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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.					1211

on credit; the Government credit and ability to borrow is prejudiced; the expenses of the Government are largely 
increased by the necessity of maintaining a considerable armed force for the protection of public order, and the 
enemies of the Government are encouraged to conspire against law and order, all of which is highly prejudicial and 
injurious not only to the Hawaiians, but to the very large amount of American capital invested in Hawaii and the 
mutual trade now being conducted between the two countries.
" It is important for the Hawaiian Government to know the intention of the United States Government concerning 
annexation at as early a date as possible, as if annexation in not to take place the methods of treating local conditions 
in Hawaii must be radically different from those to be pursued if annexation is to take place.
" It is also important that whatever the intentions of the United States Government may be concerning the subject-
matter, the Hawaiian Government be informed what such intentions are before the same are made public, in order 
that it may consider the situation with full knowledge of all its aspects and decide upon such course of action as may 
be necessary to preserve order and protect the interests of the people of Hawaii.
"For the reasons above stated I respectfully request that a decision may be arrived at and communicated as speedily 
as is consistent with the interests of the United States."
No reply has ever been made to such communication.
(4) Upon the arrival of Mr. Blount in this country ho did not communicate nor in any matter intimate to the 
Hawaiian Government that his investigations were to be directed toward the right of existence of the Government to 
whom he was accredited. All of his investigations and examinations were private, and such persons only were 
examined as he chose to call.
(5) An examination of his report, since published, shows that there are statements made by approximately 60 
Royalists and 20 supporters of the Provisional Government.
That he has obtained no statements from the 4 members of the cabinet voted out three days before the revolutionary 
attempt of the Queen, although he has obtained exhaustive statements from their Royalist successors.
That he has examined only 2 of the 13 members of the committee of safety; one of the original 4 members of the 
executive council of the Provisional Government; 3 of the original 14 members of the advisory council; 2 of the 8 
speakers who addressed the mass meeting called by the committee of safety on the day prior to the establishment of 
the Provisional Government, and but 1 of the 8 field and staff officers, and none of the 17 line officers in command 
of the forces of the Provisional Government and none of the 5 commissioners sent to Washington, although all of 
such men omitted to be examined were eye witnesses and active participants in the overthrow of the monarchy and 
the establishment of the Provisional Government, and are men of character and standing in the community, while a 
number of those examined on the Royalist side are irresponsible characters.
(6) Upon the 15th day of May, 1893, Mr. Blount, without first communicating to this Government what his 
instructions were, or his intention so to do, published his official instructions in a Honolulu newspaper in the form of 
an address "To the people of the Hawaiian Islands," and concluded with the following words:
" While I shall refrain from interference between conflicting forces of whatever nationality for supremacy, I will 
protect American citizens not participating in such conflict. "
(7) Although Mr. Blount's report is official in character, vitally affects this Government, and is distinctly hostile to it 
in tone and conclusions, no request to this Government for explanation of the charges therein made was received nor 
opportunity to reply thereto or notice of its contents given prior to its publication. The first information concerning 
the contents of such report was obtained by this Government through published extracts in the American papers 
dated November 20, last, no official copy thereof being furnished the Hawaiian minister at Washington until 
November 25, and none received by this Government at Honolulu until December 22, last, such copies having been 
furnished only after several applications therefor at the State Department.
(8) On November 7 you, having arrived in Honolulu, presented your credentials to this Government as American 
minister, with the usual declarations of friendship and regard and were duly received and acknowledged. 
Simultaneously therewith, Admiral Skerrett was suddenly and unexpectedly removed and Rear-Admiral Irwin 
appointed to the command of the American naval forces in Honolulu. Such change was almost universally 
interpreted by the press of the United States as having a bearing upon the contemplated execution of the announced 
policy of the President concerning Hawaii. The extract hereinafter contained from the New York Herald is a sample 
of the interpretation placed thereon by the press of your own country favorable to such policy.

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