Washington, March 28, 1884.
To Lieut.-Commander Thomas, U. S. N.,
The undersigned having been requested to determine which of the Essays submitted to them is most worthy of the prize offered by the United States Naval Institute, under conditions which have already been made public, respectfully report that two Essays were entered in competition for the prize. The committee are unanimously of the opinion that the superior of these is that which is signed by a motto beginning “Thou too, sail on, O Ship of State!” and they recommend that the premium be awarded to its author. As the subject of the Essay, “The Reconstruction and Increase of the Navy,” is of general interest and of great importance, the committee do not wish to be considered as expressing their concurrence or their non-concurrence in the views which the essayist has presented.
JOS. K. HAWLEY,
C. R. P. RODGERS,
DANIEL C. GILMAN.