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