certain recluses

` Maison religieuse, secrétaire du Roi' (La Bruyère's note). The Convent of the Celestine Order in Paris had been granted a Royal Secretaryship in the fourteenth century, and collectively enjoyed the advantages, profits and privileges of this function, which conferred nobility.

Note from Of Certain Customs, the fourteenth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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