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Title:[Excerpt of a letter] 1833 Jan. 27, West Point, N[ew] Y[ork] [to] Father / [George Welcker] :a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Welcker, George
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Date: January 27, 1833
Extent: 2p
Summary:The following document is an excerpt of a letter written by George Welcker at the West Point military academy to his father in Tennessee. In the letter, George updates his father on issues related to his schooling, including his position in recent class rankings and fellow Tennesseans at West Point.
Collection:Welcker Papers
Box:2
Folder:1833
Document:mc003
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West Point N.Y. [New York] January 27th 1833
Dear Father,

I have delayed a little longer than I expected to write to you, thinking that I would probably receive one from you, but now I have come to the conclusion that you have postponed writing until you receive my letter and I have therefore set about it. —

Accordingly as I wrote you in my last our examination commenced on the first monday of this month and it finished but two or three days since, the standing of all the Cadets in their different studies has been arranged and published to them. — In french I am about the middle of my class and I have very little doubt but that I shall be able to rise in it at almost every examination, for I find that the more I study it the easier it becomes to me. — In mathematics which is much the most difficult and important study, there are only four above me and about seventy-five below me, and I am induced to believe that I shall at least not fall any for we have principally been engaged in the study of Algebra about which I know less than I do of most of the course over which we shall have to pass.— The algebra that we study here is something similar to a small one that I left at home, but this is at least as large as a volume of Hume's history of England . — We finished that book and reviewed it several times between sept. [september] and the first of January, besides reviewing two books of geometry— This was done only by the first section or division of my class in which there are about 20 Cadets — some of the other sections finished their algebra and some of them did not even get that far.—




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We are now reviewing geometry and we will next study place and spherical trigonometry— upon these three last together with algebra principally depend all others mathematical branches, such as surveying, navigation, all the calculations in philosophy and astronomy, civil and military engineering &c &c [et cetera, et cetera]— These branches and in fact all others that are learned here are taught more thoroughly at this place than at any other in the Union, and equally as much so as at any other place in the world.— The examination being now over, all those of my class whose conduct and progress in their studies have been such as to enable the Academic Board to report favourably [favorably] of them, will receive in a short time from the War Department their full appointments as Cadets— as for my own part I have no fears about mine.— My class was at first about 120, it has 80 at present, and it is likely that not more than seventy of them will receive their appointments.— Mr. Williams is about the middle of the class in mathematics, and he is about twenty below me in french, yet I think there is no doubt but that he will receive his appointment and will probably do very well — There is only one other Tennessean in our class besides Williams and myself, and he is a young man from Nashville of whom I have almost despaired — In the first Class which will graduate in June there are two Tennesseans (viz) Mr. Crabb from Knoxville and Thomas from Columbia — in the second class there is one (viz) Henderson from Franklin who is a nephew of [unclear: Magr. ] Eaton's — in the third there is one (viz) Henderson from the Western District .— Ours is the fourth class.— Mr. Luke Lea Jr. [Junior] who was elected carrier of the Electoral ticket of Tenn. [Tennessee] was here a few days since in company with his brother who lately graduated at this place — he is assistant clerk to the senate of our Legislature and he seemed to be of opinion that Eaton would be the next senator



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