Messengers to Chancellor of the Exchequer 1836—70


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J.C. Sainty

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'Messengers to Chancellor of the Exchequer 1836—70', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 95. URL: Date accessed: 29 November 2014.


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Messengers to Chancellor of the Exchequer 1836-70

Under an arrangement of considerable antiquity there were two Messengers attending the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Originally they appear to have been attached to him in his capacity as an officer of the Exchequer court rather than of the Treasury. In 1836, however, they were placed on a new footing and thereafter formed part of the Treasury establishment. In 1868 the appointment of a third Messenger was authorised. (fn. 1)

In 1836 the salaries were fixed at £150 and £140 for the Senior and Junior Messengers then holding the offices and £140 and £130 for subsequent appointments. It was the practice for the Junior Messenger to be promoted to the senior position when it was vacated. In 1868 the salary for the third Messenger was fixed at £120. (fn. 2)


1820 22 Nov. Grant, J.
1825 29 April Parsons, E.
1841 1 Jan. Winter, J.
1845 1 April Humphreys, J.
1860 2 July Gabbitas, H.
1864 23 Nov. Turner, T.
1868 18 Feb. Foot, J. (fn. 3)


1 TM 19 Jan. 1836 (T 29/373 pp. 347-51), 13 Jan. 1868 (AB, iv, 296).
2 Ibid.
3 Third Messenger.