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 They also appoint by lot the officer called Clerk for the Presidency, who is responsible for documents, is keeper of the decrees that are passed and supervises the transcription of all other documents, and who attends the sittings of the Council. Formerly this officer was elected by show of hands, and the most distinguished and trustworthy men used to be elected, for this officer's name is inscribed on the monumental slabs above records of alliances and appointments to consulships1 and grants of citizenship; but now it has been made an office elected by lot.
1 An honorable office assigned to a citizen of another state who represented Athenian interests there.