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In Congress, Wednesday, April 3, 1776: Instructions to the commanders of private ships or vessels of war, which shall have commissions or letters of marque and reprisal, authorising them to make captures of British vessels and cargoes
United StatesContinental Congress.Hancock, John1737-1793
Shipton & Mooney
Ford, W.C. Broadsides,
PrivateeringHistoryNaval operationsPrizes, etc
1 sheet ( p.) ; 35 x 23 cm.
Signed: by order of Congress, [John Hancock] president.
Bristol B4254 supplies Watertown, Mass. as the place of publication. Actually, Bristol is describing this Philadelphia edition with ms. annotations for vessels of Massachusetts.
The third and fourth lines end: war; make. In other editions the third and fourth lines end: vessels, them; shall, vessels; vessels, reprisal.
N-YHS copy signed in manuscript.