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leave, therefore, respectfully, to ask that the chief clerk of the Department of State be hereafter allowed an annual salary of from $2,500 to $3,000.

No. 4.

Extract of a letter from Mr. Forsyth to the Hon. J. K. Polk, chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means, dated the 17th of February, 1835.

I take this occasion to invite the attention of the committee to the recommendation made by Mr. McLane, under date of the 3d of February last, for increasing the salary of the chief clerk, concurring as I do in the propriety of an increased compensation for that officer.

I deem it proper, also, to state that the nature of the duties performed by some of the higher clerks in the Department is such as to entitle them to an increased compensation. I beg leave, therefore, to recommend that one of the clerkships of $1,400 be increased to $1,600 per annum. As there are no clerks in the office of the Secretary of State employed merely in copying, and even those at the lowest salaries have very responsible duties to perform, I beg leave likewise to recommend that the two clerkships of $900 and $800 be raised to $1,000 each.

No. 5.

From Mr. Forsyth to the Hon. Cave Johnson, Committee of Ways and

Means.

DEPARTMENT or STATE, February 18, 1836. SIR : In answer to your letter of the 5th instant, I have the honor to inform you that no additional clerks are wanted for the office of the Secretary of State, but that an increase of salary for some of those now employed is deemed necessary, as well to afford a reasonable compensation for their services, as to produce an equality of compensation among those who perform similar and equal duties.

The inadequateness of the salary of the chief clerk, considering the importance of the trust confided to him, and the qualifications necessary to its proper discharge, has been brought to the notice of former committees. I enclose, for your information, copies of communications on that subject from my immediate predecessor and niyself. At the first session of the last Congress, the Comınittee of Ways and Means inserted in the appropriation bill an additional coinpensation to the chief clerk of $500 per annum. This was withdrawn by the committee, under the belief, it is understood, that this mode of raising salaries was irregular, and that it would be proper to authorize the increase of compensation by a special law. I beg leave now, respecifully, to recommend the increase then proposed by the committee.

The clerks employed in the diplomatic bureau are three, at salaries of $1,600, $1,500, and $1,400, respectively. Their duties are arranged and distributed solely with a view to equalise their labors, those of one clerk not being considered as more important and laborious than those of another.

The salaries should therefore be equal. And as the highest is but a moderate compensation for the service, I submit that two salaries of $1,600 be substituted for the one at $1,500 and one at $1,400.

The clerks employed in the consular bureau are three, two of whom receive salaries of $1,400, and one a salary of $1,000. The same remarks are applicable to those, in regard to their duties, as to those in the diplomatic bureau, and for the same reasons. I submit, as just and equitable, that they all be placed at equal salaries; a salary of $1,400 being deemed but a reasonable compensation for the services performed.

The home bureau consists of four clerks; two at $1,400, one at $900, and one at $800. These two last-mentioned salaries are insufficient, either as a support for those employed, or as a compensation for their services. I have on a former occasion recommended that they be increased to $1,000 each; and I beg leave now to renew the recommendation. A copy of my former letter is enclosed.

No change is proposed in the salary of the clerk employed as keeper of the archives, which is $1,400.

The clerk employed as translator and librarian receives a compensation of $1,600; of which, $600 are anthorized only by the annual appropriation acts. It is submitted that the salary for the translating clerk be increased, by law, to $1,600.

The clerk employed as disbursing agent receives a compensation of $1,450 ; of which, $300 are authorized only by the annual appropriation acts. It is submitted that the salary be increased to $1,450, by general law. Copies of the letters from the Department, upon which the additional advances to the two last-mentioned clerks were made, are enclosed.

As inquiries are now on foot with reference to a change in the Patent Office, the clerkships in that office are not brought into view in this communication.

If the additions which I have deemed it my duty to submit to you be approved, the clerkships in the office of the Secretary of State (not including the Patent Office, will be as follows:

Chief clerk, employed under the act of 27th July, 1789, two thousand five hundred dollars.

Four clerks, at one thousand six hundred dollars each.
Six clerks, at one thousand four hundred dollars each.
One clerk, at one thousand four hundred and fifty dollars.
Two clerks, at one thousand.
The number being the same as now authorized by law.

I transmit, for the more particular information of the committee, a copy
of the arrangement of the business assigned to the several clerks in the
Department.
I have the honor to be, &c.

JOHN FORSYTH. Hon. CAVE Johnson,

Committee of Ways and Means.

No. 6.

DEPARTMENT OF State, April 30, 1636. In compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 25th instant, the Secretary of State has the honor to report that, in his opinion, it would be jast and proper to increase the compensation of some of the clerks in the Department under his charge.

1. Considering the importance of the trust confided to the chief clerk, and the qualifications necessary to its proper discharge, the salary at present allowed to that officer is deemed inadequate. The justice and propriety of increasing it have, on other occasions, been brought to the notice of the proper committees in the House of Representatives, by the Secretary and his immediate predecessor ; and it is now respectfully recommended that the salary be augmented to $2,500.

2. With a view to equalise the compensation of the clerks employed in the diplomatic bureau, it is recommended that one clerk who now receives $1,500, and another who receives $1,400, should receive $1,600 each; that being the salary allowed to the other clerk assigned to the same branch of business. The duties of these three clerks being arranged and distributed solely with a view to equalise their labors, those of one clerk not being considered more important and laborious than those of another, their salaries should be equal.

3. Similar reasons exist for equalising the salaries in the consular bureau, in which three clerks are employed; two of whom receive $1,400 each. It is recommended that the salary of the third be increased also to $1,400, which is but a reasonable compensation for the service performed.

4. Two of the clerks employed in the home bureau receive $900 and $800, respectively. These salaries are altogether insufficient, either as a support for those employed, or as a compensation for their services. And the Secretary repeats the recommendation which he has on other occasions made, that they be increased to $1,000 each.

5. The salary of the superintendent of the Patent Office is too low to afford a reasonable compensation for his duties and responsibility. It is recommended that it be placed on an equality with those of the chief cerks of the Comptrollers’ and Auditors' offices, viz: $1,700.

6. It is also recommended that the salary of one of the clerks employed in the Patent Office be raised to an equality with the other two, viz: $1,000, the duties of all being equal.

It is well known that the expenses of living at the seat of Government are higher than in other parts of the United States. A considerable increase in the prices of the necessaries of life has recently taken place here and elsewhere. Whether the causes which have led to this are likely to continue, the Secretary does not undertake to express any opinion. He deems it proper to add, however, that the augmentation recominended by him is proposed solely with a view to adapt the salaries to the present duties of the clerks in the Department according to the general rate of conipensation now existing.

To aid the Senate in forming an opinion as to the reasonableness of the proposed augmentation, the Secretary submits copies of so much of the regulations of the Department as shows the duties of the several clerks in the office of Secretary of State and in the Patent Office.

Note.—The paper referred to in the last paragraph as submitted with the foregoing report, was a copy of the paper marked A, which accompanied a report made this day to the House of Representatives in answer to a resolution of the 11th instant, with this difference, that in the paper sent with this report the names of the clerks were omitted.

No. 7.

JANUARY 27, 1837. Mr. C. Johnson, from the Committee of Ways and Means, to which the

subject had been referred, made the following report: The Committee of Ways and Means, to which were referred the several memorials from the clerks in the Departments at Washington, asking increased compensation, report :

That, at the last session, a bill was reported from this committee, increasing the compensation of the clerks in the several Departments. During that session a bill was acted on by the House, regulating the pay of the clerks in the Post Office Department, adopting different grades of salaries from those reported in the bill from this committee. Presuming that similar salaries to those in the Post Office Department should be allowed to the clerks in the other Departments, a letter was addressed to the Secretaries, asking them for a statement of the compensation that should be allowed their clerks, to place them upon a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as regulated by the law of the last session. The replies to this inquiry accompany this report. In many instances, the committee did not think it advisable to adopt the recommendations of the heads of bureaus. The tables which accompany this report will show the present number of clerks; the compensation now allowed them by law; the compensation recommended by the Secretaries and heads of bureaus; the compensation which the committee recommend for the adoption of the House; and the increased expenditure which will be produced. The whole increased expenditure will beIn the State Department

$3,500 In the Treasury Department

32,200 In the War Department

11,650 In the Navy Department

2,950 which will be divided in the Treasury Department between two hundred and twenty-one clerks; in the War Department between seventy-three clerks; in the Navy Department between sixteen clerks; and in the State Department between twenty-two clerks.

The compensation allowed to most of the clerks was regulated by the act of the 20th of April, 1818; the increased price, since that time, of every necessary article, in the opinion of the committee, requires a revision of the law regulating it, and would justify even a greater increase than that proposed in the bill.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE, February 18, 1936. SIR: In answer to your letter of the 5th instant, I have the honor to inform you that no additional clerks are wanted for the office of the Secretary of State, but that an increase of salary for some of those now employed is deemed necessary, as well to afford a reasonable compensation for their services, as to produce an equality of compensation among those who perform similar and equal duties.

The inadequateness of the salary of the chief clerk, considering the importance of the trust confided to him, and the qualifications necessary to its proper discharge, has been brought to the notice of former committees.. I enclose, for your information, copies of communications on that subject from my immediate predecessor and myself. At the first session of the last Congress the Committee of Ways and Means inserted, in the appropriation bill, an additional compensation to the chief clerk, of $500 per annum. This was withdrawn by the committee, under the belief, it is understood, that this mode of raising salaries was irregular, and that it would be proper to authorize the increased compensation by a special law. I beg leave now, respectfully, to recommend the increase then proposed by the committee.

The clerks employed in the diplomatic bureau are three, at salaries of $1,600, $1,500, and $1,400, respectively. Their duties are arranged and distributed solely with a view to equalise their labors; those of one clerk not being considered as more important and laborious than those of another. The salaries should therefore be equal. And, as the highest is but a moderate compensation for the service, I submit that two salaries of $1,600 be substituted for the one at $1,500, and one at $1,400.

The clerks employed in the consular burean are three; two of whom receive salaries of $1,400, and one a salary of $1,000. The same remarks are applicable to those, in regard to their duties, as to those in the diplomatic bureau; and for the same reasons, I submii, as just and equitable, that they all be placed at equal salaries; a salary of $1,400 being deemed but a reasonable compensation for the services persormed.

'The home bureau consists of four clerks; two at $1,400, one at $900, and one at $800. These two last-mentioned salaries are insufficient, either as a support for those employed, or as a compensation for their services. I have, on a former occasion, recommended that they be increased to $1,000 each; and I beg leave, now, to renew the recommendation. A copy of my former letter is enclosed.

No change is proposed in the salary of the clerk employed as keeper of the archives, which is $1,400.

The clerk employed as translator and librarian receives a compensation of $1,600, of which $600 are authorized only by the annual appropriation acts. It is submitted that the salary for the translating clerk be increased, by law, to $1,600.

The clerk employed as disbursing agent receives a compensation of $1,450, of which $300 are authorized only by the annual appropriations acts. It is submitted that the salary be increased to $1,450 by general law. Copies of the letters from the Department, upon which the additional allowances to the two lasi-mentioned clerks were made, are enclosed.

As inquiries are now on foot, with reference to a change in the Patent Office, the clerkships in that office are not brought into view in this communication.

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