Adventures in the Philippine Islands. Translated from the French of Paul P. de La Gironière.
On hearing a recital of some adventures which had occurred to me during my long voyages, many of... More > my friends have frequently begged of me to publish a narrative of them, which might perhaps be interesting.
M. Alexandre Dumas was publishing, under the title of “The Thousand-and-One Phantoms,” a romance, one of the principal personages of which, in a voyage to the Philippine Islands, must have known me when I was residing at Jala-Jala, in the colony that I founded there.
It must be evident that the lively romancist has ranked me in the category of his Thousand-and-One Phantoms; but, to prove to the public that I am really in existence, I have resolved to take up the pen, under an impression, that facts of the most scrupulous veracity, and which can be attested by some hundreds of persons, might possess some interest, and be read without ennui, by those especially who are desirous of learning the customs.< Less