Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 8, Foreign Office Officials 1782-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1979.
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Assistant Clerks 1857-70
The grade of Assistant, or Second Class, Clerk was created in 1857 when provision was made for nine such Clerks with salaries of £550 rising by annual increments of £20 to £650. (fn. 1) The number was reduced to eight in 1860. (fn. 2) The salary was paid only to those Clerks actually performing the duty of assistant to a Senior Clerk in one of the departments into which the work of the office was divided. Thus an Assistant Clerk serving as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State or as Précis Writer, while retaining his rank as an Assistant Clerk, received the salary only of a First Class Junior Clerk, and the First Class Junior Clerk acting in his place received the salary of an Assistant Clerk. (fn. 3) In 1866 an additional annual allowance of £100 was made available to the senior of the two Assistant Clerks attached to the newly created Commercial and Consular Department. (fn. 4)