Paul Jones: His Exploits in English Seas during 1778-1780

Paul Jones: His Exploits in English Seas during 1778-1780

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Paul Jones: His Exploits in English Seas during 1778-1780

Paul Jones: His Exploits in English Seas during 1778-1780

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John Paul Jones has received a liberal share of historical attention, as the bibliography which forms a large part of this volume shows, since he "stepped forth as a free citizen of the world, in defence of the violated rights of mankind." Research and romance have alike combined to exalt and immortalize his fame. Coming into possession not long ago of the files of the London daily newspapers for 1778-1779, I was struck with the fine English and clear statements of the writers of the day in recording the exploits of the naval adventurer, and conceived the notion that if these were aligned they would form a better record of the two campaigns than that furnished by any historian. So I have ventured to put them together.

The modern newspaper has little time for the accurate adjustment of news value. Exploration of the files for the establishment of basic facts is one of the sorest trials of the writers of history, because there is so much rumor, so much "spreading," so much desire to make the most of passing interest, and so great a tendency to prefer anticipation to conclusion. Besides, few events are complete in themselves and must be judged by their ultimate, and often remote, results, suggesting a rather necessary "bull," to wit: that many . . .

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