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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.				1215

States for that purpose, and that be ought to consider the rights of his family and not risk his life in opposing the 
inevitable.
This information was from one of the sources from which numerous prophecies of future action on the part of the 
United States had emanated, with almost invariable correctness.
(20) It was the almost well-nigh universal belief in the city that you were about to attempt to land the naval forces of 
the United States to enforce the execution of the President's policy.
In anticipation thereof for a number of days the wharves were lined with crowds of people, among them prominent 
Royalists, waiting to see the United States troops land to restore the Queen.
(21) On December 18, Mr. H. F. Glade, consul for Germany, called upon you and, in substance, asked if you could 
not speak out and relieve the public from the state of extreme tension they were in, which was becoming unbearable; 
to which you replied, in substance, that you were aware of the conditions and were making every effort to bring the 
matter to a speedy determination and would act within forty-eight hours.
(22) On December 16, it being reported that the Corwin was at an early date to return to San Francisco, the attorney-
general called upon you stating that there would be no regular mail for nearly three weeks and asked permission to 
forward Hawaiian Government dispatches by her, which permission you refused, stating that your instructions 
would not permit it.
(23) On December 18, Maj. Wodehouse, the British minister, and Mr. Fujii, the Japanese diplomatic representative, 
both asked permission to land troops from their respective warships for the purpose of protecting their respective 
legations, which permission was granted by this Government.
(24; In view of the existing conditions, Mr. Fujii, the diplomatic representative, sent word to a number of prominent 
American supporters of the Provisional Government offering the use of the Japanese legation as a refuge for their 
families in case of hostilities.
(25) On December 18 last, I addressed to you a communication containing the following words:
" I am informed that you are in communication with Liliuokalani, the ex-Queen, with a view of reestablishing the 
monarchy in the Hawaiian Islands, and of supporting her pretensions to the sovereignty. Will you inform me if this 
report is true, or if you are acting in any way hostile to this Government. * * * You will pardon me for pressing you 
for an immediate answer."
(26) On December 19 you called upon and made a verbal address to me furnishing me with a manuscript copy of 
your remarks from which I make the following extracts:
" The President regrets, as I do, that any secrecy should have surrounded the interchange of views between our two 
Governments. I may say this, however, that the secrecy thus far observed has been in the interest and for the safety 
of all your people. *  *  *
"Upon the facts embodied in Mr. Blount's reports the President has arrived at certain conclusions and determined 
upon a certain course of action with which it becomes my duty to acquaint you.
"The Provisional Government was not established by the Hawaiian people or with their consent or acquiescence, nor 
has it since existed with their consent. * * * (Other reasons are set forth for the conclusions reached.)
" In view of these conclusions I was instructed by the President to take advantage of an early opportunity to inform 
the Queen of this determination, and of his views as to the responsibility of our Government. * * * I was instructed 
at the same time to inform the Queen that, when reinstated, that the President expected that she would pursue a 
magnanimous course by granting full amnesty to all who participated, in the movement against her. * * *
"In obedience to the commands of the President, I have secured the Queen's agreement to this course. * * * It 
becomes my duty further to advise you, sir, the Executive of the Provisional Government and your ministers, of the 
President's determination of the question which your action and that of the Queen devolved upon him, and that you 
are expected to promptly relinquish to her her constitutional authority. And now Mr. President and gentlemen of the 
Provisional Government, with a deep and solemn sense of the gravity of the situation * * * in the name and by the 
authority of the United States of America I submit to you the question 'Are you willing to abide by the decision of 
the President.'"
(27) Upon the 23d of December, I replied to the foregoing communication in the negative.
Up to the time of sending you my communication of December 27, no further communication had be"n received by 
me from you and no assurance had been

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