Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1975.
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The position of Reader or Reading Clerk may have had its origin in an order made in 1739 which laid down that 'One of the Clerks be appointed to receive and read to the Board once a week the petitions of persons who apply in order to their being answered'. (fn. 1) In 1795 an allowance of £150 out of the contingent fund was made available for the Clerk acting as Reader. (fn. 2) In 1816 it was provided that the Reader should occupy one of the first class clerkships. (fn. 3) In 1834 an additional allowance of £100 was made available. (fn. 4) It was not until 1841 that the position of Reader was made an established office. Provision was then made for the Clerk who held it automatically to receive the maximum salary of his class with an additional allowance of £100. (fn. 5)