Paul Jones

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Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1901 - Biography & Autobiography - 126 pages

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Page 45 - I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast. For I intend to go in harm's way.
Page 46 - I made acquainted with the circumstance before the fleet returned here. " Thus have I been chained 'down to shameful inactivity for nearly five months. I have lost the best season of the year, and such opportunities of serving my country and acquiring...
Page 75 - Perhaps there are many men in the world, who would esteem as an honour the commission that I have this day refused. My rank from the beginning knew no superior in the marine of America; how then must I be humbled were I to accept a...
Page 33 - Though 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.
Page 88 - Insulted freedom bled ; I felt her cause, And drew my sword to vindicate her laws From principle, and not from vain applause. I've done my best ; self-interest far apart, And self-reproach a stranger to my heart. My zeal still prompts, ambitious to pursue The foe, ye fair ! of liberty and you ; Grateful for praise, spontaneous and unbought, A generous people's love not meanly sought ; To merit this, and bend the knee to beauty...
Page 26 - The flag and I are twins; born the same hour from the same womb of destiny. We cannot be parted in life or in death. So long as we can float we shall float together. If we must sink, we shall go down as one.
Page 86 - No matter what the faults of Commodore Jones may be, ... I must confess to your ladyship that when face to face with him neither man nor, so far as I can learn, woman can for a moment resist the strange magnetism of his presence, the indescribable charm of his manner...
Page 96 - Monarch to confer a mark of his favor, which can only be obtained by a long and honorable service, or by the performance of some brilliant action. That you may long enjoy the reputation you have so justly acquired, is the sincere wish of, Sir, your most obedient, and very humble servant, GEORGE WASHINGTON.
Page 95 - 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 by which he has added lustre to his character, and to ,the American arms...
Page 27 - I was off this bay on the 13th inst., and sent my boat in the next day to know if the admiral would return my salute. He answered that he would return to me as the senior American Continental officer in Europe, the same salute...

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