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    John Calhoun Partly Printed Document Signed as Secretary of War. Two pages including integral blank, 8" x 9.75", Washington, D.C., March 22, 1822. Being a notification to M. . Ewing of Pennsylvania to report to West Point for examination. In part: "SIR, You are herby notified, that on repairing to West Point, in the sate of New-York, in the month of June next, and reporting yourself to the Superintendent of the Military Academy, you will be examined for admission into that Institution, and if qualified, will be admitted conditionally, as a Cadet."

    The document goes on to list the: "Qualifications Necessary for Admission. Each cadet, previous to being admitted a member of the Military Academy must be able to read distinctly and pronounce correctly; to write a fair legible hand; and to perform, with facility and accuracy, the various operations of the ground rules of arithmetic, both simple and compound; of the rules of reduction; of single and compound proportion; and also of vulgar and decimal fractions; and be above fourteen, and not exceeding twenty-one years of age."

    Below this, penned in an unidentified hand: "Your acceptance must be accompanied by a declaration from your Parent or Guardian . . . giving consent to your signing Articles, binding you to serve five years unless . . . discharged." Little is known of Cadet M.C. Ewing, other than that he was a lieutenant in the 4th Artillery and a civil engineer who assisted topographical engineer Captain William Turnbull in overseeing the building of the Potomac aqueduct Georgetown in 1883-84. Document is lightly toned and quite attractive.

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