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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by
LEAVITT, TROW, & CO. In the Clerk's office of the District Court for the Southern District of
HON. JOHN Y. MASON,
SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY.
THE NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES has always been regarded by the American people with a feeling of kindness and a desire to give to it a liberal support. It is this generous confidence of the nation which secures an elevated tone to the character of the naval officer, and gives to him a spirit of daring when called on for action, which renders him equal to any emergency connected with his profession. Success, as a consequence in the course of his duty, becomes almost a matter of course. bation of his Government and his own individual fame constitute the controlling motives of his action; and in meeting the responsibilities of his profession, his triumph or defeat becomes the standard by which his honor or disgrace is to be measured. It has been within my own opportunity, for a few years past, to note the spirit which prevails among our naval officers. And I am sure, that whatever may be their ties of earth in their social relations (and their attachments are as ardent as are those of any other class of men), they yet would regard at any moment, an opportunity to peril their lives in the accomplishment of an achievement which should accord glory to their country and individual fame to themselves, as an acceptable occurrence, and one they would gladly welcome and anxiously court. Let, then, the Government continue to this
arm of its defence the support and the confidence, which heretofore it has liberally accorded, and I believe the people of these United States will never be disappointed by its individual or collected action, whenever it is called on to achieve deeds of arms, or to further by its protection the legitimate objects of an international
At the head of such a Navy, it is your honor, sir, officially, to stand. And while I tender you THIS VOLUME, happy to know, that there is not only a high respect but also a positive feeling of personal kindness cherished towards you by the officers of the Navy. To this, allow me here to add the assurances of my own respectful consideration and esteem.
FITCH W. TAYLOR. New-York, October, 22d, 1847.
Complimentary boats from the British, French, and Spanish men-of war.
-Anecdote.- The Cumberland becomes the Flag Ship of the Home
Peru.—Callao.—The past and the present.—The Castle of Callao.--Pe-
ruvians and South Americans dull scholars in the republican school.-