University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

Home: The Annexation Of Hawaii: A Collection Of Document



hawnpac@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-8264

Blount Report: Affairs in Hawaii

[ Previous Page ] -- [ View PDF ] -- [ View in MS Word ] -- [ Next Page ]

                             568	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
While the United States claim no right to interfere in the political 01 domestic affairs or in the internal conflicts 
of the Hawaiian Islands otherwise than as herein stated, or for the purpose of maintaining any treaty or other rights 
which they possess, this Government will adhere to its consistent and established policy in relation to them, and it 
will not acquiesce in domestic interference by other powers.
The foregoing general exposition of the President's views will indicate the safe courses within which your action 
should be shaped and mark the limits of your discretion in calling upon the naval commander for cooperation.
The United States revenue cutter Rush is under orders to await you at San Francisco and convey you to Honolulu.
A stenographic clerk will be detailed to accompany you and remain subject to your orders.
It is expected that you will use all convenient dispatch for the fulfillment of your mission, as it is the President's 
desire to have the results before him at the earliest possible day. besides the connected report you are expected to 
furnish, you will from time to time, as occasion may offer, correspond with the Secretary of State, communicating 
information or soliciting special instruction on such points as you may deem necessary. In case of urgency you may 
telegraph either in plain text or in the cipher of the Navy Department through the kind offices of the admiral com-
manding, which may be sent to Mr. W, A. Cooper, United States dispatch agent at San Francisco, to be transmitted 
thence.
Reposing the amplest confidence in your ability and zeal for the realization of the trust confided to you,
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
W. Q. GRESHAM.
Hon. JAMES H. BLOUNT, etc.
On the 29th of the same month I reached the city of Honolulu. The American minister, Hon. John L. Stevens, 
accompanied by a committee from the Annexation Club, came on board the vessel which had brought me. He informed 
me that this club had rented an elegant house, well furnished, and provided servants and a carriage and horses for my use; 
that I could pay for this accommodation just what I chose, from nothing up. He urged me very earnestly to accept the 
offer. I declined it, and informed him that I should go to a hotel.
The committee soon after this renewed the offer, which I again declined.
Soon afterwards the ex-Queen, through her chamberlain, tendered her carriage to convey me to my hotel. This I 
courteously declined.
I located myself at the Hawaiian Hotel. For several days I was engaged receiving calls from persons of all classes and of 
various political views. I soon became conscious of the fact that all minds were quietly and anxiously looking to see what 
action the Government of the United States would take.
The troops from the Boston were doing military duty for the Provisional Government. The American flag was floating 
over the government building. Within it the Provisional Government conducted its business under an American 
protectorate, to be continued, according to the avowed purpose of the American minister, during negotiations with the 
United States for annexation.
My instructions directed me to make inquiries which in the interest of candor and truth could not be done when the 
minds of thousands of Hawaiian citizens were full of uncertainty as to what the presence of American troops, the American 
flag, and the American protectorate implied. It seemed necessary that all these influences must be withdrawn before those 
inquiries could be prosecuted in a manner befitting the dignity and power of the United States.
Inspired with such feelings and confident no disorder would ensue,
I directed the removal of the flag of the United States from the government building and the return of the American 
troops to their vessels.

Return to Top

Terms of Use  |  UH Mānoa  |  UH System  |  Ask Us
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library  |  2550 McCarthy Mall  |  Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
808-956-7214 (Reference)  |  808-956-7203 (Circulation)  |  808-956-7205 (Administration)
808-956-5968 (fax)  |  library@hawaii.edu