James Campbell, 1893.


Mr. Campbell Wants It Hauled Down.

On Saturday the Executive Committee of the Annexation Club swung the American flag across Merchant street, from the Campbell block to McInerny’s building. News of the proposed raising of the flag reached the ears of the proprietor of the structure first mentioned, and the following letter, which he sent to the committee, would seem to indicate that he did not quite like the contemplated ornament to Merchant street:

Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands,
March 25th, 1893.

To the Executive Committee, Annexation Club.
Sirs: I hereby protest against and forbid you using the sides of any part of the top of my buildings for the purpose of sticking streamers or flags across Fort or Merchant streets.
You are entitled to, and I am perfectly willing to accord you, quiet possession of room No. 6, rented to you, but I most distinctly deny to you any privileges outside of the occupancy of said room.
If my actions do not meet with your approval, and you so desire, you can vacate said room No. 6 and I will remit you rent in proportion.

Yours, etc.,
James Campbell.
J. H.

Room 6 which is now the headquarters of the Annexation Club, is the old Chamber of Commerce room and does not open upon Merchant street. The committee therefore applied to the American Consul for permission to use one of his windows for their lines. The permission was of course at once accorded, and this circumstance also being brought to Mr. Campbell’s notice, he sent the Consul a letter of like purport to the above, but omitting all reference to leaving the building.

The committee hung out the glorious old flag, in blissful ignorance of Mr. Campbell’s epistolary propensities. In consequence, they brought upon themselves another missive. Here it is:

Honolulu, H. I., Mar. 27, 1893.

Executive Committee of the Annexation Club;

Sirs: You are hereby notified to quit possession of Room 6 adjoining American Consulate, Campbell block, Merchant street, on expiration of your present month, ending April 24, 1893. Yours, etc.

James Campbell.

And there the matter stands.

The American Consul was interviewed by an Advertiser representative on the subject. “I took the letter back to Mr. Campbell,” said the Consul, “and told him I didn’t want communications of that kind. I had nothing to do with it. I asked him what flag he wanted hung out, the Irish flag? No, he said, he wanted a protectorate.”

In the meanwhile the flag still floats over Merchant street, a sight good for sore eyes.

(Hawaiian Gazette, 4/4/1893, p. 11)


Hawaiian Gazette, Volume XXVIII, Number 14, Page 11. April 4, 1893.

1 thought on “James Campbell, 1893.

  1. This is a terrifically illuminating posting, as are the related postings about the missionary descendants and Armstrong. Mahalo once again for your generous contributions to a real Hawaiian history.

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