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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 8: Foreign Office Officials 1782-1870
'Housekeeper 1782-1870 ', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 8: Foreign Office Officials 1782-1870 (1979), pp. 52. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16895 Date accessed: 25 October 2014.
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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)
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