Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
Honolulu , November 8, 1887. (Received November 25.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on the 3d instant the Hawaiian legislature convened in Aliiolani Hall, Honolulu, and was opened by His Majesty in person.
On this occasion the King was accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Liliuokalani, and Her Royal Highness Princess Kaiulaui.
I inclose a newspaper account of the opening ceremonies, also a copy of the speech of His Majesty the King in formally opening the session, and the reply thereto as reported to and adopted by the legislature.[Page 836]
One of the principal points of interest in the speech and reply is the reference to a renewal of the treaty of reciprocity with the United States, which has been received throughout the community with very much favor.
Relative to the extension of the treaty I inclose a copy of an editorial article entitled “The Legislation,” published on the 4th instant, in the Daily Hawaiian Gazette.
The legislature organized promptly by the election of Hon. Samuel G. Wilder, of Honolulu, as presiding officer, and the usual complement of officers.
It is generally believed that the legislature is composed of members disposed to transact business promptly, and, if possible, avoid a protracted session.
I have, etc.,