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One clerk at a salary of -

$1,700 One clerk at a salary of

1,400 Two clerks, each at a salary of

• 1,150 Three clerks, each at a salary of .

- 1,000 One clerk, at a salary of -

800 Of these, but three are now employed, notwithstanding the law still authorizes the whole. In reducing the number of clerks from eight to three, the head of the Department would from necessity retain those he supposed best qualified, and they should of course be entitled to the highest compensation. Applying the proposed increase of salary, according to this principle, to the clerks in this office, it will give to the chief clerk $2,000, to the second $1,600, and to the third $1,400; to which, I think, they are equitably entitled, and do therefore respectfully recommend it. -spel med , Respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. TOWSON,

Paymaster General. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War.

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QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, January 4, 1837. Sir: In compliance with your instructions to me, to furnish you with a statement of the clerks in this office, and the salaries that should be given to place them on a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as regulated by the law of last session, I have to report, that, according to my estimate of their relative duties, there should be provided for this officeOne clerk at

- $1,600 Three clerks at .

- - 1,400 One clerk at

- 1,200 One clerk at

1,000 And one messenger at

The following statement of their present number and salaries will show to what an extent an increase is proposed:

There are now authorized — One clerk at

$1,600 One clerk at

- - 1,200 Four clerks at '.

- 1,000 And one messenger at

- 500 I have continued one salary at a thousand dollars, because that rate is found in the Post Office Department, which is taken as the standard ; but my own opinion is, that there should be no grade of clerks in the public offices with a lower salary than twelve hundred dollars. With all the economy that can be practised here, I do not see how a man can live honestly, and raise even a small family in decency, on a salary of one thousand dollars, especially at the present time, when all the necessaries of life have advanced to nearly double their former prices.

I have taken the liberty to introduce the messenger attached to this office. His present salary barely exceeds the wages of a common laborer, while he must necessarily be an intelligent and trustworthy man, much above that class. The proposed increase will only place him on a footing of equality with the messengers in the Post Office Department, to which he has undoubted claims. For many years past, the messenger in the Paymaster General's office has received a salary of seven hundred dollars. There is no just ground for any distinction; and the propriety of placing them all on the same footing is too apparent to require further remark. I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

T. CROSS,

Major, acting Quartermaster General. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim.

your or further of

ORDNANCE OFFICE,

Washington, December 30, 1836. Sır: In answer to the letter of the honorable C. Johnson, of the 29th instant, referred by you to this office, I have the honor to state that the following is a list of the names and salaries of the clerks employed at this time in the Ordnance Office :

Names of clerks.

Present sum

received.

William Riddall
Anthony G, Glynn
George Welsh
Morris Adler
Samuel Rainey
Nathan W. Fales
Francis V. Yvonnet -
William McDermot -

$1,200

1,150 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

800

It is proposed, in lieu of the above salaries, that
Two clerks should receive, each -

- $1,600 per annum. Three clerks shonld receive, each

- 1,400 And three clerks should receive, each

• 1,200 It will be perceived, here, that there is neither included the highest nor the lowest salaries received in the Post Office Department-the duties of the clerks in the Ordnance department being generally more uniform in. their character than those in the Post Office Department; and, also, that the mean or average rate of the salaries proposed is less than the average rate of the salaries in the Post Office Department by about $40.

It is scarcely necessary to note, that the labor and complicacy of the duties of the clerks in this department are continually increasing with the establishment of every new arsenal or depot of arms, and with the accu-' mulation of imperishable materials, deposited in the storehouses of the department. I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,

G. BOMFORD,

Colonel of Ordnance. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim.

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OFFICE OF THE COMMISSARY GENERAL OF SUBSISTENCE,

Washington, December 30, 1836. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the letter of the honorable Cave Johnson, addressed to you on 29th instant, and referred to this office, requesting a report of the salaries that should be given to the clerks employed therein, so as to place them on an “equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as regulated by the law of the last session.

The gentlemen attached to the Subsistence department received for many years salaries far less than all the clerks of similar grades in the civil bureaus; and notwithstanding repeated attempts were made to increase their compensation, there was not any action in their case until the act rendering the department permanent, passed 3d of March, 1835; and even then they were not placed upon a footing of equality with the clerks of like grades in the offices of the several Auditors, Comptrollers, Register, and Treasurer. The opportunity now being offered, it affords me great gratification to do them that justice to which, from the performance of their duties, I consider them fairly entitled. These duties are as onerous as those of any other clerks under the Government; and I therefore respectfully ask that the chief clerk be placed at a salary of $2,000, the second clerk at a salary of $1,600, and the third clerk at a salary of $1,400 per annum. Very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

GEO. GIBSON,

Commissary General of Subsistence. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim.

CLOTHING BUREAU, December 31, 1836. Sir: In obedience to your instructions of the 30th instant, addressed to the several bureaus of the War Department, to enable you to comply with the request of the honorable Cave Johnson, of the 29th instant, “ that you would cause a statement of the clerks in the War Department, and the salaries that should be given to each, to place them on a footing of equality with the clerks in the Post Office Department, as regulated by the law of the last session,” I have the honor to report (for the Commissary General of Purchases) as follows, viz :

The grade of salaries established by the law referred to, and applicable to the office of the Commissary General of Purchases, is to be found in

section 44, designating the salary of the Auditor of the Post Office Department and his clerks, inasmuch as the grade of the Auditor's salary and that of the Commissary General of Purchases are of the same amountthat is, $3,000 each. .

The following, then, would appear to be the equalisation of salaries of the clerks in these bureaus, sought for by the Hon. Mr. Johnson, viz :

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There are four clerks employed in the Purchasing department, viz: one chief clerk and two others at Philadelphia, and one at Washington city. Most respectfully, sir, I am your obedient servant,

JOHN GARLAND,

Major United States Army. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim.

SURGEON GENERAL's Office,

December 31, 1836. SIR: The law only authorizes one clerk in this office, whose salary was fixed at $1,150; and as his labors have been much increased by the increase of the department, I'most respectfully recommend that his salary be also increased to $1,600, thereby placing him on the same footing with the principal clerks in the Post Office Department. This is considered justly due to him, his services being equally as arduous and responsible. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BENJAMIN KING,

Surgeon General ad interim. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim, Washington.

TOPOGRAPHICAL BUREAU,

Washington, December 31, 1836. Sır: In compliance with your direction of the 30th instant, I have the honor to report, that there are two clerks allowed to this bureau, whose compensation has been fixed at $1,000 per annum each. One is the first clerk, the other the recording clerk.

The responsibilities and duties required of each are so different, that, in the annual report lately submitted, I have requested an increase of $400 per annum for the first clerk; and, accordingly, the estimate for clerks for this bureau is put down, in the report from the bureau, at $2,400.

The increase in the compensation of the first clerk is submitted, 1st. On the ground of the degree of intelligence which the situation requires. 2d. Upon the actual duties which he has to perform. These duties are also daily increasing, both in quantity and importance; and, while they would justify a division of the present appropriation, so that the first clerk should receive $1,400, and the recording clerk $600 per annum, yet, having but two clerks, and so much duty for them, it is extremely desirable that, while the compensation of the first clerk should be $1,400, that of the second should remain at $1,000; as, for that sum, talents could be commanded which would be adequate occasionally to aid the chief clerk in his important and responsible duties. Very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,

J. J. ABERT,

Lieut. Col. Top. Engineers. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of IVar.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,

Washington, January 2, 1837. Sir: In reply to the circular asking what ought, in my opinion, to be the salary of the clerk in my office, having reference to the allowance made to the clerks in the General Post Office, I think that, by the comparison, my clerk ought to be allowed $1,600 a year ; because he is a principal and only clerk, and has a great amount of writing to do at all times ; besides, he is clever in the performance of his duty. I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,

A. MACOMB,

Major General Commanding. Hon. B. F. BUTLER,

Secretary of War ad interim.

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