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LIEUTENANT. This word has now a narrower meaning than it formerly had; its true meaning is a deputy, a substitute, from the French lieu, (place or post) and tenant (holder). Among civil officers we have lieutenant governors, who in certain cases perform the duties of governors; (vide, the names of the several states,) lieutenants of police, &c. Among military men, lieutenant general was formerly the title of a commanding general, but now it signifies the degree above major general. Lieutenant colonel, is the officer between the colonel and the major. Lieutenant simply signifies the officer next below a captain. In the navy, a lieutenant is the second officer next in command to the captain of a ship.

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The city officials and Lieutenancy of London were 'truly sensible of the great Loss of our most Excellent Queen', but received 'Comfort and Satisfaction' from the king's peaceful accession.
However, the appointment of a Catholic (Lord Talbot) to the lord lieutenancy was the best that political minds in London could come up with.
He had been able to sell it and purchase his lieutenancy for 1,190 [pounds sterling], plus a premium of 250 [pounds sterling].
It was not so much that Castelli had lost his intuition for what was dans I'air--Ileana was the eyes, Leo the ears (and Ivan Karp's liberal lieutenancy at the beginning should also be noted)--but that the terrain of what constituted the art of the moment had grown immensely broader, with new artists emerging alongside galleries and dealers of their own generation.
Charles II immediately issued a request to the Lord Mayor and Lieutenancy of the city to put down the riot that resulted in the arrest of a number of participants.
To apply for tickets write to West Midlands Lieutenancy, The Coach House, Wood Lane, Barston, West Midlands B92 OJL, or email wmlty@btconnect.
By exerting himself to procure William his lieutenancy, he plans to secure Fanny's devotion to himself, and he almost succeeds.
He also advised Chalmers that the most he could expect would be a Lieutenancy and "I think it would be unwise on your part to cut loose from the North-West where you have built up a business and a reputation.
Some officers, he said, were selling ranks to their friends, starting at $500 for a lieutenancy, charging recruits $100 apiece to enlist, and taking bribes from captured insurgent suspects - "who always have lots of money" - to let them go.
In addition, Muntons were honoured by the presence of Mr George Paul DL, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Ray Melvin, Vice Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council, Mrs Lesley Mayes, Deputy Mayor of Stowmarket Town Council and Mr Michael More, the Clerk of Lieutenancy.