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 for Writer to the signet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Signet \Sig"net\, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim.
     of signe. See Sign, n., and cf. Sennet.]
     A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the
     sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by
     bill under the sign manual; -- called also privy signet.
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           I had my father's signet in my purse.    --Shak.
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     Signet ring, a ring containing a signet or private seal.
     Writer to the signet (Scots Law), a judicial officer who
        prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the
        office of the secretary of state.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Writer \Writ"er\, n. [AS. wr[imac]tere.]
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     1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
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              They [came] that handle the pen of the writer.
                                                    --Judg. v. 14.
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              My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. --Ps. xlv.
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     2. One who is engaged in literary composition as a
        profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
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              This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth
              defile.                               --Shak.
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     3. A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East
        India Company, who, after serving a certain number of
        years, became a factor.
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     Writer of the tallies (Eng. Law), an officer of the
        exchequer of England, who acted as clerk to the auditor of
        the receipt, and wrote the accounts upon the tallies from
        the tellers' bills. The use of tallies in the exchequer
        has been abolished. --Wharton (Law. Dict.)
     Writer's cramp, Writer's palsy or Writer's spasm
        (Med.), a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of
        the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing,
        violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also
        scrivener's palsy.
     Writer to the signet. See under Signet.
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