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“ lawful for any Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, or other Officer now “ by law authorized to administer an Oath, to take and receive the “ Declaration of any Person voluntarily making the same before him, in “ the Form in the Schedule to this Act annexed; and if any Declaration so “ made shall be false or untrue in any material particular, the person “ wilfully making such false Declaration shall be deemed guilty of a " Misdemeanour.”
The prescribed Form is the following –
I, (A. B.] of do solemnly and sincerely declare, &c. and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act made and passed in the sixth year of the reign of His late Majesty, intituled, “ An Act to repeal an Act of the present Session of Parliament, for the more effectual abolition of Oaths and Affirmations taken and made in the various Departments of the State, and to substitute Declarations in lieu thereof, and for the more entire suppression of voluntary and extra-judicial Oaths and Affidavits, and to make other provisions for the abolition of unnecessary Oaths.”
Instructions. Candidates resident in the metropolis, or its vicinity, receive their Order and Instructions on their personal attendance on days specified in letters sent to them; but competitors resident in the country receive the following letter, enclosing their order and Instructions, through the post :
Civil Service Commission,
Dean's Yard, Westminster, S.W. SIR, - In consequence of a communication which has been received, acquainting the Civil Service Commissioners that you have been nominated to compete for
I am to enclose an Order for your Examination, with other papers, and at the same time to request your attention to the following particulars :1. The Paper marked “ Form A.” should be filled up by you, and sent
to this Office by return of post, in the enclosed envelope, together
with the other half of this sheet. 2. The Evidence of Age required by the enclosed Instructions should
be sent at your earliest convenience, as also the certificate as to your health, filled up and signed by a duly qualified Medical Practitioner.
I am, Sir, your obedient Servant,
[This portion of the Form to be torn off, signed, and sent with “ Form A."]
Received *The Date (1.) An Order of Examination dated for the* day to be filled
of up by the (2.) “Form A.” Candidate. (3.) Instructions as to Evidence required. (4.) A Form of Medical Certificate.
Antecedents. Candidates are required to insert in the following Form particulars of their age, education, and previous employment :
(To be filled up by the Candidate HIMSELF.X It is important that this Form should contain a full account of the Em
ployment of your Time since leaving School, whether passed in business, or however otherwise occupied.
Christian name and surname (in full)
the result of your examination to be sent.)
profession or trade (If deceased, give the last residence, profession, ds.) Schools. (Mention the school or schools at which you were
educated, stating the kind of schools, whether
public or private, collegiate, National, British, đc. Mention the length of your stay in each, and the
name of the master of the school last attended.) Age on finally quitting school Referees as to character (Mention the names and addresses of iwo respon
sible persons who are well acquainted with you
in private life.) Medical referee. (Give the name and address of the medical prac
titioner who has generally attended you or your
family.) Are you free from pecuniary embarrassments ? Have you been on any former occasion examined
by the Civil Service Commissioners ? (If so, state when, and for what situation.)
First Situation. 1. Name and address of Employer, &c. 2. Business, &c. of Employer 3. Position held by you 4. Salary or wages 5. Length of stay (giving dates) 6. Cause of leaving Occupation in interval between first and second
Second Situation. 1. Name and address of Employer, &c. 2. Business, &c. of Employer 3. Position held by you 4. Salary or wages 5. Length of stay (giving dates) 6. Cause of leaving Occupation in interval between second and third
Third Situation. 1. Name and address of Employer, &c. 2. Business, &c. of Employer 3. Position held by you 4. Salary or wages 5. Length of stay (giving dates) 6. Cause of leaving Occupation in interval between third and fourth
Fourth Situation. 1. Name and address of Employer, &c. 2. Business, &c. of Employer 3. Position held by you 4. Salary or wages 5. Length of stay (giving dates) 6. Cause of leaving Occupation in interval between fourth and fifth
Fifth Situation. 1. Name and address of Employer, &c. 2. Business, &c. of Employer, &c, 3. Position held by you 4. Salary or wages 5. Length of stay (giving dates) 6. Cause of leaving
The following letter and list of questions is sent to each person whose name and address is given by the candidate as having employed him subsequent to his leaving school ; a similar form is sent, omitting the fourth question, to the referees, whose names and ada dresses are given by the candidate as responsible persons well acquainted with him in private life :
Civil Service Commission, S.W. SIR, Mr.
a Candidate for the Junior situation of having stated that he was employed by I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to request that you will oblige them by filling up and returning to me, in the enclosed envelope, the “Statement” hereto annexed. The postage need not be paid.
I am to add that your answer will, if you desire it, be regarded as confidential, and that the word “ Confidential” should in that case be written on the envelope. The favour of an early answer is requested.
I am, Sir, your obedient Servant,
[This portion of the form to be torn off, filled up, and returned in the
Envelope sent iherewith.] STATEMENT respecting a Candidate for the Junior Situation of
QUESTIONS. 1. Are you related to the Candidate? If so, what is the relationship? 2. Are you well acquainted with the Candidate ? 3. From what circumstances does your knowledge of him arise ? 4. Will you have the goodness to mention the dates of his entering
and quitting your employment, and his reasons for leaving? 5. How long have you known him ? 6. Is he strictly honest and sober, intelligent and diligent? 7. Do you believe him to be free from pecuniary embarrassments ? 8. What do you know of his education and acquirements ? 9. Has he ever been in the service of the Government, and if so, il
what situation ? 10. What has been the state of his health since you have known him ? 11. Are you aware of any circumstance tending to disqualify him for the situation which he now seeks ?
In cases where the Commissioners are obliged to refuse their certificate the candidates receive the following circular, apprising them in which of the prescribed subjects they have failed :
Civil Service Commission, Westminster, S.W. SIR-I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to acquaint you that the results of your recent examination have not been such as to justify them in granting their Certificate of Qualification. The subject in which you failed
specified below, but it is desirable you should understand that if you are again nominated to the same or a different situation, you will be examined in all the prescribed subjects, and will not receive your Certificate unless you pass to the satisfaction of the Commissioners in all.
I am, Sir, your obedient Servant,
The Commissioners consider that the only serious evil to be apprehended from this course of proceeding is, that the information of details of failure may lead to the second nomination of those who have failed, and that a system of cramming in respect of the particular deficiency may be resorted to. In such cases, however, this evil is obviated by an examination carefully adapted to test the reality of such knowledge. Any candidate, therefore, expecting a second nomination, should strenuously apply himself to the thorough mastery of the subject or subjects in which he previously failed.