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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Agent, n. Also: adgent, adjent, ajent. [e.m.E. agent (16th c.), L. agent-, agens.] One who acts for another, spec. in the transaction of legal business. 1558-66 Knox II. 314.
Maister Randolph, agent for the Quene of England
1590 Conv. Burghs I. 320.
Vmquhile William M‘Kartney, sumtyme thair agent
1591 Ib. 359.
The rest to be payit be the generall collectour or adgent
1622-6 Bisset I. 155/27.
That na Maisser sall grant ony accese, to ony sic persones as ar called agentis
1672 Acts VIII. 86/1.
Several persones, being neither Advocats nor Advocats servants, doe take vpon them, undir the name of Agents, to medle and negotiate in processes
1689 Glasgow B. Rec. 420.
Mr. Iohn Buchan, ajent to the burrowes

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