Mr. Gresham to Mr. Willis.

No. 69.]

Sir: Your No. 84, of the 30th ultimo, confirming the text of your telegram of that date and giving fuller particulars of the proceedings in regard to the persons accused or suspected of participation in the late disturbances, has been received.

Your action, as therein reported, in behalf of persons claiming to be American citizens, is approved. You appear to have anticipated in great measure the telegraphic instructions which were sent to you on the 8th instant.

It is not clearly understood what is meant by the following passage in your dispatch: “The arrival of the Philadelphia will of course have a good effect, as this Government” (that of Hawaii), “if it so desired, would have the aid of our Government under proper conditions.”

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.