On December 13, 1850, French commissioner M Emile Perrin arrived in the Islands. He and Foreign Minister RC Wyllie took up the disputed issues between the two countries. On February 1, 1851, Commissioner Perrin forwarded a list of ten demands.
On that same day, as a measure of self-defense, King Kamehameha III signed a secret proclamation putting the islands under the protection of the US, to be used only in case of emergency. Perrin then reduced the demands to 2 points, which averted the immediate danger of French aggression.