Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Selections from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. James H. Hammond, of South Carolina >> Message to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, Nov. 26, 1844 >> Page 87

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anywhere upon it would be as convenient for military
purposes as at Charleston or Columbia. The sale of
the arsenal and magazine buildings and grounds, at
these places, would, I have little doubt, furnish ample
funds for erecting a brick arsenal and extensive wooden
barracks in the country, without requiring a dollar
from the Treasury. The consolidation of the two
schools would enable you to dispense with one set of
Professors and other officers, which, with the cheapness
of living, and the number of pay students that might
be expected if the situation was known to be perfectly
healthy, would in all probability reduce the expendi-
ture to one-half the sum now appropriated to their
support. That amounts, at present, to about twenty-
eight thousand dollars. In suggesting this plan, I by
no means desire to be understood as recommending
any change as regards the school system. It is a
great improvement on that of a hired guard, and the
cadets are as efficient protectors of the arsenals as the
guards were ; neither being anything more than
nominally so. The cadets, united in one body, and
increased by an unlimited number of pay students,
would afford ample protection ; while so fine a school,
at a healthy location in the country, would induce a
large proportion of the . rising generation to prepare
themselves for future service, both military and civil;
by embracing its advantages. The policy heretofore
pursued, of repairing damaged arms, is questionable.
They are, for the most part, not worth the expense.
The appropriation of two thousand dollars per annum,
for repairing arms and arsenal purposes, may, I think,
in any event, be henceforth judiciously curtailed one-
half.