Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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Manila

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, November 29, 1939

View of from Manila Hotel, taken in 2004

View of from Manila Hotel, taken before World War II. By John T Pilot
View from Manila Hotel, taken before World War II

View from Manila Hotel, taken in 2004. By jezuez471
Very good sleep. Sat with Doria at breakfast. He did not sleep because of an air-conditioned room. Glad that I was warned about this before coming.

Dr. and Mrs. Fairchild drove me in to Manila and he supervised the purchase of my tailor made wardrobe. Arcade Building, Escholta, Manila. It consisted of 1 Palm Beach suit with 2 trousers; 3 suits white saigon linen, 6 trowsers, 1 white dinner coat, 1 Pr black trowsers; 4 kakhi shorts, 4 sports shirts, 2 Prs. tennis shoes, 2 dresshirts; 2 neckties; tropical helmet.

Then stopped at American Express and found films were there from Madison Mart. Two trunks at Dollar Line were sent to the hotel.

Had lunch at hotel with Fairchilds and a friend who has just returned from a cruise to Bali. Hugo, the new addition to our party who will help Dr. Fairchild, came in. He seemed a nice young fellow.

Later in afternoon I drove with the Fairchilds to tea at his friends, the Fairchild family [The George Fairchild family - no relation, but became very good friends]. Number of people there and an interesting tropical garden. Talked with Mr. Thomas Wolf who was here in Cameron’s time and has cruised a great deal. It is very evident that Cameron was a great man who is spoken of in highest terms.

Dr. Fairchild was impressed that I was his courier and was surprised that I did not have letters from him to people in Manila. Had amusing and pleasant talks with several women at the tea.

The Fairchilds (Dr. & Mrs) had supper in their rooms and I joined them. He and I laid on beds and talked. Mrs Fairchild sent me to bed at 9:50.

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