Introduction Acknowledgments Abstract Log Articles of Agreement Bill of Health Bill of Lading Bill of Sale (1856) Bond for Duties (1825) Bonds for Foreign Voyages Charter Party Classification Certificate (1863) Clearance Certificate Coasting Permit (1809) Consular Certificates (Miscellaneous) Contribution Certificate "Morning Star" (1856) Convoy Instructions (ca. 1800) Crew List Customs Certificates and Forms (Miscellaneous) Drawback Forms and Certificates Enrolment Certificate Freight Circular (1857) Freight List (1857) Letter of Marque/Privateer Commission License (Coasting/Fishing Vessels) Logbook (1828) Manifest Marine Insurance Marine Society Membership Certificate (1839) Master Carpenter's Certificate/Measurement Certificate (1853) Master's Certificate (1861) Mediterranean Passport/Sea Letter Oaths and Affirmations Passenger List Pilot's License Port Rules and Regulations Portage Bill (1852) Receipts (Miscellaneous) Registry Certificate/Ship's Register Sailing Card (ca. 1860) Sailing Orders (1830) Seamen's Protection Certificate Shipbuilding Agreements and Contracts Steamboat Regulatory Documents Whalemen's Shipping Paper (1840) Appendix Selected Bibliography

American Maritime Documents, 1776-1860 - Stein, Douglas L.

Letter of Marque/Privateer Commission

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Commission granted by the "United States in Congress assembled" to the ship Samson during the American Revolution. The words Letter of Marque and privateer don not appear on the document, but its identity is made clear by instructions for the vessel "to fit out and set forth...in a warlike manner...and by force of arms to attack, subdue, seize, and take all ships and other vessels...belonging to the King or Crown of Great Britain...." The document measures approximately 16" X 13", is printed on heavy grade paper, and displays the congressional seal in the upper left-hand corner. (MSS. Coll., Peabody Museum, Salem, MA. Photo by Mark Sexton.)

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