National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Papers of John Paul Jones

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John Paul Jones by Charles Wilson Peale, c1781


(Microfilm Edition)

Texas A & M University

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John Paul Jones (1747 –1792) was a Scottish sailor and the United State’s first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution. He is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the United States Navy."  In 1779, Captain Jones took command of the 42-gun USS Bonhomme Richard. During his engagement with HMS Serapis, Jones uttered, according to the later recollection of his first lieutenant, the legendary reply to a taunt about surrender from the British captain: "I have not yet begun to fight!" This is a comprehensive edition of 6,000 pages of originals and 5,000 pages of transcriptions including correspondence, miscellaneous writings, ships papers, financial accounts, judicial proceedings, and other papers collected by Jones. These documents reveal much about the Continental Navy, American diplomatic relations with Europe, and the Russo-Turkish War in the Black Sea.

10 reels, 178-page guide

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