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HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.	421 
Mr. Stevens to Mr. Gresham.
No. 96.]	UNITED STATES LEGATION,
Honolulu, May 18, 1893.
SIR: Agreeably to your instructions I have turned over the archives 
and other property of the legation to Hon. James G. Blount, my suc- 
cessor as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the 
United States. Herewith is inclosed his receipt for the same. A dupli- 
cate copy I leave at the legation. I leave here with my family and 
the remains of my deceased daughter May 24. Had it been possible 
to have secured proper steamer accommodations we would have left 
Honolulu ten days earlier, though that would have been several days 
prior to your dispatch directing me to place the legation in charge of 
Mr. Blount.
I am, sir, etc.,
JOHN L. STEVENS.
Mr. Blount to Mr. Gresham.
No. 1.]	LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, May 24, 1893.
SIR: I received by the Australia arriving here on the 17th instant 
two telegrams from you, dated on the 9th instant, forwarded through 
W. A. Cooper, United States Dispatch agent at San Francisco.
I regret very much that it was found necessary to appoint me as 
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Hawaiian 
Islands.
On the afternoon of the former date I took the oath of office - which 
I inclose herewith - and have taken charge of the records and property 
of the legation.
I have done so because I supposed from the circumstance that I was 
appointed against a declaration on my part to you in Washington that 
I could not accept it, that some important reason, not contained in the 
telegram, made it desirable to the President and yourself that Mr.  
Stevens' connection with the legation should be promptly severed.
I inclose herewith my resignation of the office, with the request that 
it be accepted, and my successor appointed as soon as practicable. 
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
JAMES H. BLOUNT.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 1.]
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, May 24, 1893.
SIR: I herewith tender my resignation of the office of Envoy Extraordinary and 
Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Hawaiian Islands, to take effect 
on your acceptance thereof.
With profound admiration for you officially and personally, 
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES H. BLOUNT,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. 
His Excellency GROVER CLEVELAND,
President of the United States of America.

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