Letter Of Marque And Reprisal

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A commission granted by the government to a private individual, to take the property of a foreign state, or of the citizens or subjects of such state, as a reparation for an injury committed by such state, its citizens or subjects. A vessel loaded with merchandise, on a voyage to a friendly port, but armed for its own defense in case of attack by an enemy, is also called a “letter of marque.” 1 Boul. P. Dr. Com. tit. 3, § 2, p. 300. By the constitution (article 1, § 8, cl. 11), congress have power to grant letters of marque and reprisal. See Chit. Law Nat. 73; 1 Bl. Coram. 251; Viner, Abr. “Prerogative” (B 4) ; Comyn, Dig. “Prerogative” (B 4) ; Molloy, bk. 1, c. 2, § 10; 2 Wooddeson, Lect. 440; 2 C. Rob. Adm. 224; 5 C. Rob. Adm. 9, 260. And see “ReprisaL”

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