letters of marque

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a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation

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Letters of Marque and Reprisal--All of which brings us to the
23) Despite the hesitation, letters of marque and privateers served a legitimate military purpose, (24) both in supplementing regular combat forces and crippling enemy commerce while protecting American commerce.
These data show the number of substantiated ships with letters of marque for each month of the War of 1812 in Baltimore, one of the principal ports engaged in the outfitting of privateers.
Indeed, in the Civil and Military Gazette on 31 May 1886 Kipling had written an article (unsigned as usual) describing how 'There is a gentleman of Bengal loose in the North American Review with letters of marque from the Editor to "sink, burn and destroy" all men and things English in India.
It makes the president commander in chief, (27) but at the same time it gives Congress many war-related powers, such as the power to declare war, to raise and support armies, to make rules for the government and regulation of the armed forces, and to grant letters of marque and reprisal.
WHEN Norrington is running from Jones's crew and falls, the letters of marque fall to the ground, as seen lying next to the head of the crew member at which he throws the chest.
Provided with letters of marque from the King, they set sail for Quebec aboard three ships in March 1628, with David in command.
Barreme (3) is the phrase in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that immediately follows the grant to Congress of the power "To declare War"--namely, the power to "grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.
Rudyard Kipling's Letters of Marque, subsequently published in From Sea to Sea (1900), were first published anonymously in Allahabad Pioneer from December 1887 to February 1888, and described his travels in the Native States of Rajputana.
45) The Constitution in Article I, Section 8, grants Congress the power to "declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
The king was antithetical to Islam and reduced diplomatic relations with Muslim rulers while issuing letters of marque to his subjects that encouraged them to seize Muslim ships and passengers.
In his Commentaries, he defined the King's prerogative broadly to include the right to send and receive ambassadors, to make war or peace, to make treaties, to issue letters of marque and reprisal (authorizing private citizens to undertake military actions), and to raise and regulate fleets and armies.
Mechtel begins her narration of Don Roberto's transformation from privateer to pirate in the fall of 1823, at the moment when the Spanish crown withdraws its letters of marque allowing private ships to capture and seize the cargo aboard ships entering Puerto Rican waters.
The Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power not only to declare war but "to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations," and to "grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
Hostilities between England and Spain had begun by the summer of 1624, but the GodSpeed has letters of marque entitling it to take reprisals against enemy shipping.