from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a list of the stations on board a man-of-war for men to take in time of action.
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I find, by her quarter-bill, that her crew consisted of 134 men, four of whom were absent in a prize.
Enclosed I have the honour to send you a list of killed and wounded on board the Constitution, and a report of the damages she has sustained; also a list of the killed and wounded on board the enemy, with his quarter-bill, &c.
The Commander of the 'Dart' did as he was requested, putting the quarter-bill of his ship into the hands of his unknown enemy, with an eye that was far too honest to condescend to bestow even a look on a being so much despised.