"Lieut. Maury, who has been physically incapacitated for naval service by a broken leg, having been' restored to rank by the Naval Courts, other officers now demand that he either be sent to sea, or got out of the way of their promotion by resignation." We copy the above paragraph from an exchange, and we hope, for the honor of the country, that the last statement is not true. Lieut. Maury is an ornament to his country, and we rejoice that he has been restored to rank by the Naval Courts, and that he will neither resign nor get out of the way, to make room, perchance, for some lazy, worthless fellow, who might disgrace the American navy. Lieut. Maury has done more to promote nautical science than any man now living, and hence we urge that he should be retained just so long as he lives. If he is incapacitated to do physical service because of a lame leg, his head is not broken, and by the aid of its workings he can do quite as much as can those who would supplant him, by the combined power of their legs and all their other qualifications. Nelson, when he achieved his greatest victory, was blind of an eye, and had only one arm.
This article was originally published with the title "Lieut. Maury in the Navy" in Scientific American 13, 19, 150 (January 1858)