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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS. 	1027
thoroughly believed she was doing her duty in the matter as a Queen toward her people, her race, and her country, 
arid that she was right in thus acting toward her people, who had come to her as a last resort, having failed to get 
their desires after trying every other means. I knew that she had received petitions from all sections of the group 
with over 10,000 signatures, praying her to help her people with their desires for a new Constitution.
The liberal party, which was elected on a platform in which the main plank was the calling of a constitutional 
convention, were at this time under the perfect control of the missionary wing of the reform party, under Thurston's 
leadership, had gone back on their pledges and refused to grant a constitutional convention for the purpose of 
preparing a new constitution satisfactory alike to Hawaiians and foreigners in a proper and amicable manner, and 
afterwards placing it before the people for its ratification and promulgation, although the petitions in favor of it had 
over 4,000 signatures of voters. To meet such treatment by the Legislature after these thousands had signified their 
desire for it, was hard for her people. The people appealed to her for redress, and she, in her sympathy for her 
people, although in the beginning of her reign was taunted as being too much in favor of and under the advice and 
influence of the foreigner, and against her own people and race, determined to show them that a Hawaiian monarch's 
chief care was to redress the wrongs of the Hawaiian people whenever they were in the right, and especially as she 
was advised that it simply needed the royal mandate to relieve the oppression. To find me, whom she considered  
would acquiesce to her every behest, opposing her, was a severe strain for a monarch, especially as she knew that 1 
myself was in sympathy with, the general idea of amending the constitution by having a new one. To be met with 
opposition when one expects acquiescence and obedience, is a severe strain to anyone, but more especially to a 
monarch, who is also a lady, accustomed, therefore, to have her slightest wishes regarded as law.
As nothing further was said until the 13th, I considered that the matter had dropped, but on that day, in talking 
over the matter of the new cabinet, which was to be appointed in presence of Her Majesty, the matter was brought 
up again; I again urged the objections which. I felt to the step, and, as I thought, successfully.
On the 14th of January, while at the palace waiting with the other invited guests, after the ministers had retired 
for consultation, owing to the prolonged wait, Governor A. S. Cleghorn urged me to go into the blue room and 
see Her Majesty, and find out what was the cause of the delay. I saw Her Majesty and Minister S. Parker, and, 
after hearing the state of affairs, I said: "I'll make this proposition, as you have here only a native copy of the 
constitution; have you an English version?" She replied: "Yes." "Then send for it," I said, "and send for the rest of 
the Cabinet and let them look it over, and if they find there is nothing radically wrong in it, you then sign it and 
we will stand by its results; but if it is not right, you follow the advice of your ministers." To this proposition both 
Her Majesty and Mr. Parker agreed, and Mr. Parker sent for the other ministers, who returned to the palace. The 
English version of the constitution was sent for and brought in by a messenger.
The proposition was laid before the cabinet by myself, which they accepted and began to inspect the proposed 
constitution. Just then I received a message that I was wanted outside. I went out, when a note was handed to me 
stating that I was required immediately at the

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