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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1624
AUTHOR: John Paul Jones (1747–92)
QUOTATION: An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN PAUL JONES, letter to Gouverneur Morris, September 2, 1782.—Robert Morris Letter Book, Rosenbach Collection No. 33, Manuscript Collection, U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. This sentence is reprinted in Lincoln Lorenz, John Paul Jones, Fighter for Freedom and Glory, p. xiv (1943).
SUBJECTS: Revolutionary War (1775–1783)