American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A document issued by a carrier to a shipper, listing and acknowledging receipt of goods for transport and specifying terms of delivery.
- n. shipping A document by which the master of a ship (or any other carrier) acknowledges receipt of goods for transport
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a written account of goods shipped by any person, signed by the agent of the owner of the vessel, or by its master, acknowledging the receipt of the goods, and promising to deliver them safe at the place directed, dangers of the sea excepted. It is usual for the master to sign two, three, or four copies of the bill; one of which he keeps in possession, one is kept by the shipper, and one is sent to the consignee of the goods.
- n. See under Bill.
- n. a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper acknowledging receipt of the goods being shipped and specifying the terms of delivery
“Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, June 19, 1723, to cover a bill of lading for 10 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to Nathaniel Burwell's estate that are being shipped on board the Michajah & Philip.”
“We have Inclos'd Sent you a Copy of yr: list with our Observations on those what we can do towards [illegible] recovering of those of all that we have any hopes of you may depend on; You have herein a bill of lading & a first bill of Exchange for the Tobacco & mony already mentioned We are Sr.”
“The bill of lading was inside the briefcase, folded into a hardcover book.”
“Robert Carter writes to London merchant John Pemberton, July 2 , 1723, following up on an earlier letter in which he had sent a bill of lading for 40 hogsheads of tobacco oon board the Vine.”
“Robert Carter writes to John Sterling and John Zuil, June 3, 1727, a newly-formed partnership, to send them a bill of lading (not present) for tobacco that he is shipping to them on board Captain Stephenson's ship.”
“This is only to accompany a bill of lading for ten hhds of Tobo belonging to Mr Burwells Estate & the”
“The cargo should be purchased on Cary’s account, landed at Le Havre, and directed to Le Couteulx, with the bill of lading sent to the London house.”
““The bill of lading on the container says it’s full of fiberglass insulation, refrigeration grade, to be delivered to the Captain of Construction, Amazon Mouth North.”
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