Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy to Rear Admiral George Dewey, Commander, Asiatic Squadron

TRANSLATION.

His Excellency, the Admiral of the Squadron

of the U.S.in the Islands.

Bacoor, July 15, 1898.  

Sir:

     The Revolution having taken possession of the various provinces of the Archipelago this Government has found it necessary to adopt the form and organization best suited to the popular will.

     I have therefore the pleasure (desire) and honor of placing in your hand the enclosed decrees which contain the organization referred to,1 begging that you will communicate to you Government that the desires of this Government are to remain always in friendship with the Great North American Nation to which we are under many obligations.

     I beg, also, that your Excellency will have the kindness to forward the enclosed package H.B.M. Consul,2 with a request from me that he will forward them their respective destinations.

     For which favor the Filipino people and your humble servant will most deeply grateful to Your Excellency.

Very Respectfully etc. etc.      

Emilio Aguinaldo            

Source Note: Translation, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 364.

Footnote 2: “H.B.M.” stands for, “Her British Majesty’s” Consul. The British Consul in Manila was Edward Henry Rawson-Walker.

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