to Mr. Evarts
Honolulu , January 17, 1881. (Received February 7.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit copy of a note from the Hawaiian minister of foreign affairs, containing information of a proposed tour of King Kalakaua around the world, accompanied by Attorney-General Armstrong, and his chamberlain, Colonel Judd.
I take the occasion to say that my relations with the King and his ministers have been of the most friendly and cordial nature since the receipt of the dispatch from the Secretary of State approving my course in the Moreno-Bush affair.
The King’s ministers gave him a banquet last Friday night, where about one hundred guests were entertained. No full report of the speeches can be had in time for this mail. The King, suspending his usual rule, replied in person to the toast to his health, and his speech [Page 617] contained significant statements as to his future policy, and an acknowledgment of errors in the past, which he hoped would prove a lesson for the future. I will forward copies of the full report, if any shall be made in time for the mail. If not, will forward by next mail.
I have, &c.,