I have a letter of marquis.i. Want to make the spanish friendlyformy ships. I use the letter to make the spanish friendly then on my next turn i bribe the govenor. Now that he is bribed i want to retire the pirate. The other player holds The doube cross card. What we want to know is can he use the double cross card even though i am not using te letter of marquis card to retire but instead simply tomake spanish ports friendly. Does this get aroundthe double cross?
A pirate cannot bribe any governor corresponding to the Letter of Marque(LoM) the pirate holds. See last bullet point under section 9.33. In your case, since you have a Spanish LoM, you cannot bribe any Spanish governors. You need to use your LoM to retire in a Spanish port. Upon using the LoM, your opponent can play his Double Cross card.
You can bribe a pro-pirate governor of another nationality and retire. Your opponent could not use his Double Cross card in this case.