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    Lili'uokalani Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages including integral blank, written on recto of first page only, 5.5" x 8.25", n.p., April 8, 1801. A rare ALS by Lili'uokalani, penned following her reign as the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands (1891-1893), a role she assumed upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Queen Lili'uokalani sought to amend the constitution to restore some of the power lost during her brother's reign. Local sugar planters and businessmen feared a loss of revenue and influence and instigated an overthrow. To avoid bloodshed, the Queen yielded her throne on January 17, 1893, and a provisional government was established. A month later, the Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States of America creating the U.S. Territory of Hawaii.

    A well educated and intelligent woman, following her abdication, Lili'uokalani wrote a historical memoir, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen. She was also an extraordinary musician and composer, well versed in the hymns and ballads of American and European influence, as well as traditional Hawaiian chants and prose. In her lifetime, Lili'uokalani composed more than 150 songs, including her most famous piece, "Aloha 'Oe."

    Offered here is a brief handwritten letter to Joseph Oliver Carter, Jr., a journalist, public official, diplomat, financier, and philanthropist. Carter was a close counselor to Queen Lili'okalani, and after the Revolution in 1893, Carter was put in charge of the former Queen's business affairs. He was also a trustee of the Kamehameha Schools. She writes to Carter regarding the laying of water pipes, presumably upon her personal property or that of the Kamehameha Schools. It reads in part: "After you left Mr. Hokino came over to me and said he would be willing to give four dollars a month for the privilege of laying their pipes to the road where their pipes are. I think this offer might be accepted provided their pipes may be laid not less than two feet deep underground and rents paid regularly. . . . Liliuokalani." Boldly penned and in very fine condition.


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