No. 362.
Mr. Hastings to Mr. Bayard.

No. 92.]

Sir: Your dispatch No. 33, of the 15th of October last, in relation to the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of His Majesty King Kalakaua, has been received at this legation.

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With a view to carrying out the instructions to Minister Merrill contained therein, I at once communicated to the minister of foreign affairs the friendly desire of the President, at the same time informing him of other arrangements to honor the occasion had our Government had sufficient notice beforehand of the intended celebration.

In reply to my communication the minister of foreign affairs informed me that His Majesty was extremely gratified to learn of the interest felt by our President and people in the celebration of his fiftieth anniversary, and requested that as the representative of the legation I should convey personally the President’s cordial message, naming an hour on which His Majesty would be pleased to receive me in special audience for the purpose.

I append hereto an account of the audience, published by authority of the Hawaiian foreign office.

I have, etc.,

Frank P. Hastings.
[Inclosure in No. 92.]

This day had audience of the King, Frank P. Hastings, esq., acting chargé d’affaires and vice and deputy consul-general for the United States of America, to present to His Majesty the congratulations of the President of the United States on his fiftieth birthday. To which audience he was introduced by his excellency Hon. Walter M. Gibson, minister of foreign affairs.

Mr. Hastings addressed His Majesty in the following terms:

Your Majesty: By special direction of the President of the United States, it becomes my agreeable duty to convey on this auspicious event the President’s cordial felicitations on the attainment of your fiftieth year.

“It is needless for me to refer to the many evidences 3 our Majesty has received of the steady friendship of the Government and people of the United States, or to repeat the many expressions of regard and good-will that have so often been made by them in regard to the welfare and success of Hawaii and its people.

“In assuring your Majesty of the continuance of all these friendly wishes, I am requested to add the sincere hope of our President and people that the close and mutually beneficial relations now existing between Hawaii and the United States may be maintained and developed. Added to these sentiments of national good-will, allow me to express the hope, that the prosperity with which this Kingdom has been blessed during your Majesty’s reign may long continue, and that many years may be added to your Majesty’s life as well as to that of each member of your royal family, with the attendant blessings of health, happiness, and peace.”

Mr. Hastings then proceeded to say: “I can not let this occasion, so kindly granted tome by your Majesty, pass without expressing on behalf of the people of Charleston, S. C., their deep gratitude for the gracious message of sympathy so promptly sent to them in their distress; It will be remembered by them so long as kindly sympathies shall exist in the human heart.”

To which His Majesty replied, expressing his gratitude for the kindly message sent to him in thin special manner by the President of the United States, a message which was peculiarly pleasing as being the first to reach him and coming from the head of so great a nation as the United States of America.

His Majesty was attended on this occasion by his excellency Hon. Walter M. Gibson, minister of foreign affairs and premier; Major-General the Hon. Curtis P. Iaukca, governor of Oahu, His Majesty’s chamberlain; Maj. John D. Holt, of the staff of the governor of Oahu; and Capt. Samuel Nowlein, quartermaster-general of the forces.