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Maritime Papers: Letters of Marque and Reprisal

 Series — Box: Maritime Papers: Letters of Marque and Reprisal, 1776-1780
Identifier: C#00185

Scope and Contents

Record of commissions granted to captains authorized to engage & seize British merchant vessels as private men of war. Includes requests made to governor for issuance by ship owners, merchant backers or interested parties with reference to tonnage, armament, officers & crew, military stores, etc. as well as copy of instructions issued by Congress to commanders of vessels so commissioned.


  • 1776-1780

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.02 Cubic Feet (1 volume) ; Volume 12" x 15" x 3"


Privateer commissions granted by the Governor, 1776 - 1780



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