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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870
'Bag Carrier c. 1714—1770', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 86. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16782 Date accessed: 21 April 2014.
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Bag Carrier c. 1714-70
The term Bag Carrier denoted one of the Treasury Messengers whose particular
function was to attend the Secretaries at the House of Commons. It was first used in
1715. (fn. 1) However, the individual holding the office at this date had entered the employment of the Treasury in the previous year and it is likely that he had predecessors with
similar duties. (fn. 2) The office ceased to have a separate existence in 1770 when it was
conferred upon the then Bookranger. The two posts remained united thereafter.
The salary attached to the office in 1714 was £20. It was raised to £30 in 1725 and
to £40 in 1737. (fn. 3)
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