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Whereas, by Her Majesty’s Commission under the Great Seal of Avalon, the Queen’s Commission for executing the office of the High Admiral are required and authorized to issue forth and grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal to any of Her Majesty’s subjects or others, who we shall deem fitly qualified in that Behalf for apprehending, seizing, and taking the Ships, Vessels, and Goods belonging to those who are acknowledged enemies of the Queen and the Crown of Avalon or to any persons who the bearer of this document has judged to be enemies of the Queen and the Crown of Avalon; and that these persons shall be brought to Justice within Her Majesty’s Courts, or if such a order cannot be carried out with due swiftness, that the bearer of this document shall render his Judgment within the jurisdiction of the Queen’s Good Name, according to the Laws of Admiralty and the Laws of Nations.
This document transfers these powers to the following good men and women, seen fit to accept these duty by the judgment of Ser Jeremiah Berek, Her Majesty’s High Admiral. Their ships shall be mounted with guns and cannons, armed with marines, and shall defend the ports and cities of Avalon. They shall capture any Goods and Belongings held by pirates and return them to Avalon’s shores; those ships who do not fly the Avalon flag and seek the downfall of Her Majesty the Queen are, under the laws of Admiralty, guilty of treason against the Avalon Crown and shall be treated accordingly by the bearers of this document. Any man who serves the bearers of this document shall receive a Commission to which the Captain of the Vessel and the Crown see fit and shall henceforth be given the title of “Noble Sailor” and shall be treated as the Laws of the Land prescribe.
We do ask that all those who consider themselves friends of the Crown of Avalon and Her Majesty do recognize the bearer of this document and all who serve them as official represntitives of Her Majesty the Queen and afford them every favor, courtesy, accommodation, and service with the understanding that they shall receive like treatment in return for their inconvenience.
The bearers of this document shall keep a Journal of Proceedings and document all Prizes taken, the time and place of capture of such Prizes, the value of such Prizes and from what flag the Prizes were taken.
This letter of Marque and Reprisal shall expire exactly one year from the date of issue.This agreement is blessed by Her Majesty the Queen, and is bound by her Great Seal on this day, the 5th of Secundus, 1668