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.”).
[Partial transcription of this letter below]
Na Ke Alii na Kamehameha III
Ua pomaikai au i ka hai ana aku ia oe i ka loaa ana iaʻu kau palapala o ka la 7, o keia malama a i koʻu manao aole loa ia i akaka.
Ke lawe nei au i keia hana, e ninau aku ia oe i keia mau hua ninau, a ke nonoi aku nei au ia oe e hoopomaikai mai iaʻu i ka hai pono ana iaʻu i keia mau mea.
Ua oleloia ʻku anei ia oe i ke alii, ina hoole oe, aole e kau i kou inoa i ke kuikahi a Kapena Laplace i hoike mai ai alaila e hoounaia mai na manawa e lawe i kou aina? E like me ka mea i palapala ia ma ka helu hope o ka Pekeka Hawaii?
Ua olelo anei oe i Kapena Laplace o keia anei ke kuikahi i oleloia? Ua papa anei oe i keia he malu?