The Life of John Paul Jones; Written from Original Letters and Manuscripts in Possession of His Relatives, and from the Collection Prepared by John Henry Sherburne. Together with Chevalier Jones' Own Account of the Campaign of the Liman

The Life of John Paul Jones; Written from Original Letters and Manuscripts in Possession of His Relatives, and from the Collection Prepared by John Henry Sherburne. Together with Chevalier Jones' Own Account of the Campaign of the Liman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... of his majesty the King of France, was, that they should be exchanged for French prisoners at the Texel; France giving the same number in France, to exchange against the Americans in England. This was effected with a great deal of difficulty. The hundred of whom Jones speaks, in the letter to Franklin last quoted from, were the sick and wounded who had been landed at the Fort, and whom he persevered in retaining, under his express agreement with Captain Pearson. A proposition to give Jones a French commission was now made by direction of M. de la Sartine, and communicated by the ambassador, which excited the indignation of Jones in no small degree; and it will not be thought, under all the circumstances, that he expressed it in language, either too strong or not sufficiently respectful. He thus addressed the French ambasssador, on the 13th of December: My Loed, --"Perhaps there are many men in the world who would esteem as an honor 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 letter of marque! I should, my lord, esteem myself inexcusable, were I to accept even a commission of equal denomination to that I bear, unless 1 were previously authorized by Congress, or some other competent authority in Europe. And I must tell you, that on my arrival at Brest from the Irish Channel, Count d'Orvilliers offered to procure for me from court, a commission of 'Captaine de Vaisseau, ' which I did not then accept for the same reason, although the war between France and England was not then begun, and of course the commission of France would have protected me from an enemy of superior force. "It is a matter of the highest...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689572X
  • 9781236895721