Passport issued to Captain J. J. Pell of the whaler Holder Borden, giving permission to ship five "natives of the Hawaiian Islands". Honolulu, 29 March 1844
Folio (10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.; 267 x 210 mm.). Document printed on two facing pages, in two languages, on yellow paper, accomplished in manuscript, signed (twice) "M. Kekuanaoa" and "W[illia]m Paty"; formerly folded, small smear of ink in central margin touching two letters, a few stains.
An intimate companion of the future king Kamehameha II, Mateio Kekuanao (1794-1868) became governor of Oahu in 1839. He was a member of the House of Nobles and the privy council.
The whaler Holder Borden was wrecked in November 1844 on what was called Pell's Island, but the position given for the island by Captain Pell was inaccurate. The wreckage was discovered on Lisianski Island (905 nautical miles northwest of Honolulu) in May 1857 by Captain John Paty.
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