Neutrality announced in Washington D. C., 1854.


It cannot be doubted that the European Powers now so unhappily engaged in strife will be much relieved by the following kind and considerate proclamation of the King of the Sandwich Islands announcing that his government intends to observe a strict neutrality in regard to the war. The Czar will now breathe freer, and France and England may dismiss all disquietude:


Kamehameha III King of the Hawaiian Islands.

Be it known to all whom it may concern, that we, Kamehameha III, King of the Hawaiian Islands, hereby proclaim our entire neutrality in the war now pending between the great maritime powers of Europe; that our neutrality is to be respected by all belligerents to the full extent of our jurisdiction, which by our fundamental laws is to the distance of one marine league, surrounding each of our islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Mologai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau, commencing at low-water mark on each of the respective coasts of said islands, and includes all channels passing between and dividing said islands, from island to island; that all captures and seizures made within our said jurisdiction are unlawful; and that the protection and hospitality of our ports, harbors and roads, shall be equally extended to all the belligerents, so long as they respect our neutrality.

And be it further known, to all whom it may concern, that we hereby strictly prohibit all our subjects, and all who reside within our jurisdiction, from engaging either directly or indirectly, in privateering, against the shipping or commerce of any of the belligerents, under the penalty of being treated and punished as pirates.

Done at our Palace of Honolulu, this 16th day of May, 1854.


Keoni Ana. By the King and Kuhina Nui:

R. C. Wyllie.

(Washington Sentinel, 7/15/1854, p. 3)


Washington Sentinel, Volume 2, Number 94, Page 3. July 15, 1854.


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