to Mr. Evarts.
Honolulu, January 18, 1881. (Received February 7.)
Sir: By the courtesy of the Hawaiian Government in furnishing printed copies, and the steamer being already one day overdue, I am enabled to transmit copies of a note received from the Hawaiian minister of foreign affairs this morning, setting forth at great length the needs and difficulties of the Hawaiian Islands with regard to procuring immigrants, both for mere laborers and for increase of population, especially of females, the males being now largely in excess.
A commissioner of immigration (Attorney-General Armstrong) accompanies “Alii Kalakaua” on his tour around the world, under instructions to make inquiries in all lands in regard to possible immigrants for the Hawaiian Islands. As the commissioner will pass through the United States, and will probably make inquiries, more especially as to the possibility of procuring immigrants from the exodus of Southern colored laborers, I respectfully commend him to your good offices.
I have, &c.,