Letter from Emperor William to King Lunalilo, 1873.

[Found under: “Na Palapala hoalohaloha a na ‘Lii o Europa i ko kakou Moi.”]

To the Ruler of the Hawaiian Nation, Greeting:

I have just received Your letter of the 14th of January, the painful  news that Your Cousin, King Kamehameha V., has departed this life on the 11th of December last, without leaving an heir of his body; and I thank you for informing me, at the same time that, in accordance with the Constitution, the Legislative Assembly has elected You Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands. While condoling deeply with You, My Lord King, the lamentable loss which has befallen Your family, I congratulate You on Your accession to the throne, and am pleased to hope that You, like Your Predecessors, will vouchsafe Your benevolent protection to the Germans resident in Your Islands. May Your reign be long and blessed!

In all sincerity, I remain the Lord King’s good Friend.

[Signed] William.

Berlin, the 27th of March, 1873.

(Ko Hawaii Ponoi, 6/18/1873, p. 3)


Ko Hawaii Ponoi, Buke I, Helu 1, Aoao 3. Iune 18, 1873.

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