No. 164.
Mr. Peirce to Mr. Fish.

No. 372.]

Sir: The proclamation of the President of the United States, giving effect, on the 9th ultimo, to the reciprocity convention between the United States and Hawaii, was received here on the 21st September. I also received by the same mail a letter from Collector Shannon, San Francisco, giving a copy of a telegram addressed to him by the Hon. William Hunter, dated Washington, September 11, 1876, requesting him to inform me of the following message: “Treaty proclaimed; advise consul. Invoices in future will require certificate that goods are production of Hawaiian Islands.” In compliance therewith the United States consul was immediately notified, and will govern himself accordingly.

Inclosed herewith is the published proclamation of King Kalakaua, dated the 26th September, extracted from the Hawaiian Gazette of the 27th, declaring the said reciprocity convention to have taken effect in this kingdom on the 9th September, 1876, corresponding to the time fixed by the President’s proclamation for its going into operation in the ports of the United States.

I am, &c.,

HENRY A. PEIRCE.
[Inclosure.]

[From the Hawaiian Gazette, September 27, 1876.]

The proclamation of King Kalakaua, corresponding in its tenor to that of President Grant, announcing the ratification of the treaty of commercial reciprocity, and fixing the date when it became operative here, September 9, 1876, will be found in its appropriate column.

Under this proclamation the cargo of the bark Cyane, which arrived on the 18th instant from San Francisco, was the first to obtain free entry, and that of the mail-steamer [Page 296]City of New York was the second. At the above-named port the bark Lunalilo, which arrived on the 11th, was the first free entry, followed soon after by the D. C. Murray and Mary Belle Roberts.

By authority,

[Coat of arms of Hawaii.]

proclamation.

Whereas, by our proclamation dated the 17th-day of June last, the convention with the United States of America, ratified by ourselves on the 17th day of April, 1875, and by His Excellency the President of the United States of America on the 31st day of May, 1875, was made public by us, to the end that it and every clause and article thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by every person within our kingdom; and

Whereas we did therein proclaim that the “said convention shall go into effect as soon as intelligence is received that the Government of the United States has made the necessary provisions for carrying it into operation”; and

Whereas, by a proclamation of His Excellency the President of the United States of America, dated the 9th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1876, it appears that the Government of the United States has made the necessary provisions for carrying the said convention into operation, and that the Acting Secretary of State of the United States and His Majesty’s envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Washington have recorded a protocol in a conference had by them at Washington on the 9th day of September, 1876, in the following language:

“Whereas it is provided in article V of the convention between the United States of America and His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands, concerning commercial reciprocity, signed at Washington on the 30th day of January, 1875, as follows:

Article V. The present convention shall take effect as soon as it shall have been approved and proclaimed by His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands, and shall have been ratified and duly proclaimed on the part of the Government of the United States, but not until a law to carry it into operation shall have been passed by the Congress of the United States of America. Such assent having been given, and the ratifications of the convention having been exchanged, as provided in article six, the convention shall remain in force for seven years from the date at which it may come into operation; and, further, until the expiration of twelve months after either of the high contracting parties shall give notice to the other of its wishes to terminate the same, each of the high contracting parties being at liberty to give such notice to the other at the end of said term of seven years, or at any time thereafter;” and

Whereas the said convention having been approved and proclaimed by His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands, and having been ratified and duly proclaimed on the part of the Government of the United States; and

Whereas an act was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, entitled “An act to carry into effect a convention between the United States of America and His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands,” signed on the 30th day of January, 1875, which was approved on the 15th day of August in the year 1876; and

Whereas an act was passed by the legislative assembly of the Hawaiian Islands, entitled “An act to carry into effect a convention by His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands and the United States of America,” signed at Washington on the 30th day of January, 1875, which was duly approved on the 18th day of July, in the year 1876; and

Whereas ratifications of the convention having been exchanged, as provided in article VI, the undersigned, William Hunter, Acting Secretary of State of the United States of America, and the Hon. Elisha H. Allen, chief justice of the supreme court, and the chancellor of the kingdom, and member of the privy council of Hawaii; and His Majesty’s envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States of America, duly authorized for this purpose by their respective governments, have met together at Washington, and having found that the said convention has been approved and proclaimed by His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands, and has been ratified and duly proclaimed on the part of the Government of the United States, and that the laws to carry the said treaty into operation have been passed by said Congress of the United States of America on the one part, and by the legislative assembly of the Hawaiian Islands on the other, hereby declare that the convention aforesaid, concluded between the United States of America and His Majesty the King of the Hawaiian Islands on the 30th day of January, 1875, will take effect on the day aforesaid:

Therefore, in pursuance of the premises, we do hereby declare the said convention to have taken effect from the 9th day of the present month of September.


[seal.]
KALAKAUA, R.

By the King:
W. L. Green,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.