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29th of August 1901

This afternoon, Don Pablo returned with Mr. Gerona. These two men told me that the soon-to-be Judge of Batangas promised to talk to Mr. Taft about our freedom, if the three of us would individually write him a letter asking for the same.

The two have written their letters respectively, and I requested Mr. Gerona to thank him for his good intention; but I deem it not the opportune time to ask for my freedom, since I do not know if my presence will be prejudicial or not, to the pacification of the islands. However, I am confident that the American government shall grant it to me, at the right time, even if I don’t ask for it.