Sanford Ballard Dole and His Hawaii: With an Analysis of Justice Dole's Legal Opinions

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Chapter XIII
MR. DOLE TO MR. WILLIS

PRESIDENT CLEVELAND'S words spoke truth in more senses than he realized when he characterized President Dole's reply of December 23rd to Mr. Willis as an extraordinary document. By many it has been adjudged a state paper of such dignity and importance that from the covers of the United States Senate Reports it has been transferred in full to form this chapter.

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Honolulu, December 23, 1893

SIR: Your excellency's communication of December 19, announcing the conclusion which the President of the United States of America has finally arrived at respecting the application of this Government for a treaty of political union with that country, and referring also to the domestic affairs of these islands, has had the consideration of the Government.

While it is with deep disappointment that we learn that the important proposition which we have submitted to the Government of the United States, and which was at first favorably considered by it, has at length been rejected, we have experienced a sense of relief that we are now favored with the first official information upon the subject that has been received through a period of over nine months.

While we accept the decision of the President of the United States declining further to consider the annexation proposition, as the final conclusion of the present administration, we do not feel inclined to regard it as the last word of the American Government upon this subject, for the history of the mutual relations of the two countries, of American effort and influence in building

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