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This of aim sheds some light on the low accurate contempt state of British gunnery during our War of 1812. close quarters that missing Firing was done on some ships by flint locks, but these missed so often that the priming quill was more popular. This was a split quill, full of powder, inserted The cartridge had already in the touch-hole of the gun. been punctured by a sharp wire thrust through the touchhole, so that when a slow match in the hands of the captain of the gun touched off the powder in the quill, All the the discharge followed almost instantaneously.
For brilliant victory, Jones was knighted by and On his France, presented a sword by the King. return to America in 1781, Congress gave him a vote of thanks, and appointed him to command the 74-gun ship America, then building at Portsmouth, N. H. As the his "Mackenzie, Life of Paul Jones, i, 205. 40 The United States Navy war was practically over, Jones s services as a naval officer were no longer needed. In 1783 he was sent to Paris to conduct negotiations regarding prizes of the Bonhomme Richard.
Jones was looked upon 24 From the painting by Cecilia Beaux, copyrighted, 1906, PAUL JONES by j U% l . Tyival iaiai The Cruise by some of his of the colleagues as 25 Ranger lukewarm to America, because he was a native of Scotland and had, from natural motives of generosity, been lenient to British prisoners. Also he had often boasted of his being a citizen of the world and of his having drawn his sword for the rights These last were ideas of the times, the fore of man. runners of the French Revolution.
A Short History of the United States NAavy by G. Clark, et al.,