[Honolulu: 1851]. Broadside, 6.5" x 8.75". Certificate printed on card stock with brown ink using several different typesettings, blanks completed in ink manuscript [shown in brackets]. Woodcut illustration of an agricultural scene at head of certificate. Toned, print a bit faded. Very Good.
The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society was formed in April 1850, to promote Hawaiian agriculture. Its first annual meeting occurred in August 1851. This Honolulu imprint is one of its earliest publications. The short-lived Society disbanded in 1857 after drought and economic depression wrecked local agriculture.
Richard Cheshyre [R.C.] Janion, the recipient of this diploma, was on the Executive Committee of the Society. He moved to Oahu from Great Britain. In addition to agricultural pursuits, he owned a store, acquired steam vessels, was an agent for a cattle ranch, and became affiliated with the Hawaiian Steam Navigation Company. Diplomas were issued by the Society "only as evidence of superior merit." According to the "Transactions" report of the Society's first annual meeting, Janion received this diploma "for the best peach on a tree 2 years and 4 months old." [TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY... VOL. 1, NOS. 1 & 2. 1850, 1851]. Item #31084