Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832. Originally published by University of London, London, 1978.
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Private Secretary to Controller 1794-1832
In 1794 an annual allowance of £20 was made available to one of the Clerks in the Navy Office in consideration of his attending the Controller to answer letters addressed to him on the public service. (fn. 1) Thenceforward the Clerk in receipt of this allowance was usually known as the Private Clerk or the Private Secretary to the Controller. In 1807 the allowance was increased to £100 on condition that the total remuneration of the Clerk holding the allowance did not exceed £300. (fn. 2) On the introduction of a progressive salary scale in 1816 it was provided that the allowance of £100 should be paid to a third class Clerk. (fn. 3) In 1829 the Controller was allowed to select as his Private Secretary a Clerk from the second or third class, when the limit on the total remuneration of the Clerk holding the allowance was increased to £500. (fn. 4)