Bill of Lading
A document signed by the master of a ship in acknowledgment of
goods laden in his vessel. In this document he binds himself to deliver
the articles in good condition to the persons named in the bill,
certain exceptions being duly provided for. These bills are generally
in triplicate- one for the sender, one for the receiver, and one for
the master of the vessel.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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