Proclamation. [Incipit:] In its earlier history Hawaii possessed a Constitutional Government honestly and economically administered in the public interest ... [Signed at the end:] Henry E. Cooper, Andrew Brown, ... Honolulu, 17 January 1893
Folio (13 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.; 350 x 210 mm.). Text printed on facing, unnumbered pages of a single-fold sheet, signed in upper left margin "Sanford B. Dole"; slightly stained, formerly folded with wear and splitting at folds affecting a few words. Framed.
the president's own copy of the proclamation which abrogated the hawaiian monarchy. this is the first edition in an unrecorded issue with the date printed in lower left of the second text page.
The revolution deposing the Queen and organizing a provisional government was led by the influential American sugar planters of Hawai'i with the aid of the American Minister John Leavitt Stevens (1820-1895) who landed a detachment of marines from the U.S.S. Boston on the afternoon of 16 January 1893. Sanford B. Dole (1844-1926), serving as an associate justice of the Hawaiian Supreme Court, was a leader among those who overthrew the monarchy, and was asked to become President of the Provisional Government. On the afternoon of 17 January this proclamation was read from the steps of the Iolani Palace.
The Proclamation outlines the history of the Islands' government, the complaints of the "citizens and residents", and proclaims the abrogration of the monarchy, the establishment of a Provisional Government "until terms of union with the United States of America have been negotiated and agreed upon," and orders the removal of the Queen and several of her ministers.
No copy of this proclamation has appeared since the Streeter copy in 1969. That, and the few other recorded copies, are undated in the lower left margin of the second page. Later editions are set up in three pages of text with 5-line caption title.
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