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                             HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.	627
separate dispatch of the 22d September (which you saw), to be either off or on with the treaty ?
How otherwise can we understand the following :
"I am authorized to insist upon the conclusion of such negotiations according to diplomatic usage. The alternative seems to 
me plain and imperative. This result must be consummated or I shall feel myself obliged to withdraw from any further 
negotiations, and to declare those which have already taken place at an end."
And still more objectionable is the following, because it seems to imply a threat and license for the filibusters to 
overthrow us: " The strong arm of the United States has been solicited for your protection. It has been kindly extended and 
held out, until at length self-respect must soon dictate its withdrawal." What think you of that? I must confess that I regret 
that the King has sent me the order (which, however, with the consent of my colleagues, I will respectfully obey) before we 
had all in presence of the King, Liholiho, and yourself, considered whether "self-respect" after undisguised intimidation 
attempted, does not require us to do something very different to what they would drive us to by intimidation.
We never in this world will have such an opportunity to take dignified ground. We can take it now with absolute safety to 
the King and national sovereignty. But good has arisen out of intended evil. Are we to miss the opportunity or turn it to the 
King's advantage? I have no time to write to Liholiho, but you will inform him of everything. Let me know as soon as 
possible what you think. Mr. Young and I unite in begging you not to attempt so much labor in one day. Calculate carefully 
your strength, and measure your work accordingly. Yours, truly,
R. C. WYLLIE.
P. S.-Yesterday Consul-General Miller and Perrin promised to send instantly, when required, all the disposable force of 
the Trincomalee and Artemise, and today Mr. Gregg handed to me a note from Capt. Dornin, promising to land 200 men, 
fully armed.
Wyllie to Lee, November 26, 1854.
The effect of the application authorized by the cabinet and by the King for assistance, when the danger threatened, has been to 
elicit from the commissioners of '    France and the United States and the consul-general of Great Britain such assurances as to 
amount virtually to a tripartite military protectorate of the King, if His Majesty should be pleased so to understand the official 
offers severally made.
Would it not be well for the King to take that ground, to proclaim the fact, to make the treaty public (which Mr. Gregg, it 
appears, has already submitted, to the cognizance of the United States officers here, of American residents here, and even of 
filibusters from California), and to advise as to his present and future policy with the Governments of the three great naval 
powers of the world? If we take this ground we sacrifice no right of the King, we do not necessarily lose the treaty, we free 
ourselves effectually from all violence and threatenings of violence, and we obtain another and, I think, a very good chance 
of preserving the King and the native dynasty in the enjoyment of their natural rights as the sovereign rulers of this land.
After the threats made and the ridicule thrown upon our means of resistance, we have agreed to make something of a 
military demonstration on the anniversary of the 28th.
There is not one of us who doubts our present perfect safety, and the promises officially made to us. We now stand on 
strong ground; we can breathe freely; we can efficient .y put down all filibusters, rebels, and traitors. Are we to show 
ourselves equal to the emergency or not? This is for you and the privy council to consider, and for us all to consider. * * *
If the negotiation is to go on with Mr. Gregg one thing I must insist upon, which is, that pending the negotiation he, as 
Commissioner of the United States, must bind himself to keep American citizens quiet. No treaty can be made under duress. 
If made so it is not valid.
R. C. WYLLIE.
Letter from Mr. Gregg of September 12.
[Memoranda.]
Complaining of procrastination in regard to the treaty which he said was completed August 19 satisfactorily.
Remonstrates again November 1 as above.

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