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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mes(s)ager(e, n. [ME. (Ancr. R.) and e.m.E. messager, F. messager (OF. also messagier), f. message Message n.] A messenger; also fig. = Mes(s)inger(e n. 1409 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 71.
This endenture made … betwex noble men … commissairis and messageris of a hey & a michty prince [sc. to treat for peace]
1456 Hay II. 162/11.
For wys man sendis ay wis and traist messagere, and fulis sendis fulis
1533 Boece xi. xxi. 451 b.
Quhat the writaris, currouris, pursevantis, messageris … to thare feis suld craif
Ib. xv. xvi. 437.
This was the harrang proponit be messageris in presens of the king
1535 Stewart 27324. 1549 Compl. 94/9.
The messager of Sextus past to Tarquine Superbe, declarand his message
1558 Knox IV. 368.
The especial dutie of Goddes messagers is to preache repentance
1568 Q. Mary in Ellis Orig. Lett. i Ser. II. 254.
Guef ȝe fend a mit mesager
1584 Buccleuch Mun. II. 341.
As ane messager quha sall assur ȝou of [etc.]
1595 Colville Lett. 167.
His grace hes said resolvidly to hir majestie … and confirmed the same by his last messager that [etc.]
1653 J. Hope Diary 157.
A litle fascicull … which the messager had give me
fig. 1581-1623 James VI Poems II. 80/19.
No messager of prison'd Aeole blowes

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