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               HAWAIIAN   ISLANDS.					1217

You finally ask my "careful consideration" of the following statement contained in my letter:
"Your action has unfortunately aroused the passions of all parties and made it probable that disturbances may be 
created at any moment," and say that you "refuse to believe that upon reexamination you (I) will feel at liberty to 
affix your (my) official signature to such an extraordinary declaration."
In reply I beg to state that I have resided in this country for nearly fifty years and had intimate personal knowledge 
of the conditions prevailing during the riot of 1874 and the revolutions of 1887, 1889, and 1893, and with all 
deliberation I state, of my own knowledge that during such period there has never been a time when this country has 
been subjected to such strain and excitement as during the eight days following the arrival of the Corwin. The 
business of the entire community was practically suspended and its time and energy devoted to an excited and 
absorbing-consideration of the political situation and to military preparations to meet unknown contingencies ; 
which state of things has since been fortunately allayed by advices from America furnishing, in reports of the 
President's special Hawaiian message to Congress and his instructions to your excellency, information which made a 
satisfactory and favorable response to the inquiry of my letter to you of December 27.
I also state with equal deliberation that such condition was produced and maintained by reason of your actions and 
declarations and the actions and declarations of your Government and the circumstances and uncertainties attendant 
thereupon, as detailed in my letter of December 27, and herein.
I make this statement in no spirit of unfriendliness to yon or your Government but as an historical fact which, if not 
already known to you, should, in the interests of both countries, be made known to you.
In conclusion, I beg to refer to the statement in your communication of January 1, wherein you state that it is a 
source of " sincere and profound regret" that my letter "brings, for the first time, the official information that the 
war-like preparations described, by you were caused by and intended for the diplomatic and military representatives 
of the United States."
In reply, I would say that such regret on your part at receiving such information can not exceed the sincerity and 
profoundness of my own regret that such a condition should exist.
Such regret on my part is only equaled by inability to understand how it has come about that a Government and a 
community which is to-day more closely connected with the United States by ties of commerce, friendship, and 
blood, than any other lying beyond its borders, which values your friendship above that of all other nations, which 
fully admits and appreciates the many and deep obligations which it is under to your Government and people, which 
has done you and your country no wrong, has been forced into a position where, in defense of their very right to 
exist, they have been obliged to take up arms to meet the possible hostility of that country whoso flag they revere 
and whose principles of liberty they love.
I can not but believe that it has arisen through a misunderstanding of facts on the part of your Government and a 
mutual misapprehension of motives and intentions which may, I sincerely hope, at an early day, be cleared away.
Allow me, in closing, to thank you, Mr. Minister, for your frequent expressions of personal regard, and for the 
evident sincerity of purpose displayed by you under recent trying circumstances, and to assure you of my deep 
appreciation thereof.
I have the honor to assure you, that, with highest consideration, 
I am, your excellency's obedient servant,
Sanford B. Dole, 
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
His excellency, Albert S. Willis, 
U. S. Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary.

Legation of the United States, 
Honolulu-, Hawaiian Islands, ---- -, 1894.
Sir : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 11th instant, which was in reply to 
mine of the 1st.
The only question of practical importance arising out of the present correspondence was whether the United States 
war vessels were at the time your letter was written objectionable to your Government. Certain language which 
seemed to convey that idea was, in a subsequent note of January 18, withdrawn, thus, as I am pleased to know, 
leaving their peaceful and friendly purpose without question.
In addition to the above there were statements which were, as I thought, unjust, in that the sole responsibility for the 
recent disturbed condition of this community was attributed to me, the diplomatic agent of the United States.

F R 94-APP II--77

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