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recommended for appointment, or continued in employment, who is believed or found to be unwilling to give practical evidence of diligence and fidelity.

Each of the clerks in this office has a family, for whose support some of the salaries are manifestly insufficient; and have already been notified by one to whom very important duties have been intrusted, which have been discharged with commendable fidelity, that, in consequence of the inadequacy of his salary, he has concluded to accept the offer of a more eligible situation in one of the Northern cities, and shall resign at the close of the present quarter. The loss of such a clerk cannot be readily repaired. It requires much time to become familiar with the principles and details of the business, as well as the various laws and regulations applicable to the diversified claims presented for adjustment; and when a gentleman of competent talents, good and industrious habits, who is willing to devote his undivided attention to the business assigned him, has become thus qualified, it is believed to be for the interest of the Government to allow him such a reasonable compensation as will ensure a continuance of his services.

Under these impressions, I have been favorably disposed toward the request of the clerks in this office to be placed on an equal footing, as it regards salary, with the clerks in the Post Office Department, believing that the duties of the former are as important as those of the latter, and require as high degree of intelligence, and as close application. I am of opinion that, in order to effect this equality, having regard to the nature and importarice of the services required, the salaries of the clerks in this office should be graduated as follows: One chief clerk, at

- $2,000 Four clerks, each at

1,600 Two clerks, each at

1,400 One clerk, at

1,200 I would also add, that, in my judgment, the messenger of this office ought to receive the same compensation for his services as is allowed to the messenger in the office of the Auditor of the Post Office Department. I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ALBION K. PARRIS. Hon. LEVI WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

First Auditor's Office, January 21, 1837. SIR: In reply to the letter of the honorable C. Johnson, of the House of Representatives, on the subject of the salaries of the clerks in the Treasury Department, and which you referred to me for a report as to those in this office, I beg leave to state that there is allowed to this office, by the act of the 20th April, 1819, vol. 6, page 7, of the laws1 chief clerk at a salary of

$1,700 2 clerks d o. -

1,400 6 do. . do. 3 do. do.

1,000 1 do. do. -

1,250

800 do

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By the act of the last session of Congress reorganizing the General Post Office, and creating an Auditor for that Department, I find there is allowed to the Auditor's officeI chief clerk, at a salary of

- $2,000 4 principal clerks, do

. 1,600 10 clerks, do

- 1,400 20 clerks, do .

• 1,200 3 clerks, do

- 1,000 The following increase to the salaries allowed to the clerks in this office, keeping up the same number of grades that now exist, would seem to assimilate them io the clerks in the office of the Auditor of the Post Office Department, to wit : 1 chief clerk, at a salary of

- $2,000 2 principal clerks do

- 1,600 6 clerks,

- 1,400 3 clerks,

- 1,200 1 clerk,

- 1.000 I deem it proper, however, to remark, that those clerks who are employ. ed in the examination of the custom house accounts perform as responsible duties, requiring as much care and labor in the investigation, as any other connected, so far as I am capable of judging, with the Department. They now receive but $1,150, and would receive under the proposed increase but $1,400. I would, therefore, recommend four of the six above named to be placed at $1,500 per annum. The clerks in this office intrusted with the customs may be said to form the only check upon the collectors and other custom-house officers. As from the immense mass of papers, abstracts, vouchers, &c., it is a matter totally impracticable for the Auditor or the Comptroller to investigate them in detail, or to know much about them, except what may be brought to their notice by the examining clerks, upon the fidelity and faithful performance of duty by these clerks the Gov. ernment has to depend for the detection of all frauds or malpractices that may exist or be attempted in this important branch of the revenue. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. MILLER. Hon. Levi WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Second Auditor's Office, January 2, 1837. SIR : I know not how I can more satisfactorily meet the desire of the honorable C. Johnson, as expressed in his letter to you of the 29th ultimno, a copy of which you have furnished me with, than by reference to the communication I had the honor to make you on the subject of the salaries of the clerks of this office, the 28th of April of the last year.

The only departure I would recommend from that statement is in the salary of the chief clerk, which I would wish placed on the same footing

with the clerk of like grade in the office of the Auditor of the Post Office Department. I have the honor to be, respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,

W. B. LEWIS. Hon. Levi WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Second Auditor's Office, April 28, 1336. SIR: In reporting, agreeably to your request, on the resolution of the Senate of the United States of the 25th instant, respecting the justice and propriety of increasing the compensation of the clerks in the several Departments, I have the honor to remark, that having for some time past been impressed with the belief that the salaries, generally, as regulated by the act of Congress of the 20th April, 1818, are now wholly inadequate to the decent support of a family in this place, I have no hesitation in expressing my opinion that the increased expense of living would fully authorize the following augmentation :

The chief clerk, from $1,700 to $1,500 per annum.
The two clerks now receiving $1,400 a year, to $1,600 each.
The six clerks now receiving $1,150 per annum, to $1,400 each.
The five clerks now receiving $1,000 per annum, to $1,200 each.
The clerk now receiving $800 a year, to $1,000.

Thus constituting a difference of $200 between each grade, and requiring an additional appropriation for this office of $3,200 a year. I have the honor to be, &c.

W. B. LEWIS. Hon. Levi WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Third Auditor's Office, December 31, 1936. Sta: I have had the honor of receiving the copy of the letter of the llon. C. Johnson, addressed to you on the 29th instant, and referred by you to me for a report as to the clerks in this office.

Mr. Johnson in bis letter requests a “statement of the clerks in the Treasury Department, and the salries they ought to have, so as to make them upon a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as regulated at the last session of Congress.” I have accordingly the honor to report the number of clerks, now employed in this office, and the salaries which they ought to have, so as to make them upon a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as provided for by the fortyfourth section of the “ Act to change the organization of the Post Office Department," approved 20 July, 1836; to be as follows: One chief clerk .

- $2,000 Six principal clerks

• 1,600 Nine clerks

1,400

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Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

PETER HAGNER, Auditor, Hon. LEVI W00DBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Fourth Auditor's Office, January 2, 1837. SIR: Upon the letter of the Hon. Cave Johnson, asking for a “statement of the clerks of the Treasury Department, and the salaries they ought to have,” referred by you to this office on the 31st ultimo, I have the honor to report as follows:

There are fifteen clerks allowed by law to this office ; and to “ make them on a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department," as the object appears to be, their salaries, in niy opinion, might be arranged as follows:

The chief clerk, two thousand dollars per annum ;
Five clerks at sixteen hundred dollars each ;
Three clerks at fourteen hundred dollars each;
Three clerks at twelve hundred dollars each ; and
Three clerks at one thousand dollars each.

This statement provides for a large proportion of salaries at $1,600 ; but when the labors and responsibilities devolving on those who fill the situations with which they are intended to correspond are considered, they are not too numerous.

I have stated, heretofore, that the number of clerks in this office might be reduced to thirteen, without any prejndice to the public interest. This was upon the supposition that the business to be transacted would not be materially increased. But should the appropriations for naval purposes be much larger than usual, it would be expedient, perhaps, not to reduce the number. I should not employ a greater number of the fifteen than would be absolutely necessary to despatch the business of the office.

I do not intend this remark to prejudice the application of the Second Comptroller for two additional clerks, which has been based in part upon the presumption that two clerkships might be dispensed with in this office. I have the honor, sir, to be, respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. PICKETT. Hon. Levi Woodbury,

Secretary of the Treasury.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Fifth Auditor's Office, December 31, 1836. Sir : In reply to the letter of the Hon. C. Johnson of the 29th instant, which you referred to me, I have the honor to state that there are employed in this office

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And that I respectfully recommend that, hereafter, they be classed and paid as follows, viz :

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Being similar to the salaries allowed to the first three classes, by the law for réorganizing the Post Office Department, in the office of Auditor. Very respectfully, I am, sir, your most obedient servant,

S. PLEASONTON. Hor. Levi WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury. .

TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES,

December 31, 1636. SIR: lo reply to the communication of the Hon. Cave Johnson of the 29th instant, referred by you to this office, I have the honor to report, that, in order to place this office on a footing, as to the compensation of its clerks and messenger, with the office of the Auditor of the Post Office Departbent, it will be necessary to allow

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But, as the individual occupying the station of messenger in my office is frequently required to officiate as a clerk, and has been so required for many years past, besides that all our communications with the bank are made through him, thus increasing the responsibilities of his duties, I consider it but just to fix the rate of his compensation above that of a mere

messenger

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN CAMPBELL,

Treasurer United States. Hon. Levi WOODBURY,

Secretary of the Treasury.

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