Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 8, Foreign Office Officials 1782-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1979.
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The office of Housekeeper, or Necessary Woman as it was originally designated, was taken over by the Foreign Office from the former Northern Department. Until 1795 the Housekeeper received a salary of £48 from the Secretary of State together with certain perquisites. (fn. 1) In 1795 the salary was fixed at £100. (fn. 2) In 1869 an additional annual allowance of £25 was provided as the Housekeeper was required to provide and serve luncheons for the staff employed in the new Foreign Office building. (fn. 3)