to Mr. Blaine.
Honolulu, October 24, 1881. (Received November 9.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 189 and to former communications on the subject of the British claims, I have the honor to report further as to the attempt to create distrust in the mind of the regent in regard to the intentions of the United States.
There is no doubt in my mind that the British commissioner excited sufficient alarm in the mind of the princess regent to cause her to correspond directly with him, and without submitting her notes to the inspection of the cabinet or privy council; and it is believed that she accepted some sort of assurance from him that Great Britain would protect the independence of the islands against alleged anticipated violent proceedings on the part of the United States.
It is for this reason that I took occasion of my separate and confidential” note, informing the minister (as directed by the Secretary of State) of the approval of his position on the British claims, to refer also to the effort to sow distrust in the mind of the princess, and the real reason for such action.
I have received no written reply to this note, and it has been intimated pretty clearly in a confidential way that there are things with reference to the action of the regent which it is not pleasant or easy for his excellency to put upon paper. I respectfully invite the attention of the Secretary of State to my note above cited.
Having at a later date forwarded the answer of Captain Gillis, showing that the failure of the Lackawanna to salute was the result of neglect on the part of the governor of Oahu (husband of the regent), I was surprised to find how active their alarm had been, and what a load was taken off the mind of the regent and others, as will more dimly appear in the formal reply of the minister of foreign affairs.
I believe confidence is now fully restored.
I have, &c.,