with their consent, with a view to effecting an amicable adjustment of the dispute. A general name given to the diplomatic representatives sent by one state to another, including ambassadors, envoys, and residents. In ecclesiastical law. A person ordained according to the usages of some church or associated body of Christians for the preaching of the gospel and filling the pastoral office. In practice. An officer of justice, charged with the execution of the law, and hence termed a “ministerial officer;” such as a sheriff, bailiff, coroner, sheriff’s officer. Britt. c. 21. An agent; one who acts not by any inherent authority, but under another.

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