institution. It is rich in works on military science and on civil engineering, and contains a valu able series of military history, and the best geographical and topographic cal maps of the States of Europe, to illustrate this important study
It is true that in works on polite literature it is as yet rather deficient, al though the selection has been very judicious ; but, however desirable it may be to augment the number of volumes on miscellaneous suhjects, the f'real object of the institution must be kept steadily in view ; and it will continue to be the duty of the superintendent to purchase, in preference to all others, books relating to the sciences taught in this academy, and 10 supply the necessary works on architecturé, chemistry, geology mineralogy, and moral science, in which the library is still vary deficirnt.