From a Travelling Englishman.
From the time I arrived in Honolulu until today, I’ve heard often of matters pertaining to those referred to as the circle of missionaries, and the dimness of their ideas; I’ve observed their actions very carefully.
I saw today in the Advertiser [Avalataisa] about the party being given for Captain Wiltse, and how they will sit at this party for two hours and a half with just wine to drink and nothing to eat.
Giving a banquet for a high ranking Captain without serving Glasses of Champaigne [Kamapeni] during all that time is like acting out Hamlet without the ghost.
This will not become something that is greatly ridiculed, but this goes back to the way of life of the old Missionaries, with their humbling station of evil thoughts.
On the day after this party, I saw that Queen Liliuokalani was sent an invitation under the name Mrs. J. O. Dominis, and this is something quite vile by the Committee who did it; Should the Committee think that are considered adults, then it was improper of them to have sent such an invitation to the Queen.
The first thing taught to schoolchildren in Britain is not to kick a man when he falls down. But this is a woman they are kicking, and that woman is Queen Liliuokalani. This is action that can be called despicable of the meanest form, and should this Committee want to be freed of these words, then they must explain it from their side, or this contemptible act will be carried upon their backs.
Charles G. Nottage.
Hawaiian Hotel [Hotele Hawaii], Feb. 28, 1893.
[Perhaps this was meant to say that there was no wine, and only sparkling water? The article he seems to be talking about is found here on the Chronicling America site. PCA 2/28/1893, p. 2.
There is also reference to a separate party that he was invited to. The Queen is mentioned as “Mrs. J. O. Dominis”. This can be found also at Chronicling America, PCA 2/25/1893, p. 4.]
(Leo o ka Lahui, 3/3/1893, p. 3)