HAWAII - Samuel C. DAMON, editor
The Friend ... [Vol. V]
Honolulu: Charles Edwin Hitchcock, 1847. 24 consecutive issues bound together, quarto. Volume V, Numbers 1-24. 192pp. Woodcut illustrations.
Expertly bound to style in half calf and period marbled paper covered boards
A full year's run of a noted Hawaiian newspaper.
Beginning publication in January 1843, under the title Temperance Advocate, the newspaper began under the present title, The Friend, with the January 1845 issue, 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 is a register of foreign residents in Honolulu (January 15, 1847). Advertisements include notices of publications in Hawaii. Illustrations include a street map of Honolulu with 35 numbered references (January 15, 1847). Consecutive runs of issues from the newspaper's first decade are very rare.