PRELIMINARY REPORT OF EXPLORATIONS IN NEVADA AND ARIZONA.


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By GEO. M. WHEELER,

First Lieutenant Corps of Engineers.

UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE,

(EXPLORATIONS IN NEVADA AND ARIZONA,)

Washington, D. C., March 19, 1872.

GENERAL: I have the honor to forward, in acknowledgment of your communication of the 12th instant, a preliminary report, with a appendices, presenting, so far as circumstances will permit, such of the results relating to the explorations of the past season, (as are liable to be soonest needed,) and explanations regarding the present condition of our labors, thinking that this will in the best manner satisfy the spirit of the resolution of the Senate of the 8th instant, a copy of which you inclose. It will also supply, in a measure, the part of a more detailed annual report, that should have been forwarded from the field only for the great urgency of other duties; and your attention is called to some of the suggestions in favor of a continuance of explorations in the field of our western territory, and to the estimates presented. A preliminary topographical map, now nearly completed, will be forwarded at the earliest opportunity.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

GEO. M. WHEELER,

First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, in charge of

Explorations in Nevada and Arizona.

Brigadier General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Engineers U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

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