and any vessel they were in,

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enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is coming from Colonel Jack by Daniel Defoe:
Context: Colonel Jack was detained by Corregidore (a kind of Mayor). He did not allow him to act freely stating law is against that.
So another authorative person, the governer intervened and said following things. What I am not sure of is if "passport" modifies to "any vessel they were in" too?
Otherwise, this phrase seems to me up in the air.

Upon this the governor was so kind as to say he would get me a passport for anybody that should bring the money, and any vessel they
were in, by his own authority, and for their safe returning, and taking me with them, provided I would answer for it that they should
bring no European or other goods whatever with them,
 
  • Andygc

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    At the time Defoe was writing a passport was a permit to enter and leave a port. The governor is offering passports for people and passports for the ships they are sailing in, not one document covering both ship and passengers.
     

    Andygc

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    Each person and each ship would have needed its own document. The ship's passport would, of course, cover the crew (as long as they remained on board), but not the passengers.
     
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