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Written by Myretta
(10/3/2011 6:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 5: "The last office of the four carriage-horses..., penned by Glenn
The use of "office" to mean a duty is still an active definition and one that I have read in contemporary texts. The OED's third definition of office is "That which one ought to or has to do in the way of service; that which is required or expected." And I've linked the Merriam-Webster definition below. You'll see that #4 is the same usage.
|Office definition at Merriam-Webster|
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