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The requirements for the Legacy Duty Office, therefore, will in future be as follows:- viz.,

1. Reading.

2. Writing from dictation, to test handwriting and orthography. 3. English composition.

4. History of the British Empire.

5. Geography.

6. Arithmetic, including vulgar and decimal fractions.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Keogh.

SIR,

28th October 1857.

In reply to your letter of the 26th instant, stating that in conse. quence of a report from the Comptroller of Legacy Duties the Board of Inland Revenue are of opinion that book-keeping may be omitted from the list of subjects prescribed for the examination of candidates nominated to clerkships in the Legacy Duty Office,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state, that retaining the view expressed in their Second Report with regard to the acquirement in question, they agree with the Board of Inland Revenue in regarding the report of the Comptroller of Legacy Duties as affording fully sufficient reason for its omission. The subjects of examination will, therefore, be those stated in your letter.

I have, &c.

LUNACY BOARD.

Mr. Forster to Mr. Maitland.

Office of Commissioners in Lunacy, 19, Whitehall Place, S.W., 21st January 1858.

SIR,

I AM directed by the Commissioners in Lunacy to request that you will have the goodness to move the Civil Service Commissioners to give the necessary order for the examination of Mr. nominated to a clerkship in this Office.

Adverting to a communication addressed to this Board by the Civil Service Commissioners on the 15th June 1855, bringing under their notice the terms of the Order in Council of the 21st May in that year, and desiring to be informed, pursuant to that Order, of the standard of qualifications and limits of age prescribed in the department, I am instructed to state that the qualifications deemed necessary are—that the clerk should write clearly and copy correctly from manu nuscript; that he should write correctly from dictation; that he should know the first four rules of arithmetic, so as to be able to compute averages; that he should have the power to make a précis or summary of cases or reports; and that he should be to write a letter from instructions.

With reference to age, I am to convey to you the desire of the Board, that with a view to the trustworthiness and discreetness required in an especial degree as to the many delicate matters necessarily disclosed in copying the letters and keeping the registers in Lunacy, the limits fixed for the entrance of clerks should include a range of from 25 to 35 years

of age.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Forster.

Civil Service Commission, S.W., 23rd January 1858.

SIR, In reply to your letter of the 21st instant, notifying a nomination to a clerkship in the office of the Commissioners in Lunacy, and specifying the subjects of examination and limits of age proposed by the Board,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that they will regulate in accordance with the wishes of the Board he examinations which may be conducted under their directions.

With respect to the proposed limits of age, I am to observe that they differ very considerably from those established in most of the other departments, and that in some of those departments (as, for example, in the Foreign Office) the duties of clerks are of a highly confidential nature. The Commissioners think it right to express their own preference for the ordinary limits; but being aware that the Lunacy Board must be most competent to form a judgment on the subject, and not doubting that the matter has been duly considered, they defer to the opinion of the Board.

I have, &c.

NATIONAL DEBT OFFICE.

Sir A. Y. Spearman, Bart., to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

National Debt Office, 18th March 1857. THE Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt desire me to bring before the Civil Service Commissioners the following alteration, which it appears to the Commissioners advisable to make in the regulations under which candidates for junior clerkships in this office are admitted for examination.

By the regulations already communicated to the Civil Service Commissioners, it was provided that no candidate should be admitted for examination after the age of 25 years, and the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt continue to be of opinion that, in so far as relates to persons admitted for the first time into the public service, that rule should be strictly maintained; but cases occur in which a person who has previously served in some other branch of the public service, into which he had entered under the age of 25, would be debarred by this rule from becoming a candidate, if he had passed the age of 25 for however short a time, without reference at all to the length of time in which he had been already employed in some other branch of the public service.

The Commissioners are of opinion, therefore, that the good of the public service will be consulted in extending, in such cases, the period for two years, within which the candidate may be admitted for examination.

I have, &c.

POOR LAW BOARD.

Mr. Maitland to Viscount Courtenay.
Civil Service Commission,
15th January 1857.

MY LORD,

In reply to your Lordship's letter of yesterday's date, relative to the examination of candidates nominated to compete for supplementary clerkships under the Poor Law Board,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that they will be prepared to commence the examination on Tuesday the 27th instant.

I enclose a memorandum in which the subjects of examination are finally recapitulated, requesting at the same time that if it is in any respect inconsistent with the wishes of the Poor Law Board, as conveyed in your letter, the necessary corrections may be suggested. I have, &c.

Enclosure.

POOR LAW BOARD.
Supplementary Clerkships.

Draft Scheme of Examination.

1. Exercises designed to test handwriting and orthography.

2. English composition.

3. Précis of correspondence.

4. Arithmetic, including vulgar and decimal fractions.

Carlisle.

Chelmsford.
Chippenham.

Colchester.

Deal.

Devonport.
Lincoln.

POST OFFICE.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland.

General Post Office, 13th February 1857.

SIR, I AM directed by the Postmaster-General to inform you that candidates for appointments as letter-carriers at Stockton, will, for the future, be examined under the directions of the Civil Service Commissioners. I am, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland.

SIR, General Post Office, 19th August 1857. I AM directed by the Postmaster-General to inform you that for the future, candidates for appointments as letter-carriers at the following places, will be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners, viz. :

Newport (Monmouthshire)..

Peterborough.

Rotherham.

Salisbury.

Stroud.

Winchester.
Yarmouth.

I am, &c.

Mr. F. Hill to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

General Post Office, 26th August 1857. I BEG leave to inform you that the Postmaster-General has decided, that for the future, candidates for the situations of lettercarriers at the following places should be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners, viz. :—

Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford (Yorkshire), Cambridge, Cardiff, Chatham, Coventry, Dover, Dudley, Gravesend, Halifax, Hastings, Hereford, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leamington, Oxford, Preston, Reading, Southport, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Walsall, Worcester, Limerick, Dundee, Greenock, Kilmarnock, and Paisley.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. F. Hill.

Civil Service Commission, 29th August 1857.

SIR,

WITH reference to your letter of the 26th inst., announcing the nomination of as a mail guard, and stating that the PostmasterGeneral would make an exception to the regulation as to age in his favour, in consideration of his distinguished services in the Army and Land Transport Corps during the late war,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to suggest, for the consideration of the Postmaster-General, that as it is probable that persons who have previously been in the public service, and whose ages exceed the prescribed maximum, will from time to time be nominated to situations in the Post Office, it might be desirable to provide for such cases by a definite rule, instead of leaving each to be treated when it arises as an exception.

Should his Grace be disposed to adopt this suggestion, the points. on which the Commissioners will be glad to receive his opinion, are, first, to what extent the limit should be enlarged in the case of mail guards and letter-carriers respectively; and, secondly, whether it would not be proper to confine the benefit of any extension which may be determined upon to candidates who, at their original entrance into the public service, were eligible in respect of age, for the situations in the Post Office, to which they are subsequently nominated.

The notes at the foot of page 2 of the enclosed document, show the regulations existing in many of the public departments.

I have, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland.

SIR, General Post Office, 28th January 1858. HAVING laid before the Postmaster-General your letter of the 31st August last, in which you suggest for his Grace's consideration, whether it is not advisable to lay down some definite rule respecting those persons nominated to situations in this department, who have previously been in the public service, and who are above the prescribed age, instead of dealing with each case as it arises, I am directed to acquaint you that after a careful consideration of the matter, the Duke of Argyll thinks it would be better not to adopt a rule applicable only to exceptional cases.

I am, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

General Post Office, 25th November 1857. I BEG to acquaint you that an addition of two clerks to the establishment of the Solicitor's office has recently been authorized; one to be placed on the third class, who must have had a legal education and have been articled for two or three years; the other to be placed on the fourth class, who will be employed merely in copying papers, and in the general routine of the office.

No examination has yet been fixed for clerks in the Solicitor's office; the Postmaster-General has, therefore, decided that clerks who are appointed to the third class shall undergo the same examination as clerks who are nominated to similar situations in the Treasury, viz. :—

1. Writing from dictation.

2. Arithmetic (including vulgar and decimal fractions).
3. English composition.

4. General principles of equity and common law.

5. Conveyancing.

And that clerks who are nominated to the fourth class shall be subject to the same examination as supplementary clerks in the Secretary's department of this office.

Persons nominated to either class will be subjected to the same regulations respecting age, health, and character, as clerks in the Secretary's office.

Mr.

has been nominated to the third class clerkship, and he has been instructed to present himself to the Civil Service Commissioners on the 30th instant.

The necessary certificates of age, health, and character, are enclosed.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Tilley.

SIR,

In reply to your letter of the 25th nation of candidates nominated to the ment of the General Post Office,

Civil Service Commission, 27th November 1857. instant, relative to the examiSolicitor's office in the depart

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to request you will acquaint the Postmaster-General that they will regulate, in conformity with his Grace's wish, the examinations which may be held under their directions.

I am to add, that the very considerable difference in the qualifications required for the two classes leads the Commissioners to infer that the position of those in the lower would correspond to that of supplementary clerks in the Secretary's office, and that they would not be admitted to the class above without having passed an examination in the subjects prescribed for that class.

I have, &c.

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