Hiram Bingham, A Residence of Twenty-One Years, pg. 269

"This council [of regent, chiefs and missionaries] being conducted in a amicable and Christian manner, unlike the councils of heathenism and infidelity, bowed before the God of heaven and earth, acknowledging his smiles and rich gifts, and imploring his blessing on the efforts made to promote order, learning, religion, and prosperity in the realm. Here the Hawaiian people began to assume before the kingdoms of the world the character of a Christian nation."