Excerpt from Papers on Subjects Connected With the Duties of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Vol. 1 The duties, both military and civil, which are imposed upon Officers of Engineers, are so various in their character, and require so extensive an acquaintance with both practice and theory, that any individual officer can hardly be expected, during the course of his service, to make himself completely master of all the details of the subjects which may be brought under his tice. He must of necessity refer to the experience of others; and it is one of the advantages of the Corps of Royal Engineers, and of other bodies similarly circumstanced, that jarring interests, or professional jealousies, can interfere to prevent one officer giving to ather, when required, every advice and assistance in his power. It may, and indeed does, however, often happen, that an officer, when called upon for his Opinion and advice, or ordered to execute some new work, may t have it in his power to refer to the experience of others for assistance: occasions of this kind have frequently given rise to suggestions for the publication of a professional work, in. 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.