LETTER TO MELLIZA, JANUARY 1899
[Original in Spanish. Unsigned draft, handwriting of Felipe Buencamino.
[FEBRUARY --, 1899?]
EXTRACT OF A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE CITIZEN SENOR
RAYMUNDO MELLIZA Y ANGULO.
1st. Paragraph. After the greetings, acknowledgement is made of
the papers he has forwarded, telling him the same time that a conference
was given to his envoys.
2nd. Paragraph. He is informed that: as, upon the receipt of said
papers the republic had already been proclaimed here, and the Office of
the President constituted not-responsible, and the council of secretaries,
responsible, said papers and the Visayan commissioners were sent to the
president of the council of secretaries, Seņor Apolinario Mabini, in order
that between both parties they might negotiate and establish the terms of
the national relations between Visayas and the Central government of
3rd. Paragraph. An account is given that the President of the republic has received notification that a decision was reached, for which he offers congratulations, and also congratulates Seņor Melliza and the leading
men of the Visayas on such a happy event; stating, however, that, if the
Visavans should notice deficiencies in some detail or on some point, they
are requested to refer them to the President of the Republic with all candor
and liberty, as the president would make any sacrifice in order to obtain
our national union, the most general and urgent question, in order that the
Filipino government may have a legal personality by which it can present
itself before the face of foreign nations in the solution of the most grave
political problems obtaining, and especially in rejecting the American invasion
in the name of the 10 millions of Filipinos.
4th. Paragraph. The President informs the Visayans that, in order
that the great political idea referred to in the preceding paragraph might
not be censured as egotitical, he invites them to come and fill the high offices
of the nation, going so far even as to offer to resign his position of
President, if the occupancy of his person in so high a seat could be undesirable
for the welfare of the country.
5th. Paragraph. He recommends the Commissioner, Seņor Jose Ner
for the placing of the loan.
6th. Paragraph. He fondly and fraternally takes leave of Seņor Melliza
and of the leading men of Visayas.