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CONTENTS

Disposition of the Dutch admiral on our arrival off the Texel, on the coast of Hol-

land,

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Commodore Jones's little squadron enters the Texel,

56

Description of the Texel and Helder—the dykes and the Dutch,

57

The behaviour of the English Captain, late commander of the Serapis, towards

the American commodore,

58

Demand of Sir Joseph Yorke (English ambassador at the Hague), made to the

Dutch government, for the restitution of the ships of

war,

their officers and

crews, captured by Com. Jones, .

59

Exchange of the English officers and men, prisoners of war, and the reception of the

American commodore at Amsterdam,

60

Manoeuvres of the Dutch government,

61

The American commodore shifts his flag on board of the Alliance frigate,

61

Some observations on a journal found on board of the Serapis, kept by a midship-

man who belonged to her, and who was killed in the action,

62

An English squadron blockades the Texel,

63

Form of the certificate given by Capt, Jones to each of his midshipmen,

64

His manner of behaviour towards them, .

65

The insolent behaviour of the Dutch admiral towards Capt. Jones while at the

Texel,

66

The Alliance frigate sails from that place on a cruise,

67

She arrives in Caronia in Spain,

70

Description of that place, and of the Spanish nobility,

71

Jones's crew shew a disposition to mutiny,

71

The Alliance sails from Caronia on a cruise,

72

Capt. Jones's conduct towards his officers and crew while on the cruise,

72

The Alliance arrives in L'Orient in France,

73

She is taken from Capt, Jones by Capt. ---, her former commander, in a clan-

destine manner,

75

Sundry transactions which grew out of this manoeuvre,

76

Jones's reception at Paris, by the king and queen of France,

78

He obtains the command of a sloop of war, and sails for America,

79

This vessel loses her three masts, rides out a very tremendous gale of wind, in the

Bay of Biscay, and returns back to L'Orient,

80

Treatment of a young man by Capt. Jones, who had embarked on board of his ship

as a passenger,.

82

Jones's grand festival on board of his ship, and sham-fight,

89-92

Biographic sketch of the life and character of John Paul Jones, Esq., .

95-108

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Sketch of Capt. Parsons' character, formerly commander of the Serapis,

A sketch of the character of Richard Dale, Esq.,

The author arrives at Morlaix in France, and engages as second captain on board a

privateer,

Description of that place,

Sundry remarks on a cruise,

Description of the harbour of Brest, and the slaves confined there,

The author is made a prisoner by the English,

Description of a cock fight near Falmouth (England),

The author is exchanged, and arrives in France,.

Embarks for America, and is cast away, .

Description of the beggars in France,

of the city of Caen, in Normandy,

-of Havre de Grace,

of Ostend, .

The author makes a cruise in a privateer, during which she captures a number of

prizes,

Description of Cherbourg in France, .

The author (from Dunkirk) makes two voyages to London-at the time same holds

a commission against the English-by the way of Ostend,

Description of the city of Canterbury, and of the English mode of hanging sailors,

The author is invested with the command of the Eclipse privateer, and sails on a

cruise, during which he captures several English letters of marque of superior

force, and other prizes, and returns to Dunkirk,

He receives a commission as lieutenant in the French Navy,

He sails from Dunkirk again on another cruise, and captures several vessels out of

an English feet-is taken and carried into Dover-his prizes arrive safe in

Dunkirk, ..

He is exchanged and returns to Dunkirk by the way of Calais,

The author, for the last time, sails from Dunkirk on a cruise-was captured by an

English frigate-his treatment on board of the same, .

The frigate is captured by the French fleet, and the author is again set at liberty,

Conduct of the French admiral towards him,

The treatment towards his officers and men,

Conduct of the author's first lieutenant, .

Description of Dunkirk-also of canals-their use and convenience,

The manner of hanging criminals in France,

of executing criminals in Germany,

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EDITOR'S PREFACE

Though the life of John Paul Jones has been written by several biographers, none of them have made much use of Fanning's Narrative, which is the most circumstantial account of the Bon Homme Richard and Serapis fight, and has the double advantage of being the first in point of time and the only one from the standpoint of any but a senior officer-Fanning being but a midshipman at the time and therefore seeing things from a point of view differing from Jones's or from Dale's as first lieutenant.

The “Narrative” apparently went through two editions (New York, 1806 and 1808); the first anonymously, the second under Fanning's name; but it is quite possible that they are one and the same, save for a different title-page and date, and the omission of twenty-one pages of scandalous matter.

It is one of the rarest items of Americana-Mr. Sabin catalogues but two copies, in the libraries of Harvard and the Boston Atheneum. The Editor has found a third-in the New York Society Library and a fourth was sold lately for $75. Buell, in his life of Jones, refers to an edition of 1825, published in New London, Conn., but as no such New London imprint is known to bibliographers he may be referring to the “Life of Commodore John Paul Jones and Memoirs of Captain Nathaniel Fanning, who served during part of the American Revolution, and died in the service of the United States, at Charleston, South Carolina. Lexington, Ky. Printed for W. Johnson, 1825."

We have had the opportunity of consulting the only copy of

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