HAWAII - Samuel C. DAMON, editor
The Friend ... [Vol. VI]
Honolulu: The Polynesian Office, 1848. 12 consecutive issues bound together, quarto. Volume VI, Numbers 1-12. Letterpress title and 96pp.
Expertly bound to style in half calf and period marbled paper covered boards
A full year's run of a noted Hawaiian newspaper with early California Gold Rush content.
This newspaper was first established in January 1843, under the title Temperance Advocate . In January 1845, it began under the present title, The Friend , continuing publication into the 20th century. "The expressed intent of the proprietor [Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon, Seaman's Chaplain for Honolulu] was to produce a 'Temperance paper' for the benefit of seamen, and the subjects found on its pages (particularly during the first decade) reflected Damon's work in this vein among sailors and crews of whale ships ... Damon, however, also made an effort to include general information and news of interest to those in the Pacific and in New England. Extensive coverage was given to the whaling industry. Shipping lists were reproduced. 'Marine Intelligence' columns gave detailed reportage on whale ships throughout the Pacific. Considerable effort was made to fill other columns with arrival and departure lists of vessels, and their passengers ... Occasionally editor Damon included notes on his visits to Kauai, Maui and Hawaii" (Forbes).
Of particular note in these early issues are content relating to California and Oregon. Consecutive runs of issues from the newspaper's first decade are very rare.