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              1210					HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.

the causes of the same, and to obtain from you such information and assurances as would tend to allay the prevailing 
excitement and apprehension.
Concerning your statement above referred to, that my communication of December 27 contains statements which 
you are fully prepared to show are not warranted by the facts, I would say that it would give me great pleasure to 
become convinced that the alleged conditions and facts referred to by me did not in truth exist. The matters 
hereinafter stated constitute in part the basis for my belief in the existence of the conditions referred to and the 
causes producing the same; but I shall be glad to receive from you any evidence tending to remove from my mind 
the belief that they or any of them did exist, and assuring you that upon becoming convinced that I am under 
misapprehension concerning any of such alleged facts, the allegations concerning the same will be immediately 
withdrawn.
Concerning your statement that my letter of December 29 contains "no withdrawal or mortifications of the 
statements complained of," yon will pardon me if I say that I was not aware that any complaint had been made 
concerning any statement made by me, your reply having been primarily directed to eliciting more specific 
information concerning certain points.
Referring to the suggestion contained in your note of the 29th and your interview with Mr. Damon, that I withdraw 
my communication of December 27, I would say that to do so would have been in the nature of an admission that 
the statements therein contained were incorrect, which, unfortunately, in the absence of the information which you 
say you are prepared to present and with certain other evidence before me, it was impossible for me to do so.
Allow me to assure you that it is with deep gratification that I received your assurance that your communication to 
me of the 29th December was prompted by no improper motive or unfriendly spirit, but was intended to continue the 
amicable relations heretofore existing, and to further assure you that this and all other communications from this 
Government are written in the same spirit, and. I trust that no statement presenting the claims and views of this 
Government concerning any matter of law or fact may by reason of its directness and distinctness be construed as 
otherwise than of a similar character.
In compliance with your request for certain specifications concerning my letter of December 27, I reply thereto as 
follows:
First. You inquire as to the meaning of the word "attitude" as used in my letter.
I reply that the word was used by me in its ordinarily accepted sense, meaning the bearing, the posture as indicating 
purpose, of those referred to.
You further say: "Will you point out where and when and how the representatives of the United States assumed any 
attitude toward the supporters of the Provisional Government, or that Government itself, other than one essentially 
and designedly expressive of peace?"
In reply I would say that the attitude of a person is to be ascertained only by inferences drawn from the known 
words and acts of such person, and the conditions and circumstances under which they take place.
Some of the words and actions of the United States and its representatives in this connection and the conditions and 
circumstances attendant thereupon, from which its intentions and attitude toward the Provisional Government must 
be inferred, are as follows:
(1) A treaty of annexation had been negotiated between the Provisional Government and the United States 
Government and presented to the Senate for ratification. This treaty was withdrawn by President Cleveland 
immediately upon his entering office without prior notice to this Government or its representatives of his intention 
so to do, or of his reasons for such action.
(2) Immediately thereafter the President appointed Hon. James H. Blount a special commissioner to Hawaii to 
investigate the condition of affairs at Hawaii.
The knowledge of such appointment was withheld from the representatives of this Government at Washington. The 
press having announced the appointment, the Hawaiian representatives applied to the State Department for 
information concerning the same. The Secretary of State refused to state the objects of the mission or even to admit 
that a commissioner had been appointed.
(3) On the 19th day of June, 1893, Mr. Thurston, Hawaiian minister at Washington, addressed a communication to 
Mr. Gresham, Secretary of State, in which the following language is used, viz:
"I am directed by my Government to represent to you that, while the Hawaiian Government has full confidence in 
the good faith of the United States towards Hawaii in and concerning its treatment of the relations between the two 
countries, it seems proper that it should be informed as to the effect the present uncertainty as to the ultimate course 
to be pursued has upon the situation in Hawaii.
"The long-continued delay and uncertainty keeps the entire community in a feverish state of mind, by reason of 
which business is seriously affected; capital is rendered timid, thereby hampering all enterprises which are 
conducting their business

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