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                             HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.	                     605
of individuals and the examination of public documents.   Most of these are hereto annexed.
The partisan feeling naturally attaching to witnesses made it necessary for me to take time for 
forming a correct judgment as to their character. All this had to be done without the counsel of 
any other person.
Mindful of my liability to error in some matters of detail, but believing in the general correctness 
of the information reported and conclusions reached, I can only await the judgment of others. I am, 
sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Special Commissioner of the United States.
No. 18. 
Mr. Blount to Mr. Gresham.
No. 14.]				July 19, 1893.
SIR: On the 28th ultimo I sent through Mr. Mills a communication to President Dole, a copy of 
which is inclosed herewith. . Mr. Mills reported that President Dole said he did not remember the 
letter to Mr. Stevens; that he would examine his papers and see if a reply to such communication 
could be found. He asked if such a paper was in the legation.
A copy of the letter in question was sent to you with my No. 11 of the 28th ultimo.
The omission of a reference to the admission of Mr. Stevens's recognition was done to avoid 
informing him of my knowledge of this fact.
A great effort has been continuously made to suppress such information. Absolute falsehoods 
have in some instances been resorted to by men of whom better conduct would have been expected.
Since Mr. Mills's conversation with President Dole I called on him in person and asked him if he 
would not give me a reply to my letter. He said he desired to talk with Mr. Damon, who had charge 
of some of their private papers, which he had locked up in his bank, before he answered me.
This was several days ago and I presume I shall hear nothing further from him on the subject.
Mr. W. O. Smith said to me on one occasion that he thought Mr. Stevens had given to President 
Dole the letter of recognition of the Provisional Government to be used on the happening of some 
event. He represented that the matter was in his mind vaguely. This was repeated on another 
occasion. It is quite possible that this reply may in some way bring out other facts, and for that 
reason it is not desired to furnish it.
There is a habit of mind amongst all people here, no matter how careful of their conduct in other 
respects, to exaggerate and mislead in political questions, and especially in relation to the present 
condition of affairs.
Some of the papers from the United States arriving here contain a letter of ex-Queen 
Liliuokalani to Mr. Stevens, dated January 17,

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