Circular Soliciting Funds to Send a Guerilla Leader's Sons to School in the United States. PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR.

Circular Soliciting Funds to Send a Guerilla Leader's Sons to School in the United States

[1901].

Single sheet, 5.25 x 8 inches, printed on one side. Folding creases, else fine. Apparently unrecorded circular/printed letter of approximately 225 words, without salutation, designated "private" at the top. The unnamed author (likely Major William C.H. Bowen) asks for donations to help Juan Villamor, the defeated leader of the Philippine insurrection at Abra, who "desires more than anything to have his sons educated in America." The writer, who says he was the one to accept Villamor's surrender, asserts that "it would be of everlasting benefit and would help the question of the government of the Philippines, for if the children of the leading men are receiving their education in the United States, it stands to reason that the parents will remain firm and fast in their friendship for us." Whether or not it was a result of this plea, the formerly Villamor did in fact transition from enemy to friend, serving in the American civil government and as honorary commissioner to the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

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