U. S. Naval. Institute.
Annapolis, Md., Jan’y 8th, 1880.
During the past year, the affairs of the Institute may be said to have met with unvarying success. The membership has increased until it now amounts to members, 368; honorary members, life members, and associate members, 14; and the establishment of the Branches attests the interest felt by officers, and their appreciation of the privileges and advantages of debate. The total number of papers presented during the year was twenty-four, of which the Executive Committee, exercising a just though not rigid censorship, have printed twenty. A number of professional papers on topics of general interest have been inserted, which, for various reasons, were not read at any meetings.