Triumphs and Treacheries.
And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.
COMMODORE HOPKINS was meantime working desperately but confusedly to build at Providence, Rhode Island, two ships of the eight new ones ordered by Congress. So slow was his progress that on August 23d he was ordered to go to Philadelphia and face an inquiry. Dismissal seemed probable, but John Adams girded himself and got Hopkins off with a vote of censure which was kept secret, causing John Jay to write: "I cannot think of it with patience; nothing but more than ladylike delicacy could have prevailed on your august body to secret the sentence they passed upon that petty genius."
Hopkins was then ordered to go to Newfoundland and attack the fisheries there, but he could not get ready. He was next ordered to sail on a southern cruise with the Alfred, Columbus, Cabot and Hampden, but he could not get ready for this either, complaining, with cause, that privateers were enticing away all the best seamen and shipbuilders. Finally, with exasperated curses for Congress, he directed Jones to do what he could not do himself, while he remained behind to fight for legislative measures aimed at privateers. Jones's orders were to destroy the Newfoundland fisheries and to attempt the rescue of a hundred American prisoners working in the coal mines at the