Letters of Marque

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"As the BBC fellow described it: "A letter of marque was the license issued allowing a privately owned vessel to attack those of an enemy nation. Quite a lot of this went on in England's war with Spain during the sixteenth century when the privateers literally indulged in official piracy." Everyone in the band stretches out and takes a solo on this one." (Reaching For The Uncommon Chord, p. 35)