About the author: Brigadier-General William Draper (1721 — 1787), from Cambridge University database:
Adm. at KING’S, a scholar from Eton [ Buckinghamshire ], 1740 .
S. of Ingleby, officer of customs, Bristol [ Somerset ]. B. there, 1721 .
Matric. 1740 ;
B.A. 1744/5 ;
M.A. 1749 .
Fellow, 1743 .
Entered the Army.
Served at Culloden [ Nairn ] and in Flanders .
Afterwards in India , with Clive. Aided in the expedition against Manila [ Philippines ], 1763 ; the colours taken were presented to King’s Chapel.
K.B. 1765 .
Lieutenant-General, 1777 .
Lieutenant-Governor of Minorca [ Spain ], 1779 .
Died at Bath [ Somerset ], 08 Jan., 1787. M.I. in the Abbey Church [Bath, Somerset ].
( Harwood, 328; D.N.B. ; A. B. Beaven.)
See also the biographical entry by Henry Manners Chichester, written in 1888.
About the Diary: Published as “Draper’s Journal: A journal of the proceedings of His Majesty’s forces on the expedition against Manila,” in The Philippine Islands 1493–1803, vol. 49, Emma Blair and James Alexander Robertson, eds. Cleveland, OH: The A.H. Clark Company, 1907, pp. 81-103.