By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2017-04-01
Their most illustrious Excellencies of Cynnabar, Ermenrich and
Kasha, being credibly informed that Their most loving, faithful,
and obedient Jack Black of Flint be very desirous to prepare and
equip sundry ships and vessels at his own costs for the
annoyance of Their Excellencies’ enemies, have resolved and
determined as hereafter followeth:
First, Their Excellencies grant unto Jack Black of Flint Their
Award of the Elephant’s Heart, that he may serve Their populace
as a recognized member thereof.
Further, Their Excellencies give full power and license to Jack
Black of Flint that he may prepare and equip to the seas so many
ships and vessels as he shall be able for his advantage and the
annoyance of Their Excellencies’ enemies. And he shall enjoy to
his own use and profit all such merchandise, which he shall take
of any of Their Excellencies’ said enemies. This license is
provided always that he shall not presume to take anything from
any of Their Excellencies’ populace.
Let none countermand Our words.
Adapted from a letter of marque (1543) issued by King Henry VIII of England (1491-1547).
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