No. 166.
Mr. Peirce to Mr. Evarts.

No. 392.]

Sir: Inclosed herewith is copy of a note from Mr. Carter, the Hawaiian minister of foreign affairs, dated May 24, instant, informing the legation that His Majesty’s chargé d’affaires in London had been instructed to give notice to the British Government of the desire of this government to terminate the fourth, fifth, and sixth articles of the treaty of 1852 between the two countries, and that said notice is now given, for the purposes set forth in the seventeenth article of said treaty.

Mr. Carter verbally informs me that this government is quite willing [Page 298]to consent that the treaty referred to shall remain intact, provided the British Government withdraws its demand for the enjoyment of the same rights and privileges as those granted under the reciprocity treaty between the United States and Hawaii. It will be observed that the British commissioner, in making the demand in question, did not propose to give any equivalent or compensation for the enjoyment of the rights demanded.

Very respectfully,

HENRY A. PEIRCE.
[Inclosure.]

Mr. Carter to Mr. Peirce.

Sir: I have the honor of informing you that, by the outward mail of the 23d instant instructions were sent to His Majesty’s chargé d’affaires at London to give notice to the Government of Her Britannic Majesty of the desire of this government to terminate the fourth, fifth, and sixth articles of the treaty between Great Britain and the Hawaiian Islands of 1852, in accordance with the provisions of the seventeenth article of that treaty. His Majesty’s chargé d’affaires was instructed to inform Her Britannic Majesty’s government that such notice is given without prejudice to any effect which former notices given the British Government may have on those articles, or any rights which this government may have acquired thereby, and this government does not intend by such notice to imply that the termination of such articles is necessary to the exercise of its full right to make treaties of reciprocity, or to make exemptions under such treaties for satisfactory compensation, without thereby rendering itself liable under such articles to make the same exemptions to other nations without compensation; and, further, that as such notice is now given for the purposes set forth in the seventeenth article of that treaty, it is the hope of His Majesty’s Government that the opportunity now offered of treating and agreeing upon such other arrangements as may tend still further to the improvement of their mutual intercourse may be so fortunately employed that this notice may be withdrawn or that the articles may be replaced by others, under which the relations of the two nations may be placed upon a still better footing.

I regret that circumstances prevented my giving you this information before the mail left. Please accept the renewed assurances of high respect and consideration, with which I have the honor to be, &c.,

Your excellency’s, &c.,

HENRY A. P. CARTER.

His Excellency Henry A. Peirce,
United States Minister Resident.