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

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CHAPTER XXI
RETURN TO AMERICA

ON the 1st of October, 1779, pursuant to the advice which had many times been tendered to the marine committee by Jones, a board of admiralty had been appointed, and to this body had now been delegated the duty of investigating the causes of the detention in Europe of the military stores intended for Washington's armies. On the 19th of February, 1781, the board laid before Congress sundry letters from Franklin bearing upon the matter. On the motion of Mr. Bee and Mr. Varnum, it was resolved to summon Captain Paul Jones, lately arrived from France, to appear before Congress on the following Monday to lay before them every information in his power relative to the detention of the clothing and arms belonging to the United States in France and that the doors be open during such examination. After debate a motion was made by Mr. Samuel Adams that the further consideration thereof be postponed, and this motion passed in the affirmative.

This prompt summons for Jones to appear before Congress, and to be examined with "open doors," was in response to the general and public indignation in regard to the detention of the supplies during a time when Washington's armies were in the most needy condition

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