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

Adriance, Sherman & Company, 1851 - 408 Seiten

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Seite 187 - 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.
Seite 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.
Seite 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...
Seite 29 - States, or any other your superior officer, according to the rules and discipline of war, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you.
Seite 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...
Seite 117 - ... and within a few inches of the powder. In that dilemma I took out the powder upon deck, ready to be thrown overboard at the last extremity; and it was ten o'clock the next day, the 24th, before the fire was entirely extinguished. With respect to the situation of the Bon homme Richard...
Seite 39 - Resolved, 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.
Seite 116 - The English commodore asked me if I demanded quarters; and, I having answered him in the most determined negative, they renewed the battle with double fury.
Seite 115 - Richard, gained thereby several times an advantageous situation, in spite of my best endeavors to prevent it As I had to deal with an enemy of greatly superior force, I was under the necessity of closing with him. to prevent the advantage which he had over me in point of manoeuvre.
Seite 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...

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