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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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For Nottage the Uruguay Round had been a 'major preoccupation' of his secretaryship. Representing the 'high water mark' of multilateralism, it involved complex negotiation, with fifteen groups going at once.
The latter, immediately after the elections, resigned from the Punjab League and joined the Unionist Party with a hope to obtain a parliamentary secretaryship in the Punjab Assembly which he got it.165
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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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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.