This time there can be no doubt: it was modesty that caused the secretary of legation, in placing himself, to turn this portion of his seat outward, away from the eyes of his companions--to present it to the balustrade of the deck.
It seemed to him strange that such a nice-looking girl--for her appearance was really charming--should endeavour by arts so flagrant to work upon the quiet dignity of a secretary of legation.
Shortly after this his older brother, Gansevoort Melville, sailed for England as secretary of legation
to Ambassador McLane, and the manuscript was intrusted to Gansevoort for submission to John Murray.
His diplomatic career began in 1909 when he was appointed a secretary of legation
in Honduras (witnessing a revolution in that country, he later noted that "Central American revolutions of this character were not the opera-bouffe affairs which they are commonly supposed to be").