Alexander Hamilton Papers

Enclosure: Remarks A, 11 May 1792

remarks A1

The Register in the Arrangement of Salaries has been governd by the following Principals.

1st. He has endeavoured to compensate those from whose Abilities he has derived the greatest Assistance, and from whose Characters the same might be made with general Approbation.

2. To employ as many Clerks beyond the number estimated for as the Fund appropriated for their payment (consistent with the foregoing) wou’d admit, and also consistent with

3. The Retention of a Sum for the payment of such Clerks from the nature of whose Employment, Extra Services are frequently required; particularly at the Books of the various public Stocks and other pressing Business, some of whom have been employ’d from 6 in the Morning untill 10 at night. In these Cases an Extra Compensation, seemed indispensable. But throughout the Register has strictly conformed himself to the 3d Section of the Act, supplemental to the Act for establishing the Treasury Departmt. dated the 3rd. March 1791.2

4. The Sum appropriated for the payment of the Clerks in the Registers Office for the year 1792 is as follows

26 Clerks @ 500 drs. Dollars 13.000  
3 do. for arranging public Securities  1.500  
Total appropriated for the Payment of Clerks 14.500  
Deduct 1st. Quarter received 31st. March 1792  3,599:62
Leaves for 9 Months Clerks Salaries 10,900.38.
9 months for 33 Clerks on the Salaries as stated
in the foregoing Schedule amounts to

But as it is probable that some may be absent with leave on a deduction of Salary, the above Sum of 10,900.38 may be sufficient.

The Opening of the Loan Office3 and other additional Business, flowing from the Acts passed last Session may require One or Two more Clerks. In that Case it will be a question whether they shoud be taken from the Supernumary, engaged in the Arrangement of the public Securities, or others appointed.

With respect to the Supernumary: Clerks employed in the arangeing the public Securities, it has been with a view to expedite that Business and also to render any further Appropriation of Monies for that Object the least possible. It may be observed that the Salaries to the persons employ’d are low, excepting the Superintendant who is active in the Business and will it is expected complete the Arrangement, to answer the Object of Enquiry as accurately as so extensive an Examination will admit.

33 is the Actual Number of Clerks now employed which
  @ 500 Dollar amounts to
Their Salaries as arranged amounts to 14.650
If 500 Dollars equal to one Clerks Salary be added
for Services of an Extraordinary Nature
There will remain a Difference between the
  Salaries agreeably to the Act of 3rd. March 1791
  in favour of the Treasury Arrangement for the
  Registers Office
 1 350

The Register woud take this Opportunity of suggesting for future Consideration. That if from the Decrease of Business in his Office, the number of Clerks shou’d be lessened so as not to admit of an Allowance to the Superintending Clerks, adequate to their Services and the Confidence which from long and faithful Attention they might be deemed to merit, whether some permanent additional Salary might not become a Subject of Consideration.

All which is very respectfully Submitted.

J. N. Regr.

1DS, RG 53, Register of the Treasury, Estimates and Statements for 1792, Vol. “134-T,” National Archives.

2Section 3 of “An Act supplemental to the act ‘establishing the Treasury Department,’ and for a farther compensation to certain officers” reads in part as follows: “That it shall and may be lawful for the principal in any of the offices of the United States, who is authorized by law to appoint clerks under him, to allow to each clerk such compensation for his services, as he shall, in the opinion of such officer, deserve for the same: Provided, That the whole sum to be expended for clerks in any such office (except the chief clerk) shall not exceed a sum equal to five hundred dollars per annum for every clerk employed therein” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 215).

3See “An Act supplementary to the act making provision for the Debt of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 281–83 [May 8, 1792]).

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