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Letter of Marque

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A commission authorising a privateer to make reprisals on a hostile nation till satisfaction for injury has been duly made. Here “marque” means march, or marca, a border-land (whence our “marquis,” the lords appointed to prevent border-incursions). A letter of marque or mart was permission given for reprisals after a border-incursion. Called jus marchium.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Let Drive (To)
Let us Eat and Drink; for tomorrow we shall Die (Isaiah xxii. 13)
Lethe
Lethean Dew
Letter-Gae
Letter-lock
Letter of Credit
Letter of Licence (A)
Letter of Marque
Letter of Orders (A)
Letter of Pythagoras (The)
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