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January 21, 1937

Called on Consul General Blunt, fresh from the English Foreign Office. He had just passed through the United States and was emphatic in the belief that anti-Filipino sentiment was strong there–but still he did not believe that independence would ever come here: “These people don’t want it.” I pointed out that the rich ilustrado class of Filipinos with whom he had come in contact might not desire it–but the United States did want it. This he admitted. I then told him that Quezon had always been adroit enough to leave himself in a position where he could again lead the independence movement–and any political leader in the Philippines who opposed independence would be “smeared on the wall.”

The remainder of the winter of 1936-37, Doria and I spent as tenants of the Stevenson house in Baguio. There we were when, on March 12, 1937 our little daughter Ursula Fairfax Harrison was born.

Some five weeks later, we sailed on the M.V. Vittoria for Genoa, and I did not return to the Philippines until October, 1938.