Clerks attached to Slave Trade Department
Until 1853 the Slave Trade Department was staffed by Clerks distinct from the
regular clerical establishment. From 1825 to 1841 the salaries of the Clerks, usually
three in number, were paid from the funds voted annually by Parliament to meet
the expenses of various commissions for the suppression of the slave trade. (fn. 1) In 1841
it was provided that the salaries of four Clerks should be met from the fee fund. The
salary of the First Clerk was fixed at £150 rising by annual increments of £10 to
£300, of the Second Clerk at £100 rising by annual increments of £10 to £300 and of
the Third and Fourth Clerks at £80 rising by annual increments of £10 to £150. (fn. 2)
In 1844 Parnther, the First Clerk, was awarded an additional personal allowance of
£100, payable out of the contingent fund. (fn. 3) An application made by the Foreign Office
to the Treasury in 1848 for an increase in the salaries of the First and Second
Clerks, Parnther and Scott, was not approved until 1853. (fn. 4) It was then provided that
the salary of the First Clerk should be fixed at £350 rising by annual increments of
£15 to £545. The increase took effect from 1850, and the allowance of £100 awarded
in 1844 was assimilated to Parnther's salary. Scott's salary was fixed at the same level
with effect from 1852. Parnther and Scott were dismissed in September 1853, for
fraudulent use of money lodged in their hands as agents to slave trade commissioners
serving abroad, and the opportunity was taken to reorganise the Department. Their
places were temporarily supplied by established Clerks, until it was determined in
1854 that the Department should regularly be staffed by such Clerks. (fn. 5)
||Le Mesurier, J. J.
||Browne, J. H. T. T.
||Parnther, C. H.
||Browne, J. H. T. T. (fn. 6)
||Parnther, C. H. (fn. 6)
||Dowling, D. M.
||Scott, H. C.
||Dashwood, W. J. P.
||Dashwood, J. E. B.
||Anderson, H. P.
||Information as to the salaries of individual Clerks, which ranged between £80 and £230, can be
found in a collection of draft estimates of these expenses (FO 96/34).
||Order in council 21 Aug. 1841 (FO 366/542 ff. 75-80).
||FO 366/674 p. 374.
||ibid. pp. 4642-469; FO 366/449 pp. 75-8.
||FO 366/449 pp. 85-105; order in council 3 July 1854 (FO 366/542 ff. 90-8). Skelton remained
exclusively attached to the Slave Trade Department, at a salary of £350 rising by annual increments of
£15 to £545, until he left the Foreign Office in 1856.