At London, 8th July, Her Majesty TAMEHAMALU, Queen of the Sandwich Islands. The cause of her death was inflammation of the lungs.—She was sensible she was dying, and was quite resigned. The separation of the King and Queen was very affecting.—”We are,” adds the London paragraphist, “in the the less grief for his Majesty’s loss, as we understand he has four more wives at home.” Unfortunately for this unfeeling attempt at wit, there is no truth in it. Since the conversion of the Sandwich Islanders to Christianity, polygamy has been abolished.—The Queen lay in state two days before her interment. Her coffin was covered with her ornaments, intermixed with bouquets of flowers, and the floor was strewed with rose leaves. The body was wrapped tightly in waxed linen. The coffin bore this inscription:—”Tamehamalu Eli—No Na aina o awahi—Make i Pelekani—22 Makaika Taitu—London 8 Kemahoe o ke Maikiki—1824.”—In English, “Tamehamalu, Queen of the Sandwich Islands, departed this life in London, on the 8th July, 1824, aged 22 years.” She could read English very well, and could speak it a little. The King sustained his loss like a Christian.—Raising his eyes from the body, he said, “She is gone to Heaven.” At the last date, the King was very ill, and could not, without difficulty, indite a despatch to his favorite minister “William Pitt,” announcing his loss. The British King, and Ministers, paid every mark of attention on this occasion.
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(New-Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, 8/30/1824, p. 3)