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SECRETARY. An officer who, by order of his superior, writes letters and other instruments. He is so called because he is possessed of the secrets of his employer. This term wag used in France in 1343, and in England the term secretary was first applied to the clerks of the king, who being always near his person were called clerks of the secret, and in the reign of Henry VIII. the term secretary of state came into it.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A man who has been false to the Brotherhood is discovered sooner or later by the chiefs who know him--presidents or secretaries, as the case may be.
Villarel would travel with some sort of suite, a couple of secretaries at least.
One finds them at the tops of professions, with letters after their names; they sit in luxurious public offices, with private secretaries attached to them; they write solid books in dark covers, issued by the presses of the two great universities, and when one of them dies the chances are that another of them writes his biography.
She said transfers were made as and when there was need, saying seven of the tribal secretaries were transferred to new duty stations in 2018.
Vijaybhaskar has ordered all departmental Secretaries to put on hold the orders given by caretaker Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in July.
The roles and functions of political secretaries to ministers will be re-evaluated, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed today.
The secretaries committee is headed by Secretary Cabinet Division and includes all the other secretaries as its members.
Eight documents were signed at the meeting of the Committee of the Security Council Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization that was held today in Bishkek.
In his ruling he directed all administrative secretaries to make sure their presence within 10-minute and asked the Assembly Secretariat to inform Chief Minister and Chief Secretary about absence of their secretaries.
COUNCIL SECRETARIES: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Shafiullah Khan said on Wednesday that village council secretaries were the backbone of local government system.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reinstated three Permanent Secretaries whose appointments were reversed by the immediate past administration in 2014.

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