[Found under: “More British Aggression—Seizure of the Sandwich Islands.”]
All demands for proof of damages were regarded as “vexatious and inapplicable,” and the King was compelled to make a conditional cession of the islands to British Government, which he did by proclamation, as follows:
Where are you, Chiefs, People and Commons from my ancestor and people from foreign lands!
Hear ye, I make known to you that I am in perplexity by reason of difficulties into which I have been brought without cause, therefore I have given away the life of our land, hear ye! But my rule over you, my people, and your privileges will continue, for I have hope that the life of the land will be restored when my conduct is justified.
Done at Honolulu, Oahu, this twenty-fifth day of February, 1843.
Witness, John D. Paalua.
I hereby certify the above to be a faithful translation.
G. P. JUDD,
Recorder and Translator for the Government.
(Brooklyn Weekly Eagle, 6/8/1843, p. 1)