Mr. Davis to the Secretary of War.
Sir: Questions having arisen which render it important that the boundary line, extending from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains, along the 49th parallel, should be surveyed and marked by suitable monuments by a joint United States and British commission, I have the honor to request that you will cause an estimate to be made by the Bureau of Engineers, of the probable expense which would be necessary for completing the work by a properly organized commission.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William W. Belknap, Secretary of War.