Excerpt from Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New Jersey for the Year 1856 To his Excellency Rodman M. Price, Goverr, Commander-in-Chief, &c., &c.: Sirs: - In conformity with the Order No. 5, of the thirtieth day of May, eighteen hundred and fifty-six, a copy of which will be found in Appendix, (A.) I landed in England on the eighteenth of June, and as far as the limited time would admit, gave my attention to the several objects of information upon which I was required to report. I saw very large body of troops in England. I was present in London when the guards came up on their arrival from the Crimea, and regret to say that I was disappointed in their appearance. They did t strike me as particularly well set up, and although they looked as if they had seen service, still they had t a veteran look. With the exception of the Horse Guards, who had t been abroad, and are the perfection of every thing in that arm, the troops in England, justly accredited for their invincible stationary bravery, did t individually or collectively appear to me as if war was always uppermost in their thoughts. The gentlemanlike bearing of the officers was remarkable, and in a service where the army is sometimes resorted to as a living, and promotion can be acquired by the payment of money, the sergeants and other n-commissioned officers, as a class, are of incalculable value. The subject of the most approved arms used abroad, coming first in order, and also from its paramount importance to the State and to the United States, where more than two millions of men are reported by the Ordnance department as fit to be armed, claimed my early attention. Accordingly, accompanied by Col. Samuel Colt, of Hartford, Connecticut, to whom I ackwledge myself indebted for some useful information and his own personal attention, I visited the manufactory of small arms at Enfield. For years past, fire arms have been well made by machinery, in the United States. This undertaking at Enfield is new in England, and it is only w for the first time, in the language of their reports, that a rifle has been constructed independent of manual labor. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.