"Qui non proficit, deficit'
The question of Naval Education is one that is fraught not only with the improvement of that branch of the public service, but, in the event of war, with the honor of the entire country; and it therefore merits the gravest attention from those authorities to whom the welfare of the Navy is committed.
The necessity of a more liberal education for the officers was early seen by the officers themselves; and it is not only to the Hon. George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, that we owe the establishment of the Naval Academy at Annapolis; but to Commodores George C. Read, Thomas Ap-Catesby Jones, Matthew C. Perry, and Captains E. A. F. Lavallette and Isaac Mayo, for their hearty approval of the scheme. Nor should the name of Commander Franklin Buchanan be ignored in this connection, for to his admirable administration of the trust committed to him as its first Superintendent, is undoubtedly due the continuation of the School after its first tentative establishment.