May 24, 1943

Osmeña was operated upon hurriedly on Saturday last for appendicitis. Quezon goes down to Doctors' Hospital every day to call on him. The President told me of a recent meeting of the Pacific War Council. Mr. Roosevelt had opened with a talk of Attu, of which he had a large map. Evidently, he intended this..

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May 16, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon busy writing a letter in his own hand to Osmeña in answer to a brief submitted to him by the latter. This is the opening gun in the contest between the two for the presidency of the Commonwealth after November 15, 1943. Quezon read me the salient points of Osmeña's brief, all..

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May 15, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Dr. Trepp tells me that Quezon is in very much better condition; that his blood pressure is down to 160--about right for his age; that the past week has been largely given up to interviews with Supreme Court Justices Murphy and Frankfurter, and when I saw Quezon he told me the "legal" position..

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April 29-May 1, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon back from three weeks rest at Miami as guest of the military intelligence service. Originally he had planned to have me spend a fortnight with him to "finish his book" but on arrival there with his family he wired me there was no room available for me in the house which was..

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March 12, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Lunch with Mr. Canceran, private secretary to Quezon. Canceran much bothered by the President's frequent changes of plan for his trip to Florida causing the utmost possible inconvenience to everybody around him. This is the usual performance, but none of them get really used to it, and all grumble as much as they..

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March 11, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Conversation with Major (Dr.) Trepp. Disillusionment of a doctor. Dr Trepp, aged 56, short, stocky with thick shoulders and a round skull--a typical "alpine." Comes from a Swiss village on the Italian side of the Alps, lying at an altitude of 1,500 meters. This used to be a 40 horse post-road station run..

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March 5, 1943

Shoreham. Quezon wired for me to come here for ten days or so to help him finish his book, which he is determined to do, because, no doubt, of Warner Bros' offer for the cinema rights. Congratulated him on his Opera House (New York) address last Saturday, which he said had brought him many compliments...

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February 25, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon says that when he first came to Washington as Resident Commissioner he, like most Filipinos, believed that when they saw an American man and woman out driving together, whom they knew not to be married to one another, they were sexually intimate. This was the old Spanish idea. But when he got..

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February 21-23, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Summary of events here during my two weeks of absence: The letter Quezon was drafting when I left, in which he asked the President's support for a joint resolution of Congress declaring the Philippines "are and of right ought to be free and independent" was never sent. Instead he saw the President just..

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