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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.

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Even so, he continued to look over his shoulder to a possible career in politics; as late as 1970 the possibility of the general secretaryship of the Labour Party led to 'some agonising'.
Through her Secretaryship of the Central Council for School Broadcasting, she also ensured it was rooted within the wider British educational establishment (Briggs, 1965; Palmer, 1947).
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Jiang Zemin, for example, publicly announced the promotion of Jia Qinglin and Huang Jii several weeks before he handed over the CCP general secretaryship to Hu Jintao in November 2002.
1977: 'The secretaryship of the Colonial Social Science Research Council: a reminiscence', Anthropological Forum 4 (2): 239-448 (103-12).
Fred James, Administrator of Lagos, newly appointed to the Colonial Secretaryship of the Straits Settlements; Mr F C Fuller, Commissioner for Ashanti, and Mrs Fuller; and a number of Nigerian and other civil servants.
Furthermore, Leinonen notes, "[D]uring Byrnes's secretaryship configurations in the field of power politics were created that could not subsequently be dismantled.
They wrote: "The social decadence of the Rangers may be dated from the day Mr Peter McNeil resigned the match secretaryship and JW Mackay took it up.
who sometimes did the secretaryship, stole his documents and gave them to the debtors.
NO loss to the diplomatic service, Andrew Halstead has risen to the secretaryship of the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham.
He added: "The secretaryship of Cardiff Business Club was certainly something different - certainly not a passive, non-executive, trustee, council member type role where the work is done by staff for a part time executive.
37) Losing one's obkom first secretaryship at the reunification of the obkom structures in the winter of 1964-65 virtually guaranteed that one's subsequent career would not match the average of those who were to come later in unified obkoms.