The Financial and Clerical Establishment of the Admiralty Office, 1783-1806

By P.K. Crimmin, published August 1969


This article shows the ways in which the Treasury tried to exert control over naval finance, against the wishes of the Admiralty.   It examines the fees, sinecures and emoluments by which employees could legitimately enhance their official wages, these being seen as customary payments. The recommendations of the Select Committee on Finance of 1797 were not followed, instead the Admiralty made its own more generous pay changes. The Admiralty recognised that unless rewards were compatible with work done, suitable applicants would not come forward. Pensions were also linked with years of service. The Admiralty retained control of its financial and clerical establishment.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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