Monday, November 7th, 1898

… When the Commissioners assembled in my rooms, Judge Day produced a dispatch from Washington in answer to those which he and Senator Davis and others had sent intended to bring out final instructions on the Philippines. The dispatch was a compound of injunctions to make a settlement just and honorable to the nation, characterized by humanity, etc., with confidence in the Commissioners, desire for a treaty, and disposition to give the greatest weight to any course we should finally resolve to recommend. As it was concluded Senator Davis said: “If that isn’t equal to Jack Bunsby I am mistaken,” whereupon Judge Day broke out with the quotation: “If not, why not?” The Judge [Day] seemed quite desirous of addressing further inquiries and insisting upon having the President take the responsibility of the course to be finally attempted.

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