February 4, 1878

Washington D.C.


To the Senate and House of Representatives:


The commission appointed under the act of Congress approved March 3, 1873, entitled “An Act to authorize inquiries into the causes of steam-boiler explosions,” have addressed a report of progress, made to date thereof, to the Secretaries of the Treasury and Navy Departments, which has been transmitted to me by these officers.  The commission also present a copy of a report dated February 27, 1877, which they say “was mislaid and did not reach the President.”  These reports are respectfully submitted for the information of Congress.