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The Provisional Government sent for the late ministers, who were at the police 
station. Two of them came, and finally all four repaired to the headquarters of the 
new Government, where formal demand was made upon them for the possession of 
the police station. The ex-ministers asked for time to deliberate upon this demand, 
They went to the palace in company with Hon. Samuel M. Damon, and held a con- 
sultation with Liliuokalani. The result was a compromise proposition, which was 
rejected by the Provisional Government. After further consultation the following 
protest was noted:
I, Liliuokalani, by the grace of God and under the constitution of the Hawaiian 
Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against 
myself and the constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain 
persons claiming to have established a Provisional Government of and for this King- 
That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America, whose minister 
plenipotentiary, his excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States troops to 
be landed at Honolulu and declared that he would support the said Provisional Gov- 
Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps the loss of life, I do, under 
this protest, and impelled by said force, yield my authority until such time as the 
Government of the United States shall, upon the facts being presented to it, undo 
the action of its representative and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as 
the constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands. 
Done at Honolulu this 17th day of January, A. D. 1893.
Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
Minister of Finance. 
Minister of the Interior. 
S. B. DOLE, Esq., and others,
Composing the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands.
(Indorsed:) Received by the hands of the late cabinet this 17th day of January, 
A. D. 1893. (Signed) Sanford B. Dole, chairman of the executive council of Pro- 
visional Government.
The late Queen and cabinet accordingly yielded unconditionally, and the police 
station was turned over to Commander Soper and Capt. Ziegler with forty men 
from Company A. Mr. Wilson made a short address to the police force assembled in 
the station, telling them that resistance was no longer feasible.
The Provisional Government sent notifications of the situation to the representa- 
tives of foreign powers. The following answer to the request for recognition was 
received from his excellency John L. Stevens:
"A Provisional Government having been duly constituted in the place of the recent 
Government of Queen Liliuokalani, and said Provisional Government being in full 
possession of the Government building, the archives, and the treasury, and in control 
of the capital of the Hawaiian Islands, I hereby recognize said Provisional Govern- 
ment as the de facto Government of the Hawaiian Islands.
"Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States."
At latest advices the Provisional Government was in complete possession of the 
city, and the only Government possessing, exercising, or claiming any authority or 
power whatsoever.
Mr. Stevens to Mr. Foster.
Honolulu, January 19, 1893.
SIR: The Provisional Government of Hawaii, by special steamer, 
send a commission to Washington with full powers to negotiate with 
the Government of the United States. It is composed of sis representa- 
tive men of the highest respectability. Hon. William C. Wilder is the 
president and chief manager of the Inter-island Steamship Company.

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