Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1975.
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Deputy Secretary 1705-83
The office of Deputy Secretary, to which appointments were made by Admiralty commission, was filled only on an intermittent basis until 1764. Created in 1705, (fn. 1) it was left vacant from 1714 to 1728. Thereafter it was the usual practice to promote the Chief Clerk to the position at times when the Secretary was acting alone. The office was left vacant between 1741 and 1744, between 1746 and 1756 and between 1759 and 1764. Between 1764 and 1783 it was filled continuously. It was abolished in the latter year when the then Deputy Secretary was promoted to the position of Second Secretary. (fn. 2)
The salary attached to the office was £500, an addition of £100 being made in time of war. (fn. 3) Jackson and Ibbetson also occupied the position of senior Clerk or Deputy Secretary in the Marine Department with a salary of £200 payable by the Paymaster of Marines. (fn. 4) The share of the fees enjoyed by the Deputy Secretary was calculated on the basis of a salary of £400 as Chief Clerk. (fn. 5)