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Mr. Foster to Mr. Stevens,
Washington, November 8, 1892.
SIR: Adverting to your current dispatches in relation to the course 
of political events in the Hawaiian Islands, many of which are marked 
by you "Confidential" and for obvious reasons, I desire to suggest that 
you endeavor to separate your reports into two classes, one of which 
shall aim to give the narrative of public affairs in their open historical 
aspect, and the other to be of a strictly reserved and confidential char- 
acter, reporting and commenting upon matters of personal intrigue and 
the like so far as you may deem necessary for my full understanding of 
the situation. Many of your dispatches combine these two modes of 
treatment to such a degree as to make their publication, in the event of 
a call from Congress or other occasion therefor inexpedient and, 
indeed, impracticable, without extended omissions. 
I am, etc.,
Mr. Stevens to Mr. Foster,
Honolulu, November 5, 1892.
SIR: The prolonged struggle between the Queen and the Legislature 
has terminated today by the triumph of the latter. A new ministry 
has just been appointed, of quite different material from that of its 
several predecessors. Mark P. Robinson, Foreign Affairs; Peter C. 
Jones, Finance; G. N. Wilcox, Interior; Cecil Brown, Attorney-Gen- 
eral. These are of the responsible men of the islands, none of them 
needing the salaries, all being of comparative wealth, their aggregate 
property being estimated at nearly one million of dollars. Mr. Jones 
is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, in active business here for a 
quarter of a century, though he has lived the past year in his native 
city, having recently returned to Honolulu.
Wilcox, the wealthiest man of the four, was born on one of the 
islands, of American missionary parentage. Robinson is the most re- 
spected man of the islands, of mixed blood, three quarters white, born 
here. The first three are strong in American feeling and purpose. 
Brown, the attorney-general, was born here, of English parentage, and 
is said to be more American than English as to the future of Hawaii. 
It is possible the Tahitian favorite may be continued as marshal for 
the present, but his dictatorship is practically overthrown. The suc- 
cess of the Legislative majority and the appointment of this cabinet are 
regarded as the triumph of the better citizens of Hawaii over the 
worse, and especially a proof of American ascendancy over ultra Eng- 
lish and other anti-American elements and sentiments. This new 
cabinet is justly considered the most positively American there has 
been here since the Reform ministry went out two and a half years 
ago. I am happy to say that ray official and personal relations with 
this ministry are likely to be most friendly and cordial. 
I am, sir, etc.,

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