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of the number
of eadets who have graduated
at the Military Academy
, and have been appointed
in the army
, from 1818
No. of deaths.
1. Of the whole number of graduates of the Military Academy appointed in the army,
there are now in service 464 commissioned officers of regiments and corps ; 5 paymas
ters and 5 professors at West Point; total, 474. %. Of the number of resignations, as exhibited in the table, (405,) from among the grad
uates, 15 have been reappointed, and are now in service—(one in the marine corps.) 3. Of the 172 deaths in the 29 yenrs, (graduates,) 17 were killed in action : 5 during
the late war with Great Britain, and 12 in Florida, since the commencement of Indian hostilities; and 26 of the number occurred in the Florida service.
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.
THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS,
IN RELATION TO
The report of the Commissioners appointed in March last to inquire into
the condition of the public buildings, doc.
APRIL 20, 1842.
• Office of COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS,
April, 1842. To the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives :
SIR: I have examined with some attention the report of the commissioners, appointed in March last “to inquire into the condition of the public build. ings, &c., in the city of Washington, (transmitted in a message from the President of the United States to the Senate, in compliance with a resolution of that honorable body,) which report is now adopted by the Committee on Expenditures as a part of their report on the superintendent and architect of the public buildings, and have cause to complain that injustice has been done me in that report.
The commissioners have, by their erroneous statements, cast a censure upon my conduct as a public officer, which I feel bound to notice ; and it is for the purpose of pointing out to you and the honorable body over which you preside some of the errors in that report, that I now have the honor most respectfully to address you.
It is not necessary to notice all the errors in the report of the commissioners. I shall therefore point out those only which I consider the most prominent.
The commissioners state, in their report, that“ the reports of the Commissioner heretofore made, showing the amounts of appropriations and expenditures, were unsatisfactory.” Taking his own reports, they say “he shows himself every year a defaulter ; but, upon inquiry at the Treasury Department, we found it was not so.” “ The difference arose from the Commissioner's regurlarly omitting the sums paid between the dates of his reports, which was usually early in December, and the end of the month, beginning his annual report with the first of January following. This error is now corrected, and his annual report of expenditures must correspond, and be a