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Catherine II.; and was intended for publication if the Russian government failed to do him justice. He felt that it totally failed; but death anticipated his long-contemplated purpose. To this Journal, Mr. Eton, in his Survey of the Turkish Empire, refers, as having been seen by him. It was, however, only the official report, transmitted by Paul Jones to the Admiralty of the Black Sea, that this gentleman could have

This singular narrative, which so confidently gives the lie to all the Russian statements of that momentous campaign, is written in French. In the following work the language of the original is as closely adhered to as is admissible even in the most literal translation. Several passages have been omitted, and others curtailed, as they refer merely to technical details, which might have unduly swelled this work, without adding much to its interest. Much of the voluminous official correspondence which passed between Paul Jones and the other commanders during the campaign is also omitted. These pieces justificatives were only intended to corroborate, or elucidate, the narrative; they are, save in a few instances which are cited, not particularly interesting

Besides the above papers and documents, the editor has been furnished with the letters written by Paul Jones to his relations in Scotland, from the time that he was a ship-boy at Whitehaven till he died an Admiral in the Russian service,

and the wearer of several Orders. From these materials an sport or victim.

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attempt has been made to exhibit, for the first time, the real character of this remarkable and distinguished individual, fairly, but liberally,-keeping clear of hyperbole and exaggeration on the one hand, and of prejudice and misrepresentation on the other. Of each of these, the reputation, and true character of Paul Jones, have long been the alternate

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PORTRAIT OF PAUL JONES. FRONTISPIECE.
TITLE PAGE. MEDALLION FROM THE CONGRESS MEDAL.
TAIL PIECE

Page 6 INITIAL LETTER.

11 TAIL PIECE

21 INITIAL LETTER..

22 HOISTING THE AMERICAN FLAG..

28 SAILING OF JONES'S SQUADRON.

30 ESCAPE FROM THE SOLEBAY.

34 ACTION WITH THE MILFORD

34 WRECK OF THE HAMPDEN....

35 DESTRUCTION OF THE TRANSPORT.

37 TAIL PIECE..

43 INITIAL LETTER..

49 THE FIRST SALUTE.

52 SINKING OF THE BRIGANTINE.

54 ESCAPE OF THE REVENUE WHERRY.

55 EXPEDITION TO WHITEHAVEN..

57 DESCENT ON WHITEHAVEN...

60 DESCENT ON ST. MARY'S ISLE.

62 ACTION BETWEEN THE RANGER AND THE DRAKE.

64 RELEASE OF THE IRISHMEN. TAIL PIECE

75 INITIAL LETTER.

76 TAIL PIECE ....

.100 INITIAL LETTER.

..101 PORTRAIT-LA FAYETTE.

104 STORM OFF THE COAST OF SCOTLAND..

..113 ADVENTURE ON THE COAST OF FIFE..

..117 TAIL PIECE

119 INITIAL LETTER..

120 MEETING OF THE FLEETS

121 ADVENTURE OFF THE HUMBER.

.122 THE RICHARD AND SERAPIS. BEGINNING OF THE ACTION. . 124 THE RICHARD AND SERAPIS. CLOSE ACTION......

125 ACTION BETWEEN THE RICHARD AND SERAPIS.

.128 SINKING OF THE BON HOMME RICHARD

131 PORTRAIT-COMMODORE DALE ,

.133 PORTRAIT-ROBERT MORRIS

..151 ESCAPE OF THE ALLIANCE..

.153

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