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[Inclosure No. 3.] 
Remarks of Mr. Willis to Mr. Dole.
Mr. PRESIDENT: Mr. Blount, the late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipo- 
tentiary of the United States to your Government, having resigned his office while 
absent from his post, I have the honor now to present his letter of recall and to 
express for, him his sincere regret that he is unable in person to make known his 
continued good wishes in behalf of your people and his grateful appreciation of the 
many courtesies of which, while here, he was the honored recipient.
I desire at the same time to plate in your hands the letter accrediting me as his 
successor. In doing this I am directed by the President to give renewed assurances 
of the friendship, interest, and hearty good will which our Government entertains 
for you and for the people of this island realm.
Aside from our geographical proximity and the consequent preponderating com- 
mercial interests which centre here, the present advanced civilization and Christian- 
ization of your people, together with your enlightened codes of law, stand today 
beneficial monuments of American zeal, courage, and intelligence.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the United States were the first to recognize 
the independence of the Hawaiian Islands and to welcome them into the great 
family of free.
Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.
HONOLULU, November 6, 1893.
Two hundred sixty rifles and ammunition arrived by steamer Sat- 
urday. Rumor that Provisional Government will declare for a Republic, 
with constitution already prepared. 
Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.
Honolulu, November 11, 1893. 
Report can be sent to Congress on 10th November.
Mr. Willis to Mr. Gresham.
Honolulu, November 11, 1893.
SIR: On the 7th instant, at 11 o'clock, I presented to the Provisional 
Government Mr. Blount's letter of recall and the letter accrediting me 
as his successor. I inclose an extract from the Commercial Advertiser 
giving an account of the proceedings. The time since then has been 
occupied with the reception of executive, judicial, and diplomatic rep- 
resentatives of the Provisional and foreign Governments. I have not, 
therefore, had an opportunity of executing more fully your instructions, 
nor was fuller action advisable while the excitement was so great. I 
expect on next Monday morning to have an interview with the Queen 
which, if satisfactory, will be followed immediately by one with the 
Provisional Government. I have, therefore, inclosed a telegram to

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