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               1218	HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

In your last communication you expressly disclaim any intention of charging me or my Government " with intent to 
produce the results or conditions described in the communication of December 27." Your first letter contains a 
similar assurance, coupled with the statement that your "Government is reluctant to believe that this condition of 
affairs was contemplated or expected by yourself or by the President of the United States."
In view of the above, a reply to your last communication may not be necessary, nor would one be made except from 
the desire of my Government to have the good will and friendship of the people for whom you speak, which result 
will, in my opinion, be advanced by an explanation of several matters therein referred to.
I am the more encouraged to this course because of your assurance that upon becoming convinced that you are 
"under misapprehension concerning any such alleged facts the allegations concerning the same will be immediately 
withdrawn."
With the hope that I maybe able to convince you of such misapprehension, I will now briefly consider the 
"specifications" furnished by you which refer to my "attitude," "language" and "public communications" since 
arriving hero, and which in your judgment show that I " intended to use force."
Your last communication embraces many topics that are not only irrelevant to the above inquiry, but are not proper 
for me to discuss. Among these are (1) the withdrawal of the treaty of annexation; (2) the appointment of Mr. 
Blount; (4) his official conduct while here; (5) the class of witnesses whom he examined; (6) the publication in a 
"Honolulu newspaper," of his official instructions "without your previous knowledge," and (7) the publication of his 
reports to the State Department without an opportunity on the part of your Government to "reply thereto."
The above paragraphs, referring to matters occurring before my arrival, I do not feel at liberty to discuss further than 
to say that they were not at the time given the unfriendly construction now imputed to them, nor do they, except in a 
very remote degree, hear upon your statements as to my "purpose to use force. "
The following five paragraphs, embracing matters occurring in the United States, some of them now for the first 
time brought to my knowledge and with none of which had I any connection, have so slight a reference to my " 
attitude " showing an "intention to use force" that I will, with due respect to you, confine myself to a brief epitome 
of their contents.
Paragraph 3 recites a communication of the 19th of last June from Hon. L. A. Thurston, Hawaiian minister at 
Washington, to Secretary Gresham, to which no answer was received.
Paragraph 8 refers to the appointment of Admiral Irwin as successor to Admiral Skerrett.
Paragraph 9 is an extract from a letter of November 8, sent to the New York Herald by its Washington 
correspondent, giving his interpretation of the above change.
Paragraph 10 gives copious extracts from Secretary Gresham's letter published in the press of the United States on 
November 11, outlining the views of the State Department, which letter reached here on November 24.
Paragraph 11 contains extracts from a dispatch of Hon. L. A. Thurston to your Government which, as appears from 
your note of the 18th instant, was received here Friday, November 24, simultaneously with the letter of Mr. 
Gresham referred to in your paragraph 10.
This dispatch shows that three days after the publication of Mr. Gresham's letter Mr. Thurston called upon him and 
inquired as to its authenticity and as to the "intention of the United States Government to carry out the policy therein 
indicated by force."
After speaking to the President on the subject, Mr. Gresham replied as follows:
" I have already answered your first question to the effect that the letter published [Secretary Gresham to the 
President] was authentic and a correct statement of the policy of the United States. As to your second question, as to 
whether force is to be used by the United States to restore the Queen, all that I am at liberty to state is that Mr. Willis 
has no instructions to do anything which will cause injury to life or property of anyone at the islands. * * * You can 
draw your own inferences from my statement, and allay any apprehension which may have been caused by what has 
been published."
Waiving for the present, for reasons stated, any further consideration of the eleven foregoing paragraphs, I come 
now to number 12, which quotes certain expressions from an interview in a local paper of the 16th of last 
November. As this does involve my "attitude," I have this to say:
The subject-matter of that interview and the circumstances out of which it arose were known to you at the time.
In the forenoon of Wednesday, November 15, Hon. S. M. Damon, minister of finance, notified me in person that 
there were rumors of an attack that night, or the ensuing night, upon the Executive building. The Government did 
not credit

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