Life and Character of the Chevalier John Paul Jones: A Captain in the Navy of the United States, During Their Revolutionary War ...

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Wilder & Campbell, 1825 - United States - 364 pages

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Page 193 - 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 ensure happiness.
Page 53 - I hope this cruel contest will soon be closed; but should it continue, I wage no war with the fair. I acknowledge their force, and bend before it with submission.
Page 38 - 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 265 - L'Orient on purpose ; which would not pay their expenses. " As the post is just going, I must defer answering . the letter you did me the honor to write me on the 3d, till another opportunity. " I am, with great esteem, &c. " NB I beg you therefore to write again to the Marechal de Castries.
Page 122 - Richard, the rudder was cut entirely off the stern frame, and the transums were almost entirely cut away; the timbers, by the lower deck especially, from the main-mast to the stern, being greatly decayed with age, were mangled beyond my power of description...
Page 119 - On the morning of that day, the 23d, the brig from Holland not being in sight, we chased a brigantine that appeared laying to, to windward. About noon, we saw and chased a large ship that appeared coming round Flamborough Head, from the northward, and at the same time I manned and armed one of the...
Page 119 - I manned and armed one of the pilot boats to send in pursuit of the brigantine, which now appeared to be the vessel that I had forced ashore. Soon after this, a fleet of forty-one sail appeared off Flamborough Head, bearing NNE This induced me to abandon the single ship which had then anchored in Burlington Bay ; I also called back the pilot boat, and hoisted a signal for a general chase.
Page ii - Wilson, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author and proprietor, in the words following...
Page 345 - But since, alas ! the rage of war prevails, And cruel Britons desolate our land, For freedom still I spread my willing sails, My unsheath'd sword my injured country shall command Go on, bright maid ! the muses all attend Genius like thine, and wish to be its friend. Trust me, although conveyed through this poor shift, My New-Year's thoughts are grateful for thy giftfr LINES ADDRESSED TO A LADY.
Page 27 - And I do strictly charge and require all officers and soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as Captain. And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as...

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