Report of the commander of the U. S. S. Adams, with annexes, including the proclamation of the consular representatives of the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, dated December 5, 1889, recognizing Malietoa Laupepa as elected King of Samoa.
Apia, Samoa , December 5, 1889.
Hon. B. F. Tracy,
Secretary of the Navy:
Sir: I have the honor to inform yon that accredited representatives from all the different districts of the Samoan group met yesterday, December 4th, and formally elected Malietoa Laupepa King of Samoa.
He hoisted his flag over his residence and assumed control this morning at 8 o’clock.
I considered the event of sufficient importance to justify me in dressing the ship with mast-head flags, Malietoa’s flag at the main, and firing a royal salute.
I notified Captain Herbing, commanding H. I. C. M. S. Sophie, of my intention to salute the King, and he informed me that he could not salute the King without authority from his government.
The consuls representing the United States, England, and Germany held a meeting at the American consulate this afternoon and issued a joint proclamation to the effect that the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, and Germany recognize Malietoa Laupepa King of Samoa, with an appeal to the two opposing parties to reconcile their differences and to contribute to a peaceable management of the Samoan Government under King Malietoa.
I enclose copy (translated) of Malietoa’s letter, notifying the consuls of the three great powers of his intention to hoist his flag, a copy and translation of the result of the election signed by the electors, a copy (translation) of Tamasese’s letter announcing his allegiance to Malietoa, and a copy of the proclamation of the three consuls.
I understand that the election of Malietoa is soon to be ratified by public meetings of the people in all the districts of the group.
Very respectfully, etc.,
Lieut. Commander U. S. N., Commanding U. S. S. Adams.