No. 367.
Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.

No. 111.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith three printed copies of a treaty of “political confederation” between Hawaii and Samoa, officially published at Honolulu in the Hawaiian Government Gazette March 28, 1887.

On the 26th instant a copy of this treaty was transmitted to this legation by the Hawaiian minister of foreign affairs, with the information that a copy would be communicated to the United States Government by His Hawaiian Majesty’s envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Washington.

I have, etc.,

Geo. W. Merrill.
[Inclosure in No. 111.—From Hawaiian Government Gazette.]

Treaty between the Kingdom of Samoa and the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands—Proclamation.

[l. s.]

By virtue of my inherent and recognized rights as King of the Samoan Islands by my own people and by treaty with the three great powers of America, England, and Germany, and by and with the advice of my Government, and the consent of Taimua and Faipule, representing the legislative powers of my kingdom, I do hereby freely and voluntarily offer and agree and bind myself to enter into a political confederation with His Majesty Kalakaua, King of the Hawaiian Islands, and I hereby give this solemn pledge that I will conform to whatever measures may hereafter be adopted by His Majesty. Kalakaua and be mutually-agreed upon to promote and carry into effect this political confederation., and to maintain it now and forever.

(M. R.)
King of Samoa.

By the King:

Wm. Coe.
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We, Taimua and Faipule, of the Government of Samoa, appointed by the house of Taimua and Faipule, hereby approve of and support the above agreement.

Taimua. Districts. Faipule. Districts.
Utumapu Itu o tane. Tafi Loa Atua.
Pau Faasaleleaga Vaafai Launuia.
Tuisam Lufi Lufi Uuga Itu tane.
Tuao Lulumoega (l. s.). Alipia Lulumoega.
Leia Taua Manono. Faanaua Faasalelega
Teo Tuamasaga Sao Itu teme.
Su Faleao Palauli. Vailun Itu teme.
Molioo Atua Aana.
Le Mamea
Minister of Interior.

William. Coe,
Assistant Secretary of State.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a full and true translation of the original document in the Samoan language.

William Coe
His Samoan Majesty’s Interpreter.

Kalakaua, by the grace of God, of the Hawaiian Islands, King. To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting:

Whereas, on the 17th day of February last past, His Majesty Malietoa, King of the, Samoan Islands, entered into an agreement and treaty binding himself to enter into a political confederation with us; and whereas the said agreement and treaty was at the same time approved by the Taimua and Faipule of Samoa, and accepted in our name and by our minister plenipotentiary, Hon. John E. Bush: Now, therefore, having read and considered the said agreement and treaty, we do, by these presents, approve, accept, confirm, and ratify it for ourselves, our heirs, and successors, subject to the obligations which His Majesty Malietoa may be under to those foreign powers with which he and the people of Samoa, and the Government thereof have at this time any treaty relations, engaging and promising upon our royal word to enter into political confederation with His Majesty King Malietoa, and to conform to such measures as may be hereafter agreed upon between us for the carrying into effect of such confederation. For the greater testimony and validity of all which we have caused the great seal of our kingdom to be affixed to these presents, which we have signed with our royal hand.

[l. s.] (M. R.) Kalakaua.

By the King:

Walter M. Gibson
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Premier.

Now be it known, that the above treaty having been duly accepted and ratified by His Majesty the King:

Therefore the said treaty has become a part of the laws of this Kingdom, and is to be observed accordingly.

Walter M. Gibson,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.