afforded by a printed ticket of admission transmitted from Paris
, which did no more than command the services of a porter to conduct them through the buildings, docks, and vessels, and gave them no opportunity to converse with any of the officers.
they visited in succession Marseilles
, Belfort, Strasbourg
, Rastadt, Coblentz
, and Cologne
, observing their fortresses and defences,--in the last three places, however, without the advantage of any special authority.
The 24th and 25th of February were spent at Liege
, where their time was occupied at the national foundry for artillery and another for smallarms, both on a more extended scale than any corresponding establishments in Europe
at that time.
On the 1st of March the commission was at Paris
Two days were devoted to an examination of the fortress at Vincennes
; and several of the military establishments in Paris
were also inspected.
They were unable, however, to obtain the requisite authority for seeing those relating to the artillery.
On the 18th of March the commission proceeded to Cherbourg
and examined the works there.
On the 24th of March they arrived at London
, and afterwards visited the arsenal and dockyards at Woolwich
, the vessels at Portsmouth
, and the defences near Yarmouth
, on the Isle of Wight
, receiving every courtesy and facility they could desire from the military and naval officers at those stations in furthering the object of their visit.
On the 19th of April they embarked for home.
The above is a brief record of the labors of a