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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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Many rookies from 1993 had been rotated through parliamentary secretaryships, committee chairs, vice-chairs and felt that there was no real career ladder, just a roller coaster that never hit the heights of power and inevitably ended up where it started.
FILLM should investigate American sites for some of its activities: websites, administrative functions such as secretaryships and treasurer positions, publishing activities.
And, as the ultimate blow to the concept, many of the assistant secretaryships for administration ultimately went to political appointees too, chosen by the usual criteria and serving for the usual short tenure, and often with limited vision as to what the improvement of management could accomplish.