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Mr. Stevens to Mr. Foster,
Honolulu, March 1, 1893.
All quiet throughout archipelago. Protectorate is preventing pres- 
sure of the British minister. The Japanese representatives telegraphed 
Government January 19. Japanese ship Naniwa arrived February 23. 
Kongo arrived January 28. It is believed that the Japanese represent- 
ative who arrived November 28 is urged by the British minister. It is 
believed that the British ship Warspite has been ordered here to pro- 
vide for contingencies. It is advisable to send here at once the most 
powerful American ship available. 1 have sent particulars by mail.
Mr. Stevens to Mr. Foster.
Honolulu, March 1, 1893,
SIR: My telegram preceding this dispatch informed the Department 
of State that quiet and general regularity in political and business 
affairs prevailed throughout the islands.
Our qualified protectorate appears to work favorably. It not only 
tends to increase American and annexation sentiments, but it also 
operates to prevent foreign complications. It makes it very difficult 
for the English Minister here - very hostile to American predominance 
from interfering.
Re is very desirous of bringing about a state of things to afford a 
pretext for landing English marines and sailors, and to bring about a 
tripartite management of Hawaiian affairs. Hence his efforts to secure 
the Japanese commissioner to his design. With the former Japanese 
commissioner, a gentleman of education and intelligence and very fair- 
minded, I had most cordial relations.
The present commissioner, here only a few weeks, is a different man, 
He had been in the consular service in San Francisco and New York 
and evidently has a certain degree of anti-American prejudice.
When he telegraphed Tokio for the great iron clad which arrived 
here February 23, the Provisional Government had not got fairly to 
work, and our "qualified protectorate" had not been established,
Not fully understanding the situation he acted hastily. So far the 
commanders of the two Japanese vessels have followed the example 
of the English commanders in not calling on the Provisional Govern- 
ment, though both the English minister and the Japanese commis- 
sioner had acknowledged it as the Hawaiian Government de facto. 
The French commissioner and the Portuguese charge are on most 
friendly terms with the Provisional Government, as are nearly all the 
foreign consuls.
I still hope to separate the Japanese commissioner from the English 
minister. He has already avowed himself quite well satisfied with 
the course of the Provisional Government, and acknowledges the 
unsupportable state of things the last weeks of the Hawaiian mon- 

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