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              994	HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.
that if resistance was shown the United States forces would support the rebels.
I am satisfied that by this time you have formed a correct opinion of all facts, and perhaps you will find this 
long- memorial rather tedious.
I will now try to conclude and spare your patience. It will be presumptuous for anyone. Provisional 
Government, royalists, native, and so forth, to try to advise, the United States about ourselves.
The question, therefore, simplifies itself. If President Cleveland and yourself have made up your minds about 
the necessity of annexing the islands, very well; we have nothing more to say, and no one better than yourself, Mr. 
Blount, can bring it about.
You must be well aware by this time that the Provisional Government is not a popular government. If you wish 
to go to the trouble, procure the roll of the annexation club and the very complete registry of voters made only a 
couple of years ago. A short comparison will show you the comparative number of voters on the annexation roll. 
After that, take into consideration that every business firm connected with the movement has compelled their 
employes under threat of dismissal to sign the roll and you can form a pretty correct opinion of how the 
Provisional Government stands.
Therefore, satisfied that the Provisional Government is only a revolutionary government put in power by the 
United States forces and without any support from the majority of the population, the United States can refuse to 
treat the question of annexation with the Provisional Government.
Let the United States Government put things back where Mr. Stevens found them on January 17; restore the 
queen; let her call her Legislature together and state to them, by special message, that in presence of the necessity 
in which the United States are placed to secure the possession of the Hawaiian Islands, she herself is prepared to 
abdicate in favor of Grover Cleveland. President of the United States, and expects the representatives of the 
people to make no opposition to the measure, and at once ratify a treaty of cession as agreed upon between 
yourself and herself.
Being done in that manner you will find little opposition, and all of us will assist in bringing the matter to a sate 
and peaceable solution.
If, on the other hand, the United States only wish to secure supremacy and absolute control of the islands 
without annexation, the same course can be safely followed.
Restore the Queen and make with her, in accord with the Legislature, a cast iron treaty to suit yourselves.
Take for instance the treaty between France and Tunis or England and Egypt; they are not exactly a 
protectorate, as the flags of the two countries do not fly either in Tunis or Egypt, but in both countries the native 
rulers and legislatures are under the complete and absolute control of the European powers, and from my reading 
both systems work well, notwithstanding the jealously of France in Egypt and of Italy in Tunis.
Here, where no other power means to interfere, I think such a system would answer. However, you are the best 
judges. But whatever you wish you can get with the almost unanimous consent of this small nation, when, on the 
contrary, if you treat with the Provisional Government the large majority will feel that a great wrong has been 
committed towards a people who have always been friendly to the United States, are so now, and only wish, to be 
allowed to attend to their affairs themselves.

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