letter of marque
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She might be a letter-of-marque, like ourselves, and vessels of that character did not take convoy.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
Blowing a gale of wind, and a very heavy sea, the frigate captured an American letter-of-marque.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)|A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Shortly afterward the Milford, accompanied by a British letter-of-marque, put in an appearance, and gave chase.The Story of John Paul Jones|Chelsea Curtis Fraser
I believed my land-service commission would protect me, but I asked for the letter-of-marque as an additional safeguard.
The scheme was not impossible for any one holding a privateer's commission, and I applied to Mr. Yancey for a letter-of-marque.