The Life and Letters of John Paul Jones - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXV
CLOSING YEARS AND DEATH

IT was Jones's intention, on leaving St. Petersburg, to revisit Copenhagen, going first to Berlin to witness a great review of the Prussian troops; but on his arrival in Warsaw he was advised by his friends not to appear at the courts of those capitals under the existing political conditions. In a letter to the Chevalier Bourgoing, French minister to Hamburg, to whom Count de Segur had recommended him, he wrote:

As it was known that I had left Russia dissatisfied, and as my enemies had insinuated that I might accept a command in the Swedish Navy, I thought it wise to give them no handle against me and had therefore remained for two months in Warsaw, where I was treated with the greatest politeness by the king and people of fashion.

From Warsaw he sent to the Empress the journal of his American campaigns, which she had once requested, together with an abridged account of his military operations in Russia, calculated to enlighten her regarding the falsity of the official reports and the misrepresentations of his enemies. In his letter he protested his innocence of the charges against him and his undiminished devotion, with a moving candor and simplicity which should have melted the alienated

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