In the London Custom House there are two manifests or reports made by John Paul Jones to local customs officials when he was master of the ship John. These bear the signature "John Paul," which is exceedingly rare, as nearly all the Jones papers in existence were written subsequent to the time when he changed his name. One of these manifests is dated August 30, 1769, and is the earlier of the two, if my memory serves me right. Through the kindness of Mr. Henry Atton, librarian of the customs library in London, who used this manifest in his book, "The King's Customs," it is here reproduced in facsimile.
A Report of John Paul, Master of the Ship John
By Charles O. Paullin