Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Wednesday, November 2d, 1898

Manila, Luzon Island –Entry made in parlor of No. 2 Calle Santa Elena, Tondo.

Hot dry weather. Heat oppressive. Remained at home & did much writing. (1) a long report _14 pages – descriptive of the Philippines, their present status further prospects etc., religiously & materially. Suggested to Commandant Herbert Booth that he send 6 lasses here & a married D. O. to take charge. Am hurrying the report off so that he can act speedily. Additional to the long report wrote a 2-page letter to H. Booth stating that en route have I would gladly visit Australia & unite up the work there for the War Crys. Copied the report & letter.

Also wrote & copied 2 letters to secure permission to hold services next Sunday 10 & 1 o’ clock thereabouts, on the “Charleston” and “Boston.” Letters were to Capts. Glass and Wilds.

Visitors 8. Prayed with several.

Some Spaniards who have taken a room beneath me, put a lock on the water closet that had been assigned to my use, I stirred up the landlady & others but the lock was not taken off until long after dark. I am getting tired of this house. No privacy any more. Two Spaniards and a Filipino family make use of my front basement door & have free access to my rooms upstairs by ascending the latter. Must hunt up another house.

Cooked breakfast & supper & satisfied hunger with a cold dinner.

Cablegrams today state the U.S. Gov’nt will hold the Philippines.