August 8, 1839: Letter from J. Dudoit to Kauikeaouli
In the following letter from Jules Dudoit to Kauikeaouli, he raises some questions regarding the Laplace Treaty (to read more about this incident, please see this blog entry). Dudoit was the appointed consular agent for France. He was later conferred the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor, “one of the most coveted distinctions in the power of Napoleon to confer.” (Pacific Commercial Advertiser, July 28, 1866).
To read more about Dudoit’s life, please read, “Captain Jules Dudoit, The First French Consul in the Hawaiian Islands, 1837-1867, and His Brig Schooner, the Clementine” (L.A. Jore; translated by Dorothy Brown Aspinwall). On July 20, 1866, Dudoit was murdered in his sleep. To read more, please take a look at the transcriptions provided by nupepa-hawaii.com (Ke Au Okoa, July 23, 1866, “He make manaonao”; and Pacific Commercial Advertiser, July 28, 1866, “The Late Julius Dudoit, Esq.”).