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Two autograph letters from Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani 1897  

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Two letters from Queen Liliuokalani to "Cousin William," writing about the publication of her autobiography

Liliuokalani, Lydia Kamakaeha Kaomalii, Queen of Hawaii

Ebbitt House, Washington, D.C.





  • Autograph letter signed ("Liliuokalani"), 4 pages on bifolium. 23.5 x 14.3 cm (9¼x5½"), the Ebbitt House, Washington, D.C., 18 October 1897. To "My dear Cousin".
  • Autograph letter signed ("Liliuokalani" and "Liliu"), 3 pages on bifolium  17.7 x 11.4 cm), the Ebbitt House, Washington, D.C., 28 October 1897. To "Cousin William".

Hawaii's last monarch writes to about the publication of her celebrated book, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen (1898). In these two letters, she discusses with her cousin William changes to made to the manuscript. "I am glad to know your opinions on my manuscript as well as that of your Reader of M. S. S. That he is a person in whom you have great confidence. This is sufficient for me to acquiesce in all criticisms that he may make ... Of course I would like to read the manuscript after he has made his corrections ... "He thinks that I should have given more pages to explaining the circumstances leading to the political revolution in Hawaii but I thought the subject was worn out .... I notice he thinks it is injudicious on my part to accuse the 'public press,' ... —although it is a fact. —well might need not say more about that." Liliuokalani also mention the songbook she is working on and another of her books, The Tradition of Creation.

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