About the author: John Woodward Philip (August 26, 1840 – June 30, 1900), American naval officer who reached the rank of Rear Admiral. Was stationed in the Far East, 1865-1868. Saw duty in the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War. More details of his naval career can be found in Al Sumrall’s profile in the Spanish-American War Centennial Website.

About the diary: Derived from the author’s journal of a cruise in the Far East, 1865-68, included in Life and Adventures of “Jack” Philip Rear-Admiral United States Navy A Memorial Magazine in Four Numbers May, June, July and August 1903, by Edgard Stanton MacLay, The Baker & Taylor Co., New York, 1903. The Philippine Diary Project has only used the entries specifically devoted to the author’s visit to the Philippines in 1866, from February 5 to 27, 1866.

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