The Friend was a local newspaper published by and for missionaries from 1843 to 1954. It is invaluable as a source of information concerning the activities, experiences, and accomplishments of the 19th-century Congregational missionaries to Hawaii, as well as 20th-century figures involved in the development of the United Church of Christ in Hawaii.
This volume has the first report of the death of Hawaiian King Kamehameha III, including the order of procession (Jan. 1885 issue) and the first report of the signing of the U.S.–Japan Treaty negotiated by Commander Matthew Perry (6 May 1854), and an Independence Day celebration (6 July 1854).
This volume belonged to Thomas Spencer (1815–1884), a whaling captain out of Warwick, Rhode Island. He was stranded in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and decided to remain there. He married a native woman, Makaleka (Margaret) Robinson and they had eight children. He opened a very successful ship's chandlery in Honolulu and later purchased property on the "big" island in the village of Hilo. He was a popular local celebrity, well-known for his support of the Hawaiian royal family.
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