Francis Joseph the First, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, and Apostolic King of Hungary, personally signed a letter dated January 1, 1895, written in Latin, to President Sanford B. Dole, recognizing the Republic of Hawaii. This is the remnant of the once-powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire, still using Latin for formal diplomatic proclamations.
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Emperor Francis Joseph original letter in Latin:
Emperor’s letter translated into English: