Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Roman empire, and in France till the revolution, an official scribe or scrivener having some of the functions of a notary. The tabellions were originally of higher rank than notaries, but afterward in France became subordinate to them. The title was abolished in 1761, except in certain seigniories.
- n. An official scribe who had some of the minor functions of a notary in the Roman Empire and pre-revolutionary France.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A secretary or notary under the Roman empire; also, a similar officer in France during the old monarchy.
“-- Tr. The tabellion, -- he called himself "tabellion," petty notary, and keeper of notes (making fun of his calling in order to seem above it),”
“Before me William Allen, notary and tabellion publicke dwelling in this Citty of London, by the Authority of the said Kings Majesty admitted and sworne, and in the presence of the witnesses here after named personnally appeared Sir William Davidson, Knight and Barronett, his Majestyes Royall Commissionner at Amsterdam in Holland, etca., at present in this Citty of London, one of the Gentlemen of his”
“It is certain that a tabellion  of Andelot in Champagne, Nicolas”
“Bailly was a man of sixty; he had been employed by the English in 1430, and by Cauchon -- he was a scrivener (_tabellion_) by profession -- to make investigations into the character of Joan in her native place.”
“About 1840 he related, at Mlle. Turquet's -- Malaga's -- home, then maintained by Cardot the notary, and in the presence of Bixiou, Lousteau and Nathan, who were invited by the tabellion, the tricks employed by Cerizet to obtain the face value of a note out of Maxime de Trailles.”
“I had an idea of becoming the writer, tabellion, and rubrican of the”
“-- the tabellion was on terms of spoken gallantry with Madame Soudry, who had a weakness for Lupin, though he was blond and wore spectacles.”
“Coming to the top of the staircase, up which he had been followed by a servant with a pallid countenance and a small pigtail clubbed at the back of his head, like one of Goya’s sacristans or a tabellion in an old play, Swann passed by an office in which the lackeys, seated like notaries before their massive registers, rose solemnly to their feet and inscribed his name.”
“a small pigtail clubbed at the back of his head, like one of Goya's sacristans or a tabellion in an old play, Swann passed by an office in which the lackeys, seated like notaries before their massive registers, rose solemnly to their feet and inscribed his name.”
“I, Nathaniel Gorham, notary and tabellion public, by lawful authority duly admitted and sworn, hereby certify to all whom it may or doth concern, that Thaddeus Masson, Josiah Johnson, and”
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