The Life and Character of John Paul Jones, a Captain in the United States Navy: During the Revolutionary War

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Adriance, Sherman & Company, 1851 - United States - 408 pages
 

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Page 29 - States, or any other your superior officer, according to the rules and discipline of war, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you.
Page 364 - The condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bounden who is appointed administrator on the estate of late of deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of...
Page 17 - None other than a gentleman, as well as a seaman both in theory and practice, is qualified to support the character of a commission officer in the navy; nor is any man fit to command a ship of war who is not also capable of communicating his ideas on paper, in language that becomes his rank.
Page 29 - The delegates of the United Colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina: To GEORGE WASHINGTON, ESQ.
Page 29 - And yon are to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as you shall receive from this or a future Congress...
Page 52 - When I was informed, by some men whom I met at landing that his lordship was absent, I walked back to my boat, determined to leave the island. By the way, however, some officers who were with me could not forbear expressing their discontent, observing that in America no delicacy was shown by the English...
Page 117 - I was determined to keep the Bon Homme Richard afloat, and, if possible, to bring her into port. For that purpose, the first lieutenant of the Pallas continued on board with a party of men, to attend the pumps, with boats in waiting, ready to take them on board in case the water should gain on them too fast. The wind augmented in the night, and the next day, the 25th, so that it was impossible to prevent the good old ship from sinking. They did not abandon her till after nine o'clock; the water was...
Page 53 - 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 good will among Mankind.
Page 114 - I endeavored by this means to decoy the ships out of the port, but the wind then changing, and with the tide becoming unfavorable for them, the deception had not the desired effect, and they wisely put back. The entrance of the Humber is exceedingly difficult and dangerous; and, as the Pallas was not in sight, I thought it not prudent to remain off the entrance. I therefore steered out again to join the Pallas off Flamborough Head.
Page 125 - I found it in vain, and, in short, impracticable, from the situation we were in, to stand out any longer with the least prospect of success. I therefore struck. Our mainmast at the same time went by the board.

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