Context of Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, responding to Senate resolution of December 15, 1884, stating that orders have been issued to Civil Engineer A.G. Menocal, Civil Engineer R.E. Peary, and Ensign W.I. Chambers to visit Nicaragua in order to make a survey of the route for the proposed Nicaragua canal, giving authority therefor. December 17, 1884. -- Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.