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 Qui’etist (A).Quill-drivers. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The writ of discharge formerly granted to those barons and knights who personally attended the king on a foreign expedition. At their discharge they were exempt from the claim of scutage or knight’s fee. Subsequently the term was applied to the acquittance which a sheriff receives on settling his account at the Exchequer; and, later still, to any discharge of an account: thus Webster says—   1
        “You had the trick in audit-time to be sick till I had signed your quietus.”—Duchess of Malfy (1623).
   Quietus. A severe blow; a settler; death, or discharge from life.   2
“Who would fardels bear …
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin?”
Shakespeare: Hamlet, iii. 1.

 Qui’etist (A).Quill-drivers. 


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