His singular intelligence and propriety of conduct excited the wonder, and, in some degree, the respect of his ship-mates, at the same time that they gained him the esteem and the confidence of his employer, who promised to give him the proof of his approbation. It was a bloody battle with the two ship literally locked in combat. Georges, channel and the, irish Sea, where he took a number of prizes. Potter (1824) was to secure remuneration for Potter's military service rather than to spin a thrilling tale of intrigue. For the inheritors of the Revolution, to use Joyce Appleby's phrase, at least to the book-buying public, the static portrait of the stalwart patriot was often shelved in favor of the excitement of the rakish marauder.
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Jones' reply: "I have not yet begun to fight!". From his earliest years he manifested a decided predilection for a seafaring life, and at the age of twelve, was apprenticed as a mariner to a Mr Young, a respectable merchant in Whitehaven, whence he made his first voyage in 1760, in the ship Friendship. Happily for his lordship, he was not at home, and Jones, as he approached the house, and learned that there were only ladies within it, wished to return to his ship without farther procedure; but his followers had no such exalted ideas. The wind, however, which was fair when he made his appearance, shifted during the night, and the next day he continued working up the firth with great labour and slow progress. Printing Office, Washington,.C.
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