from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A document formerly issued by the civil authorities of a port in which a vessel is fitted out.
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Having perfect confidence in your good faith, and therefore without a suspicion of any fraud intended in the present case, I could have wished sincerely to grant the sea-letter; but besides the letter of the law which ties me down, the public security against a partial dispensation of justice, depends on its being dispensed by certain rules.
A full set of ships 'papers seems to have consisted, at least in Dutch practice, of a bill of health (see doc.no. 197), a sea-letter or let-pass (docs.nos. 129, 130), a muster-roll (_rôle d'équipage_) or shipping-articles of the crew, and a clearance for the cargo.] _Interro.