October 1, 1887: Regarding the Capture of an Opium Dealer in Maui
In this letter, addressed to C.W. Ashford from Sam Chillingworth, Deputy Sheriff for Makawao, the capture of an unlicensed opium dealer is described with some interesting details. This letter was written a few months after the Bayonet Constitution was instituted, and shortly before a new law was passed reenacting the Prohibitory Act of 1874, as amended (Mokuna XX, Na Kanawai o ka Moi Kalakau i Kau ia e ka Hale Ahaolelo Kau Kanawai i ke Kau Ahaolelo Kuikawa, 1887).
September 26, 1887: Letter to C.W. Ashford – Attorney General
Below is a letter from J.M. Lydgate to C.W. Ashford, Attorney General, issuing a complaint about a local judge. This particular letter is of interest because it provides, in painful detail, varying types of misconduct, ineptitude and overall incompetency. One particular statement Lydgate makes is quite memorable. In the letter, he references the judge’s propensity for tardiness “in opening court” which results in a “serious inconvenience to those who have something more to do than hang round coffee shops.”
Some excerpts and transcriptions are provided below.
In this letter, W.P. Lunaheihei, the deputy sheriff of Honokaʻa, wrote to apologize to the the Attorney General, C.W. Ashford, for his delayed response. Ashford had apparently previously written about the provision of commissions to certain police officers. However, Lunaheihei’s letter references an issue with providing these commissions as proposed by Ashford–namely, that these police officers refuse to obey Lunaheihei’s orders. The explanation for their insubordination seems to be based on politics.
Below is a short excerpt of the letter followed by a transcription.
The following excerpt was “filed” at the front of the folder containing Attorney General records from September 1887. The letter intimates that certain fraudulent activities were occurring at the police station house in Honolulu. Specifically, that there were shortages in the accounts at the station house. The letter explains that this has become a regular occurrence since the “unceremonious dismissal of “the old faithful servant McKeage [McKeague].” Officer Sam McKeague was the station house keeper for Honolulu, prior to the events referenced in this letter. See Richard A. Greer, “Sweet and Clean”: The Chinatown Fire of 1886,” 10 Haw. J. Hist. 33 (1976) (available here). The author of this letter is unknown (it contains no signature or address). The attorney general at this time was Clarence Ashford, who replaced Antone Rosa just a few months prior.
A brief transcription is provided below for this short excerpt.
Below is a letter from Kealoha Kaikuahine to Chief Justice A.F. Judd. The letter requests advice in regards to a previous case that had been heard by the district court in North Kohala. The matter, which involved a “horse dispute” was referred to the Attorney General. Below is an excerpt from this rather lengthy letter:
May 20, 1882: Regarding an Oath to Serve as Attorney General – Edward Preston
[in pencil: 5-20-82]
Hawaiian islands to wit
I Edward Preston do solemnly and make oath and say that I will well and truly support the Constitution and laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of my office as Attorney General of the Kingdom
So help me Lord
Subscribed and Sworn this twentieth day of May 1882
Before me: A. Francis Judd, Chief Justice