John Paul Jones

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Macmillan, 1916 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
AMERICAN NAVAL COMMANDER IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, American Naval Commander In The Revolutionary War, BornIN SCOTLAND.

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Page 36 - that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Page 71 - I have sacrificed not only my favourite scheme of life, but the softer affections of the heart and my prospects of domestic happiness, and I am ready to sacrifice my life also with cheerfulness if that forfeiture could restore peace and goodwill among mankind.
Page 69 - It cannot be too much lamented that, in the profession of arms, the officer of fine feelings, and real sensibility, should be under the necessity of winking at any action of persons under his command, which his heart cannot approve; but the reflection is doubly severe when he finds himself obliged, in appearance, to countenance such actions by his authority.
Page 33 - ... navy, who has already performed signal services in vessels of little force; and, in reward for his zeal, we have directed him to go on board the Amphitrite, a French ship of twenty guns, that brought in a valuable cargo of stores from Messrs.
Page 102 - ... which are committed by the king to his care ; but the command of the ships will be entirely in you, in which I am persuaded that whatever authority his rank might in strictness give him, he will not have the least desire to interfere with you. There is honour enough to be got for both of you, if the expedition is conducted with a prudent unanimity. The circumstance is indeed a little unusual ; for there is not only a junction of land and sea forces, but there is also a junction of Frenchmen and...
Page 122 - Captain Landais came on board the Bon homme Richard and behaved towards me with great disrespect, Affirming in the most indelicate manner and language, that I had lost my boats and people through my imprudence in sending boats to take a prize ! He persisted in his reproaches, though he was assured by Messrs.
Page 178 - That the thanks of the United States in Congress assembled, be given to Captain John Paul Jones, for the zeal, prudence, and intrepidity with which he has supported the honor of the American flag ; for his bold and successful enterprises to redeem from captivity the citizens of these States who had fallen under the power of the enemy; and in general for the good conduct and eminent services...
Page 69 - King, and esteeming, as I do, his private character, I wished to make him the happy instrument of alleviating the horrors of hopeless captivity, when the brave are overpowered and made prisoners of war.
Page 72 - ... to effect a general exchange of prisoners will be an act of humanity which will afford you golden feelings on a deathbed.
Page 71 - I have drawn my sword in the present generous struggle for the rights of men, yet I am not in arms as an American, nor am I in pursuit of riches. My fortune is liberal enough, having no wife nor family, and having lived long enough to know that riches cannot secure happiness.

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