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Citation: marque
Language: French
References: The Letter of Marque, page 57
Meaning: mark, sign of authority


Originally, privateers' enabling documents were known either as 'letters of marque [authority]' or 'letters of reprisal', i.e., a document enabling seizure of enemy vessels. Gradually the document became known as a 'Letter of Marque and Reprisal', a somewhat unhandy phrase that incorrectly suggests that 'marque' and 'reprisal' are two different paths of action.

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