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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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31. ACADEMY, Need of a Naval.—

I think * * * that there should be a school
of instruction for our Navy as well as artillery;
and I do not see why the same establishment
might not suffice for both. Both require
the same basis of general mathematics,
adding projectiles and fortifications for the
artillery exclusively, and astronomy and theory
of navigation exclusively for the naval
students. Berout conducted both schools
in France, and has left us the best book extant
for their joint and separate instruction.
It ought not to require a separate professor. [3]
To John Adams. Washington ed. vii, 218.
(M. 1821)


The Naval Academy at Annapolis was opened in
1845. The credit of its foundation is due to George
Bancroft, who was then Secretary of the Navy.——Editor.