April 21, 1882
To the Senate of the United States:
I transmit herewith a communication addressed to me by the Secretary of the Navy, with accompanying papers, in which an appropriation is asked for the purpose of observing the transit of Venus in 1882.
The matter is commended to the favorable action of Congress.
CHESTER A. ARTHUR
(The same message was sent to the House of Representatives.)
Chester A. Arthur, Special Message Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/204249