The Tenth Renunciation
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head, The glorious Sun uprist: Then all averred, I had killed the bird That brought the fog and mist. 'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay, That bring the fog and mist.
SCARCELY had he straightened his sea legs when Jones learned he was to be investigated by Congress, according to a practice which that body has maintained ever since, particularly when the usual reaction has set in against excessive hero-worship. A scandal had been worked up about the delay in forwarding the supplies from France long needed by General Washington's miserably armed and worse clothed soldiers, and both Jones and Franklin had been made the targets of loose charges.
Jones soon learned who his enemies were. They included Samuel Adams, of Massachusetts, who disliked Jones on general principles; Commodore Gillon, who declared that Jones had improperly issued commissions to captains of "an amphibious squadron of French privateers"; and, of course, Arthur Lee, now a member of Congress. A list of forty-seven questions was submitted to Jones by John Brown, secretary of a newly formed board of admiralty. These questions required answers covering Jones's whole term overseas, from the time of his sailing in the Ranger to the date of his return.