Clerks Assistant to Under Secretaries 1822-41
On the reorganisation of the Foreign Office in 1822 annual allowances of £150 were
made available to the two most junior Clerks on the establishment as 'Private Secretaries to the Under Secretaries'. (fn. 1) In 1831 Palmerston directed that, as their duties
were of a public and not a private nature, they should henceforth be designated
Clerks Assistant to the Under Secretaries. (fn. 2) The latter term has been used throughout
these lists. The number of Clerks Assistant was increased to three in 1824 and to four
in 1836. (fn. 3) After 1822 receipt of the allowance was not restricted to Junior Clerks. From
1824 until 1839 all Clerks Assistant were Second Class Clerks, who became effectively
superintendents of the work in the Political Departments of the office. On his promotion to a senior clerkship in 1834, Lenox Conyngham surrendered both the
allowance and the duties of a Clerk Assistant. On Staveley's promotion to a senior
clerkship in 1839, however, he retained both his allowance and his duties. In 1841 the
three other Clerks Assistant were promoted to the enlarged senior grade and became
in name as well as in fact Superintendents of the Political Departments. It was then
provided that the four Clerks Assistant should retain their allowances of £150 until
their retirement, but that their maximum salaries as Senior Clerks should be restricted to £850 rather than £1,000. (fn. 4)
||Lenox Conyngham, G.
||Ward, T. L.
||Mellish, R. C.
||Ward, T. L. (fn. 5)
||Order in council 28 March 1822 (PC 2/204 p. 86). The two Clerks awarded the allowance in 1822
had probably performed the duties of the office before that date. Staveley had been awarded an
allowance of one guinea a day, payable out of the contingent fund, during the absence of the Under
Secretary, W. R. Hamilton, 14 April 1820-30 July 1821 (FO 366/1292, payments 27 July 1820, 20
Aug. 1821; FO 366/672 pp. 186, 212). Parish had been awarded an annual allowance of £150, payable
out of the contingent fund, in 1820 for extra duties on confidential business (FO 366/672 pp. 205, 209).
||FO 366/673 p. 162.
||FO 366/672 p. 394; FO 366/673 p. 314.
||Order in council 21 Aug. 1841 (FO 366/542 ff. 75-80); FO 366/674 pp. 5-12.