CORBIN TO OTIS, JANUARY 1, 1899
Washington, January 1, 1899 - 4.30 p.m.
General OTIS, Manila:
The President considers it of first importance that a conflict brought on by you be
avoided at this time if possible. Cannot Miller get into communication with
insurgents, giving them President's proclamation and informing them of the purposes of
the Government, assuring them that while it will assert its sovereignty, that its
purpose is to give them a good government and security in their personal rights.
It is most desirable that Miller should hold his ground, and as health of soldiers
may not permit of their remaining on transports, could not a landing at some
healthful place be effected without a conflict?
Your report of excited condition in Manila makes it incumbent upon you not to
weaken your forces at that point.
By order Secretary War: