As contrasted with the present, extreme simplicity marked the language and conditions of ocean bills of lading a century ago. Even as late as 1850, examples are not wanting where about one hundred and fifty words sufficed to state the contract of shipment, which simply acknowledged receipt of the goods "in good order and condition", and promised delivery "in like good order and condition."
Huebner, Solomon S. PhD, "The Brussels Rules" (2016). Solomon S. Huebner Documents. 139.