Published Resources Details Journal Article
- Good Writing Matters
- U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
- vol. 132, no. 5, 38838, p. 118
"In January 1777, writing to the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress, John Paul Jones summed up the qualities he believed essential to a naval officer; "None other than a gentleman as well as a seaman both in theory and practice, is qualified to support the character of a commissioned officer in the Navy; nor is any man fit to command a ship of war who is not also capable of communicating his ideas on paper in language that becomes his rank."