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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1988
AUTHOR: John Paul Jones (1747–92)
QUOTATION: Whoever can surprize well must Conquer.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN PAUL JONES, letter to the American commissioners to France, February 10, 1778.—Papers of Benjamin Franklin, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reproduced courtesy of the APS Library.

This appears as “Who can surprise well must conquer” in John Paul Jones, Fighter for Freedom and Glory by Lincoln Lorenz, p. xiii (1943).