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               HAWAIIAN  ISLANDS.				1187

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, 
cither in plain text or in the cipher of the Navy Department, through the kind offices of the admiral commanding, 
which may be sent to Mr. W.A. Cooper, United States dispatch agent at San Francisco, to be transmitted.
Reposing the amplest confidence in your ability and zeal for the realization of the trust thus confided to you, 
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
W. Q. Gresham.

Mr. Gresham to Mr. Stevens.

Department of State, 
Washington, March 11, 1893.
Sir: With a view to obtaining the fullest possible information in regard to the condition of affairs in the Hawaiian 
Islands, the President has determined to send to Honolulu, as his Special Commissioner, the honorable James H. 
Blount, lately chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Blount bears credential letters in that capacity addressed to the president of the executive and advisory councils 
of the Provisional Government, and you are requested to facilitate his presentation.
In all matters pertaining to the existing or other Government of the Islands the authority of Mr. Blount is paramount. 
As regards the conduct of the usual business of the legation, you are requested to continue until further notice in the 
performance of your official functions, so far as they may not be inconsistent with the special powers confided to 
Mr. Blount. You are also requested to aid him in the fulfillment of his important mission by furnishing any desired 
assistance and information, and the archives of the legation should be freely accessible to him.
Mr. Blount is fully instructed touching his relations to the commanding officer of the United States naval force in 
Hawaiian waters. 
I am, etc.,
W. Q. Gresham.

Mr. Gresham to Mr. Severance.

Department of State,
Washington, March 11, 1893.
Sir : With a view to obtaining the fullest possible information in regard to the condition of affairs in the Hawaiian 
Islands, the President sends to Honolulu, as his special commissioner, the honorable James H. Blount, lately 
chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
You are requested to aid Mr. Blount in the fulfillment of his important mission by furnishing any desired assistance 
and information; and the archives of the consulate-general should be freely accessible to him.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
W. Q. Gresham.

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