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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 24 (search)
s at the Virginia Military Institute in 1873. His last work was a Preliminary Report on the Physical Survey of Virginia (setting forth in an attractive manner her great resources of the field, forest and mine, to induce immigrants to come and settle up her waste places). In grateful recognition of the past services conferred by Maury upon navigation and science, gold medals were struck in his honor by Prussia, Austria, Holland, Sweden and Norway. Spain, France, Sardinia, the Republic of Bremen, and Pope Pius IX presented him with a set of all the medals struck during the pontificate. England and Belgium also offered medals. Denmark, Portugal, Russia, France, Belgium and Mexico presented decorations and orders of knighthood, which last he declined (being an officer of the United States Navy). He had, besides, about twenty diplomas from as many foreign scientific societies, but from the United States nothing, except his pay as a commander in the navy. The Czar of Russia offered