Diary of John E.T. Milsaps

Wednesday, April 5th, 1899

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

I remained close at home all day. Rev. & Mrs. Owens visited the “Oregon”. Started the morning with Bible reading and prayer, then turned to the cook pots & prepared breakfast, after eating thereof washed dishes. Put in several hours reading.

After-noon feel a strong desire to pray to my God. Locked myself in my bedroom & poured out my heart to my precious Lord in communion. His peace & comfort came to me & I felt better. So little is being done for the advancement of His cause & I am hampered so much by circumstances over which I have no control that I am getting restless. One service a week does not satisfy me.

Catalogued some curios in a book kept for that purpose.

Yesterday evening’s “Times” & this morning’s “America” published the Peace Commission’s address to the Filipino people, asking them to cease fighting, return to their avocations & enjoy the blessings of liberty under the U.S. Gov’t. We knew not what effect the proclamation will have.

Cooked supper. While eating the same Brother Ackarett and another Christian called. Gave them an orange apiece & invited them to take a seat on my trunk. They are now stationed at Caloocan. Have seen considerable service. Brother Ackarett pulls the lanyard (the string that fires the cannon) of the rifle in Section 4. B. battery, Utah Light Artillery. The Lord kept him safe in soul & body. Before we parted had prayer together. Ackarett is a big rough man – a typical soldier.