Speeches of His Majesty Kamehameha IV: to the Hawaiian Legislature ... (Google eBook)

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Printed at the Government Press, 1861 - Travel - 43 pages
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Page 3 - Whereas it has come to my knowledge from the highest official sources that my Government has been recently threatened with overthrow by lawless violence, and whereas the representatives at my court of the United States, Great Britain, and France, being cognizant of these threats, have offered me the prompt assistance of the naval forces of their respective countries, I hereby proclaim my acceptance of the aid thus proffered in support of my sovereignty. My independence is more firmly established...
Page 15 - it becomes a question of some moment whether a class of persons more like the Hawaiian race could not be induced to settle on our shores. It does not seem improbable that a portion of the inhabitants of other Polynesian groups might be disposed to come here, were suitable efforts made to lead them to such a step. In a few days they would speak our language with ease; they would be acclimated almost before they left the ships that conveyed them hither; and they might bring with them their wives...
Page 21 - Where among us shall we find the numberless drawbacks which in less favoured countries the working classes have to contend with ? They have no place in our beautiful group, which rests on the swelling bosom of the Pacific like a water-lily. With a tranquil heaven above our heads, and a sun that keeps his jealous eye upon us every day, whilst his rays are so tempered that they never wither prematurely what they have warmed into life, we /ought to be agriculturists in heart as well as practice.
Page 15 - It is a subject in comparison with which all others sink into insignificance, for our first and great duty is that of self-preservation. Our acts are in vain unless you can stay the wasting hand that is destroying my people. I feel a heavy and special responsibility resting upon me in this matter, but it is one in which you all must share; nor shall we be acquitted by man or our Maker of a neglect of duty if we fail to act speedily and effectually in the cause of my people.
Page 14 - It is of the highest importance, in my opinion, that education in the English language should become more general, for it is my firm conviction that unless my subjects become educated in this tongue, their hope of intellectual progress, and of meeting the foreigners on terms of equality, is a vain one.
Page 4 - Sovereign, be declared to have forfeited His or Her right to the Throne, and after such Proclamation, the Right of Succession shall vest in the next Heir as though such offender were dead. ARTICLE 24.
Page 6 - But if he comes here with no more exalted motive than that of building up his own interests at the expense of the native ; to seek our confidence only to betray it, with no higher ambition than that of overthrowing our Government, and introducing anarchy, confusion, and bloodshed, — then is he most unwelcome.
Page 5 - ... to their lands, and removed the last chain of oppression. He gave them a voice in his councils, and in the making of the laws by which they are governed. He was a great national benefactor, and has left the impress of his mild and amiable disposition on the age for which he was born. To-day we begin a new era. Let it be one of increased civilization — one of decided progress, industry, temperance, morality, and all those virtues which mark a nation's progress. The importance of unity is what...
Page 5 - He gave us a constitution, and fixed laws; he secured the people in the title to their lauds, and removed the last chain of oppression. He gave them a voice in his councils, and in the making of the laws by which they are governed. He was a great national benefactor, and has left the impress of his mild and amiable disposition on the age for which he was born.
Page 23 - In connection with this subject, I would call your attention to the ordinance now pending before your Honorable Body, proposing different methods of providing funds to meet the cost of sewers.

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