A MEMORABLE DAY
Admiral Thomas Declines the Provisional Cession of the Islands.
Professor Alexander’ Brief But Graphic Description of the Important Events of 1843
On the 10th of February 1843, the British frigate Carysfort, commanded by Lord George Paulet, arrived at Honolulu, and showed displeasure by withholding the usual salutes. The commander seems to have placed himself completely under the direction of Mr Alexander Simpson. The United States sloop-of-war Boston, Captain Long, arrived on the 13th.
The king who had been sent for at Lord Paulet’s request, arrived from Lahaiua on the 16th. Lord Paulet refused to treat with him through Dr. Judd, his agent, and late in the evening of the 17th sent him a peremptory letter, inclosing six demands with the threat that if they were not complied with by four o’clock p. m. the next day, “immediate coercive steps would be taken.” The substance of these demands was as follows:
1st. That an attachment laid on Charlton’s property, at the suit of an English firm for an old debt, be removed, that the land claimed by him be “restored,” and reparation to his representatives for the losses which they had suffered through the alleged injustice of the government.
2d. The immediate recognition of Mr. Simpson as British Consul, and a salute of twenty-one guns to the British flag.
3d. A guarantee that no British subject should be put in irons, unless for a felony.
4th. That a new trial should be held in the case of Skinner vs. Dominis.
5th. That all disputes between British subjects and others be referred to mixed juries, one half of whom should be British subjects approved by the consul.
6th. A direct communication between the king and the Acting British Consul for the immediate settlement of all complaints on the part of British subjects. Continue reading