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Romance, Politics, or Madness? John Paul Jones and the Countess of Selkirk

Clark L. Beck, Jr.


Beck's discovery of an inscription in a book, "United States Magazine," (Philadelphia, 1779) from John Paul Jones to the Countess of Selkirk, Scotland, sets off an interesting line of speculation as to what happened when on April 22, 1778 Johns entered the Earl of Selkirk's masion with the intention of looting it. The incident began a very strange relationship between Jones and the Countess.

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