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WAR DEPARTMENT, April 19, 1872.

The Secretary of War has the honor to transmit to the United States Senate a preliminary report of Lieutenant George M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers, of the progress of the engineer exploration of the public domain in Nevada and Arizona, which, it is believed, will satisfactorily meet the request contained in the Senate resolution of the 7th ultimo, and to invite the attention of that body to the estimate of funds necessary for the continuance of the work, embraced in the letter of the Chief of Engineers forwarding the report, for which purpose no provision was made in the regular estimate for appropriations heretofore made to Congress.

WM. W. BELKNAP,

Secretary of War.


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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, D. C., April 18, 1872.

SIR: In compliance with the following resolution of the Senate of the United States, ‘‘"That the Secretary of War be requested to communicate, for the information of the Senate, a report showing the present condition of the explorations now being conducted under the direction of the Engineer Department (in Nevada and Arizona,) and in the immediate charge of Lieutenant George M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers,"’’ I have the honor to submit herewith a preliminary report from Lieutenant Wheeler, which, it is believed, will furnish all the information contemplated in the resolution. The preliminary topographical map referred to in the report has just been completed, and two copies are transmitted herewith.

I desire to invite attention to the extent of country in the interior that has not yet been explored instrumentally, and to recommend to favorable consideration the project and estimate submitted by Lieutenant Wheeler for continuing the exploration of these unknown areas.

For the next season's work the sum of $75,000 is necessary.

The early mapping of this region will be of great service not only for governmental purposes, but in furnishing information eagerly sought for by those interested in mining and other industrial pursuits.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Brigadier General and Chief of Engineers.

Hon. WM. W. BELKNAP,

Secretary of War.

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