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

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CHAPTER XV
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THE audacity and astonishing success of Jones's second attack upon the coasts and commerce of England aroused a fury of rage and surprise throughout the kingdom, which expressed itself in numberless protests against the dilatory methods of the court and the admiralty. The indignation of the people was fully justified, for ample warning had been given of the presence of their dreaded enemy from the first moment of his appearance upon their coasts. The deserters in the barge all found their way to Tralee on August the 27th, whither Cutting Lunt with his men had followed and where the latter were arrested and cast into jail.

Expresses from this place were sent without delay to the government authorities at Dublin and Cork, but no action was taken until September 21, when the warship Ulysses and three Liverpool privateers were despatched on what proved to be a futile search for the hostile squadron.

When Jones appeared off Limerick, early in September, at the time when he intended to intercept the fleet of East Indiamen off the west coast of Ireland, the squadron was distinctly seen and recognized, and expresses sent instantly to London.1

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A letter dated the 10th of September from a lady in Limerick was published a few days later in the new Daily Advertizer. "About the 3rd.

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