By John Foreman
Excerpt from Philippine Islands: A Political, Geographical, Ethnographical, Social and advertisement historical past of the Philippine Archipelago and Its Political Dependencies, Embracing the full interval of Spanish Rule
It will be unbelievable if the worries of a fascinating Colony just like the Philippine Islands had now not commanded the eye of literary genius.
I don't faux, for that reason, to enhance upon the capable productions of such eminent writers as Juan de le Concepcion, Martinez Zuniga, Thomas Comin and others, nor do I aspire, via this short composition, to detract from the benefit of Jagor's paintings, which, in its day, counseled itself as a priceless ebook of reference. yet on the grounds that then, and in the final two decades, this Colony has made nice strides at the course of social and fabric development; its political and advertisement value is quickly expanding, and lots of who recognize the Philippines, have persuaded me to think that my Notes will be an favored addition to what used to be released years in the past in this subject.
The serious critiques herein expressed are established upon own observations made throughout the numerous years i've got travelled in and approximately all of the vital Islands of the Archipelago, and are upheld by means of connection with the main trustworthy old records.
An writer may be benevolent in his judgment of guys and manners and protected opposed to mistaking remoted circumstances for principles. In concerns of heritage he should still neither disguise the reality, nor twist it to aid a personal view, remembering how effortless it truly is to criticize an act while its sequel is constructed: such should be my goal within the fullest degree consistent.
By sure sessions i'll be concept to have taken a hypercritical view of items; i'll even offend their susceptibilities - if I adulated them, I should still fail to chronicle the reality, and my paintings will be a planned imposture.
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