Possibly he feared it might fall into the hands of a servant.
servant stands beside master to bow, and at the same moment, before the Lord.
Julia bounced around as a servant in various families, and died in Sag Harbor in 1907.
She mistook him for a servant and fed him kindly; later, she found out that the man was a top advisor to a major general.
I exist merely as meat for the hungry wolf, an incubator for his progeny and a servant to his needs.
And how can she imagine that a servant would do it as well as you?
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
Young man and servant passed out and into the passage beyond.
And what boldness is this for a scrub of a servant to speak in such a way before her master?
Entering and knocking at the door, they were met by a servant girl.
c.1200, "personal or domestic attendant," from Old French servant "servant; foot-soldier," noun use of servant "serving, waiting," present participle of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve (v.)).
Meaning "professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady" is from mid-14c. In North American colonies and U.S., the usual designation for "slave" 17c.-18c. (in 14c.-15c. and later in Biblical translations the word often was used to render Latin servus, Greek doulos "slave"). Public servant is attested from 1670s.