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I am further directed to state that the candidate, whether nominated to be a supplementary or a permanent clerk, should be at liberty to submit himself for examination on any other subject which he may choose; and in that case Dr. Lushington would be glad to receive a report from the Commissioners of the candidate's proficiency in the subject or subjects on which he may desire to be examined.

The judge also desires me to say that the age of admission, and the nature of the examination to be required of any clerk who may be nominated to a situation in the Marshal's office, should be the same as for the admission of the supplementary clerks in this office.

I have, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Rothery.
Civil Service Commission,
9th February 1858.

SIR,
In reply to your letter of the 6th instant, relative to the qualifica-
tions of candidates nominated to junior situations in the Admiralty
Registry and in the Marshal's office,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that they will regulate, in accordance with the wishes of the Judge of the Admiralty Court, as communicated to them in your letter, the examinations which may be conducted under their directions, and that they will consider the ages which you have specified as the limits in the cases to which they respectively apply.

I have, &c.

BRITISH MUSEUM.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Panizzi.

Civil Service Commission, 16th July 1857.

SIR, I AM directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to transmit to you a copy of Her Majesty's Order in Council of the 21st of May 1855, regulating the admission of persons to the Civil Service of the Crown, and I am to request that you will bring under the notice of the Trustees of the British Museum the provisions thereby made for ascertaining the qualifications of candidates.

2. I am at the same time to suggest that if, as the Commissioners hope will be the case, the Trustees should agree with them in thinking that among the various appointments on the establishment of the British Museum there are some which must be considered as junior situations, within the meaning of the Order in Council, limits of age applicable to such appointments should be fixed and arrangements made as to the examinations which candidates should be required to undergo.

3. It being not improbable that acquaintance with foreign languages not usually studied, or other special qualifications, may in some cases be required, I am to state that the Commissioners do not anticipate any difficulty in obtaining from time to time the services of assistants conversant with such special branches of knowledge. They have at present frequent occasion to adopt this course, as candidates are invariably encouraged to select, as additions to the prescribed course of examination, other subjects in which they are willing to be examined.

The number of extra subjects in respect of which honorary certificates have been given is, as will be seen from one of the Tables which follow the Second Report of the Commissioners, by no means a small one.

4. I am also to enclose a copy of a resolution unanimously agreed to by the House of Commons on Tuesday last. It will be for the consideration of the Trustees whether there are any peculiarities in the present case which should prevent the introduction of competitive examinations.

5. I am to transmit a document showing the limits of age and subjects of examination, as arranged with the great majority of the Public Departments, and I am to add that, the Commissioners having been informed that alterations in the establishment of the Museum are in contemplation, have thought the present a convenient time for bringing the subject under the notice of the Trustees.

I have, &c.

Enclosure.

COPY of a Resolution moved by Lord Goderich, in the House of Commons, Tuesday, July 14th, 1857, and unanimously agreed to.

"That in the opinion of this House, the experience acquired since the issuing of the "Order in Council of the 21st day of May 1855, is in favour of the adoption of the prin "ciple of competition as a condition of entrance to the Civil Service, and that the appli"cation of that principle ought to be extended in conformity with the resolution of the "House, agreed to on the 24th day of April 1856."

Mr. Panizzi to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

British Museum, 22nd July 1857. I HAVE had the honour to lay before the Trustees of the British Museum your letter of the 16th instant, and the documents transmitted therewith by direction of the Civil Service Commissioners, the receipt of which I am directed by the Trustees to acknowledge.

All appointments in the Museum, with the exception of the Principal Librarian, are made by the three principal Trustees, who are the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, and the Speaker, to whom your communication has been transmitted.

I am, &c.

CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION.

Mr. Serjeant Merewether to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

Guildhall, E.C., 21st October 1857.

THE Corporation of London having under their consideration the expediency of making provision for the examination of candidates for offices and clerkships in their appointment, have directed me to request the favour of being furnished by the Civil Service Commissioners with a statement of the mode adopted in the examination of candidates for appointments under the Government, and with copies of any questions required to be answered by candidates for offices. The favour of an early answer will greatly oblige.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Serjeant Merewether.
Civil Service Commission.
22nd October 1857.

SIR,
REFERRING to your letter of yesterday's date relative to the exa-
minations which it is proposed to institute in the case of persons
nominated to offices and clerkships under the Corporation of London,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to enclose copies of the forms, &c., ordinarily used at this office.

Encl. 1.
Encl. 2.

Encl. 3

I also enclose copies of the First and Second Reports of the Commissioners. To both of these specimens of the Examination Papers which have been given to candidates are appended, and the Order in Council, under which the Commissioners act, will be found at the commencement of the former.

Among the enclosures will also be found a copy of a resolution unanimously agreed to by the House of Commons on the 14th of July last. With reference to the subject of that resolution, I am to state that the system of competition among a limited number of nominees has now been established in most of the public departments, and that the experience which the Commissioners have acquired leads them to regard it as on many grounds preferable to that of nominating only one candidate for each vacancy.

I am to add that any further information which may be necessary will be readily furnished either in answer to specific questions or at a personal interview with any gentleman whom you may depute to make inquiries.

I have, &c.

COLONIAL OFFICE.

Mr. Merivale to the Civil Service Commissioners.

GENTLEMEN,

Downing Street, 1st October 1857.

I AM directed by Mr. Secretary Labouchere to communicate to you the copy of a despatch from the Governor of Ceylon, reporting very favourably of Messrs. Gillman and Steele, who were appointed to writerships in that colony after a competitive examination before you.

I am, &c.

Copy of Despatch enclosed in the above Letter.
Queen's House, Colombo,
24th July 1857.

SIR,
I HAVE much pleasure in acquainting you that Mr. Gillman, one of the two first
writers appointed under the new system, has passed a brilliant examination in the
Tamil language, after a residence at Jaffna of only seven months. Mr. Gillman's
proficiency as a Tamil scholar is pronounced by the examiners already greatly to
exceed the ordinary standard; and as he has given much satisfaction to the Govern-
ment agent, Mr. Dyke, in the discharge of his ordinary duties, I think it right to bring
under your notice this proof of his application and ability.

2. Mr. Steele came up at the same time for his examination in Cinghalese, and
though not equally successful, being recommended to prosecute his studies farther, he
deserves credit for the attempt. I have no doubt that in January he will succeed.
I have, &c.

H. G. WARD.

To the Right Hon. Henry Labouchere,
&c.

&c.

&c.

Mr. Merivale to Mr. Maitland.

you

SIR,
Downing Street, 28th January 1858.
I AM directed by Mr. Secretary Labouchere to request that
will lay before the Civil Service Commissioners a copy of a despatch
from the Governor of Malta, forwarding abstracts of the Examiners'
Schedules on the occasion of filling up the latest vacant clerkships in
the Government of that island.

I am, &c.

Copy.

SIR,

Palace, Valletta, December 18th, 1857.

AN application having been made to me to send, for the information of the Civil Service Commission, a short resumé of the working of the system of competitive examinations in Malta, I now enclose three abstracts of the Examiners' Schedules on the occasion of filling up the latest vacant clerkships in this Government, and I have considered it right to send this information through the usual channel.

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2. I continue to be of opinion that the system of giving clerkships to the young men under twenty-two years of age, who pass the best examination, is working advantageously for Malta, and the competition created is evidently having the effect of improving the schools.

The Right Hon. H. Labouchere,
&c. &c.

&c.

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Custom House, 26th July 1856.

SIR,
WITH reference to your letter of the 18th instant, enclosing an
order for the examination, on the 23rd instant, of
nomi-
nated tidewaiter and patrol at Dublin, who had failed to attend for
examination by Dr. Ball on the 17th instant, the date originally fixed
for that purpose, and stating that if further postponement should be
deemed desirable the Commissioners would be prepared to name a later
day.

I am directed herewith to transmit a report from the Collector and Comptroller of Customs at the port of Dublin, and to state that under the circumstances therein represented, the Board are of opinion that may be allowed further time, and that another day should be fixed for his examination before Dr. Ball, but that he should undergo strict medical examination as to his fitness in regard to health for the duties of the situation to which he has been nominated previously to his admission to duty.

I am, &c.

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HONORABLE SIR,

Custom House, Dublin, 23rd July 1856 WITH reference to your order of the 19th instant, No. 227, directing who has been nominated to the office of tidewaiter at this port, to appear before Dr. Ball for examination,

We report that

is still incapable of attending, and we enclose an application from his father, with a medical certificate annexed, requesting a further extension of time.

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