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By some of those who have readhis book, charges of inaccuracy have been brought against M.
Moreover, as we have already said, it is absolutely impossible for any one to relate contemporary history with strict impartiality.
To which we may add that however much a man may be mixed up in affairs he can never know the exact truth concern ing all that goes on about him, still less can he be sure that he rightly in terprets the aims and motives of others.
If then Varigny errs or ex aggerates, Infers too much or too little or the wrong thing, he may well be excused, unless there be evi dence of some intentional misrepre sentation, which from such study of the man as we have been able to make by the aid of his book we are not prepared to expect.
At the same time we shall be glad to receive any corrections or criticisms which may occur to those of our readers who are, from personal knowledge, com petent to furnish them.
We now resume our translation from the commencement of Vari gnys ninth chapter. The death of Kamehameha IV, completely unexpected even by those around him, took everybody by sur prise.
The heir presumptive to the throne, Prince Lot, was absent.
He did not even know the life of his brother was in danger.
Absorbed in her grief, Queen Emma wept for the husband she had lost far more than for the throne of which this death deprived lier.
The aged Keku anaoa, the Kings father, gazed in sad and silent grief upon this son lately so full of life, whom he had thought destined to survive him.
Alone among the Ministers Mr.
Wyllie looked after everything; he sent in haste for Prince IiOt, and sum moned his colleagues.
The new Sov ereign hastened to the Palace; his first impulse was to join his sisterinlaw and his father in their grief, and to complain bitterly of the inat tention of the doctors, who had neither foreseen the danger nor been present at the Palace when his brother expired.
He then went to the Councilroom, where tre Minis ters awaited him, and received from them their resignations.
He begged them to continue to exercise their functions until he wras able to give consideration to affairs. At two oclock the Privy Council met at the Palace, and at three oclock a public proclamation an nounced to the people the death of Kamehameha IV and tho accession of Kamehameha V. xt the same time Queen Emma received from tho new Soveijign an invitation to continue to occupy the Palace and the assur ance of his sympathy and his brother ly affection.
From the next day the King gave himself to business.
He discussed matters with his Ministers, then, shut up in his private room, he studied the new situation in which the death of his brother had placed him, his own past, his acquaintance ships and his political friendships. A partizan of progress, liberal by conviction, absolute by family tradi tion and character, Kamehameha V. had, up to this time, appeared to lean by preference towards the American party, which now based great hopes upon his accession.
For many years a colleague of Mr.
Wyllies, he had often uttered and supported opinions opposed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose fecund verbosity and obstinacy, it was said, he endured with impatience.
Nevertheless, now that he hail become King, he did not hesitate to appeal to his experience and patriotism, and immediately took him as his confident in regard to his projects of reform and his plans for the future.
It was only to him that he confessed his hesitations, and with him alone he discussed at the outset the appointments he intended to make, and the line of politics he in tended to pursue. . . During this time the Palace, open to the public, was filled with the funereal cries and chants customary under such circumstances.
The whole population of Honolulu, swelled hour by hour by new arrivals from the outskirts, gathered around the apart ment in which the body of the King lay in state.
Night and day the dirges and crie were kept up, some times sad and monotonous some times sharp and piercing.
It is not possible to describe the singular scene which the immense yard of the Palace presented at night.
Thousands of natives moved about in dense masses or sat squatted upon the grass.
Dis cordant murmurs and cries arose from this crowd, which hundredsof torches borne by servants and soldiers lighted up in a fantastic manner. Without an excited public opinion discussed with inquietude what the new King would do.
The American party, which was the mcst numerous, the strongest, and the most ambitious, expected great things from their in timacy with the Prince.
Some of the more bold loudly predicted the down fall of Mr.
Wyllie; all believed in the accession to power of a Ministry drawn almost exclusively from amongst their candidates.
Numerous lists passed round from hand to hand, car rying the imprint of the same con victions, the same desires. The King gave up the first four days of November to concerting with Mr.
Wyllie, and deciding what Min isters to chose.
On the 5th of No vember, Mr.
Wyllie sought me out in my office, and told me that he had the Kings order tooffer me the Ministry of Fina

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