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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Paul Jones

  • [A famous naval commander; born in Scotland, 1747; emigrated to Virginia; entered the colonial naval service, and sailed for England, 1777; burnt shipping at Whitehaven; commanded the “Bonhomme Richard,” 1779, and destroyed many British vessels, capturing the “Serapis;” entered the Russian service, 1788, but was dismissed from his command after a quarrel with an admiral; died in Paris, 1792.]
  • I have not yet begun to fight.

  • When asked by the captain of the “Serapis,” during a lull in the battle, if he had struck his colors. On hearing that the defeated captain had been knighted after the engagement, Jones said, “If I fall in with him again, I will make a lord of him.”