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About document 27

A declaration for letters of marque for John Jelfe's Jamaica Gally, dated 22 April 1708.

(Catalogue reference: HCA 26/13 folio 76)

This document is a declaration in support of an application for letters of marque. The declaration specifies details of the ship, its armaments, crew and its officers. The letters of marque authorised the commander of a private vessel to attack enemy merchant vessels and seize goods in time of war. The captain signed a declaration and, with two sureties, executed a bail or recognisance that the terms of the commission would be observed and that the Lord High Admiral's dues and proper customs duties would be paid on the prizes (goods) taken.

Please note:

  • The document is written in a mixed cursive hand with secretary forms of 'e' and 'r'.


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