from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A document formerly issued by the civil authorities of a port in which a vessel is fitted out.


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  • Having perfect confidence in your good faith, and therefore without a suspicion of any fraud intended in the present case, I could have wished sincerely to grant the sea-letter; but besides the letter of the law which ties me down, the public security against a partial dispensation of justice, depends on its being dispensed by certain rules.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3 Thomas Jefferson 1784

  • A full set of ships 'papers seems to have consisted, at least in Dutch practice, of a bill of health (see 197), a sea-letter or let-pass (docs.nos. 129, 130), a muster-roll (_rôle d'équipage_) or shipping-articles of the crew, and a clearance for the cargo.] _Interro.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Illustrative Documents 1898


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