Mr. Stevens to Mr. Blaine .

No. 18.]

Sir: Herewith inclosed I transmit to the Department of State a copy of resolutions adopted at a public meeting of a large number of influential native-born citizens of the Hawaiian Islands, relative to the death and its attending circumstances of the late King Kalakaua. I also inclose a copy of my remarks addressed to the committee who called at this legation and placed the said resolutions in my hands.

I am, etc.,

John L. Stevens.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 18.]

Resolutions adopted by meeting of Hawaiian citizens.

Whereas the unbounded courtesy and kind attentions extended to His late Majesty King Kalakaua, in his recent visit to California, by the United States Government, the State of California, the city of San Francisco, as well as citizens and residents in San Francisco, and by Rear-Admiral George Brown and the officers and men of the United States flagship Charleston, have placed the Hawaiian nation under a debt of gratitude to the United States and to citizens of said country and to said Rear-Admiral Brown, his officers, and men: Therefore be it

Resolved, That the Hawaiian people recognize with the deepest gratitude the great courtesy of the United States Government and of officials and citizens of the State of California, in the courtesies extended to His late Majesty the King upon the occasion of his recent visit to California, where he met his most untimely death; and be it further

Resolved, That we recognize a like debt of gratitude to Rear-Admiral Brown, of the United States flagship Charleston, and to his officers and men in their more than courteous treatment and care of His late Majesty King Kalakaua, both in going to California and in their tender care and attention during his illness and in returning his remains to our midst; and be it further

Resolved, That an engrossed copy hereof be presented to his excellency John L. Stevens, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Honolulu, for transmission to Washington; that a like copy be sent to the governor of California, another to the mayor of the city of San Francisco, and another be presented to Rear-Admiral Brown on behalf of His late Majesty’s grateful subjects and friends.


  • Paul P. Kamoa,
  • W. L. Holokohlki,
  • S. K. Kane,
  • J. Kalua Kabookano,
  • John L. A. Kauluwu,
  • John F. Colburn,
  • Mark P. Robinson,
  • Samuel Parker,
  • Wm. Godwin,
  • E. C. Macfarlane,
  • Wm. R. Castle,
  • Alex. Young,
  • C. O. Bergen,
  • Paul R. Tsenberg,
  • F. M. Swanzy,
  • John W. Kalva,
  • A. Rosa,
    Committee.
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[Inclosure 2 in No. 18.]

Remarks of Minister Stevens.

Gentlemen: It is with no ordinary emotions that I meet you under the afflictive circumstances which call you to this legation. I recognize in your committee the honored representatives of a large and influential portion of the native citizens of Hawaii, all equally interested in the welfare of their country. As the American minister at this capital I receive the resolutions which you place in my hands as the expression of the warm and sincere feelings cherished by the citizens of Hawaii for the citizens and Government of the United States. The manner in which these sentiments are called forth, and the attending circumstances of your late sovereign’s death, can not fail to strengthen permanently the fraternal and friendly relations between this island Kingdom and the American nation, which are united by the triple bonds of moral sympathy, of near neighborhood, and of common interests.

It will be my duty as well as my pleasure to transmit copies of your resolutions to the President of the United States, to the governor of California, and to the mayor of San Francisco.