SEA LETTERsea letter. Hist. A manifest issued during a war by authorities of a port where a neutral vessel is fitted, certifying the vessel’s nationality, specifying the nature of and destination of the vessel’s cargo, and allowing the vessel to sail under the neutral flag of its owner. ? The last sea letter was issued at the Port of New York in 1806, and the use of sea letters was discontinued by proclamation of President James Madison. ¡ª Also spelled sea-letter.
¡ª Also termed sea brief; sea pass; passport.
¡°Our laws require masters of vessels, on entering a port for traffic, to lodge with the consul their registers, sea-letters, and passports ….¡± Theodore D. Woolsey, Introduction to the Study of International Law 161¨C62 (5th ed. 1878).
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