The statute authorizing letters of marque in 1812 expired with the war.
Letters of marque were granted by the Governor of the Mauritius.
Clippers of all kinds and sizes were bought up at enormous prices, and rapidly transformed into privateers and letters of marque.
Also a colloquialism for marque, as a letter of mart or marque.
Letters of marque were given to contractors, and friends of government, for what?
Of course we are really a trader, though we do carry a letter of marque.
She shall, in time of war, grant no letters of marque and reprisal.
"You mean she is able to see anybody on the platform," said marque, confused and astounded.
Even if he exceeded the provisions of his letter of marque he was responsible to Parliament alone.
No; and I'll tell you why we ain't likely to see his Letters of marque: because he ain't got any.
"seizure by way of reprisal," mid-15c., in letters of marque "official permission to capture enemy merchant ships," from Anglo-French mark (mid-14c.), via Old French from Old Provençal marca "reprisal," from marcar "seize as a pledge, mark," probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German marchon "delimit, mark;" see mark (n.1)), but the sense evolution is difficult.