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CHARTA. An ancient word which signified not only a charter or deed in writing, but any signal or token by which an estate was held.

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52) During the middle of the fourteenth century, local authorities began issuing letters of marque and reprisal, or chartae, to Italian merchants against foreign debtors.
Pardessus, Diplomata, chartae, epistolae, leges aliaque instrumenta ad res Gallo-francicas spectantia (Paris, 1849), 2:67-69, no.
Operae: Chartae Anglo Saxonicae: Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici.