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THE

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THE

LIFE OF PAUL JONES.

BY

ALEXANDER SLIDELL MACKENZIE, U. S. N

VOL. I.

NEW-YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, 82 CLIFF STREET.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by

HARRISON GRAY,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts,

PREFACE.

THE following work was undertaken some years ago, at the request of Mr. J. Sparks, the distinguished editor of the "Library of American Biography," with a view to its forming part of that valuable work. Professional occupations have only within the last few months permitted the writer to make use of the materials that were placed in his hands. They consist of a "Life of Paul Jones," published in 1825, by Mr. J. H. Sherburne, then Register of the Navy, from the documents on file in the government offices, and from a portion of the private papers of Jones, to which Mr. Sherburne had access; of a more elaborate work on the same subject, published in

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