Mr. Thurston to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: In my communication to you under date of January 20 last the statement was made that “the British commissioner in Honolulu, Mr. Hawes, has called upon the Hawaiian Government to give him assurances that no capital punishment will be inflicted upon the insurrectionists.”

Fuller information from my Government concerning such matter, received since the date of such communication, is to the effect that the calls of Mr. Hawes on the subject of capital punishment were unofficial, and I am instructed by my Government to so inform you.

With renewed assurances, etc.,

L. A. Thurston.