Letter from King William to King Lunalilo, 1873.

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

Sire: I thank Your Majesty for having kindly communicated to me through your letter of the 14th of January, utl. the sad news of the unexpected demise of your beloved Cousin, His Majesty Kamehameha V., and I beg Your Majesty to accept the full assurance of the part which I take in the just affliction caused to you by this lamentable event. Having learned, at the same time with interest, that in the absence of descendants of the illustrious defunct, Your Majesty had been selected by Constitutional Assembly as Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands. I hasten to express to Your Majesty my good wishes for the prosperity of your reign, as well as my desire to reciprocally cement and strengthen the relations of friendship and good understanding which so happily existed with your worthy relative.

With these feelings, and the assurance of my perfect esteem, I am,

Of Your Majesty, the good Friend,

[Signed] William.

Loo, The Hague, April 3d, 1873.

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

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

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