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‘Home’ government and administration: Correspondence and memoranda relating to the appointment of an auditor of the home accounts of the Indian Government

Entire bundle is wrapped within a printed memo, presumably for the perusal of the Cabinet, dating from after 7 Feb 1872, concerning the appointment of the auditorship of the home accounts of the Indian Gov

  1. 5 Nov 1871: Lowe: Sets out reasons for his belief that the appointment of the auditorship of the home accounts of the Indian Gov should rest with Chancellor of the Exchequer rather than Sec of State for India
  2. 5 Nov 1871: Lowe: Copy of letter above
  3. 7 Nov 1871: Argyll to Gladstone: copy of letter in which Argyll sets out his countervailing reasons for believing appointment should lie with the Sec of State
  4. 7 Nov 1871: Argyll to Lowe: on auditor question – ‘The position is anomalous, I admit, whichever way you take it. But so are all our relations with India, and all our machinery for administering it’
  5. 10 Nov 1871: Gladstone: Auditor question: takes A’s view of the matter
  6. 10 Nov 1871: Lowe: Auditor question: will listen to Gladstone’s view of the matter, but is unwilling to be bound by it
  7. 10 Nov 1871: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question
  8. 11 Nov 1871: Halifax: Auditor question: fears that appointment lies with Chancellor of the Exchequer; Education of Muslims
  9. 16 Nov 1871: Lowe: Auditor question: convinced in his view that he alone possesses power of appointment
  10. 16 Nov 1871: Halifax: Auditor question
  11. 21 Nov 1871: Halifax: Auditor question: confirms that he holds to his former view
  12. 21 Nov 1871: Argyll to Lowe: copy of letter concerning auditor question
  13. 26 Nov 1871: Halifax: Auditor question; Recommendation of Sir L Mallet for the Council
  14. 20 Dec 1871: Lowe: Recommends Mr Blackwood for position of auditor
  15. 20 Dec 1871: Lowe: Copy of letter above
  16. 21 Dec 1871: Merivale: Auditor question
  17. 21 Dec 1871: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question
  18. 22 Dec 1871: Lowe : Auditor question: refuses to refer it to Cabinet
  19. 23 Dec 1871: Benthall: Auditor question
  20. 24-25 Dec 1871: Argyll to Queen Victoria: draft letter concerning auditor question and asking her to withhold her warrant for present
  21. 24 Dec 1871: Argyll to Queen Victoria: copy letter of above
  22. 25 Dec 1871: Argyll to Queen Victoria: copy letter of above
  23. 25 Dec 1871: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question
  24. 25 Dec 1871: Argyll: Copy of letter above
  25. 25 Dec1871: Ponsonby: Confirms that Queen will withhold warrant until she hears from Gladstone
  26. 25 Dec 1871: Ponsonby to Gladstone: copy of letter confirming Queen’s withholding of warrant
  27. 27 Dec 1871: Lowe: Auditor question
  28. 27 Dec 1871: Halifax: Governorship of Madras; Auditor question. [1 enclosure - letter from Childers concerning appointment]
  29. 27 Dec 1871: Gladstone to Queen Victoria: Auditor question
  30. 27 Dec 1871: Gladstone: Auditor question: ‘Lowe really has not a leg to stand upon’; Life of Lee
  31. 28 Dec 1871: Gurdon: Auditor question
  32. 30 Dec 1871: Merivale: Auditor question: provides snippet from Hansard in support of Argyll’s case
  33. 4 Jan 1872: Halifax: Auditor question
  34. 5 Jan 1872: Broughton (Chancellor of the Exchequer’s private sec) to Benthall: pension list and auditor question
  35. 6 Jan 1872: Merivale: Auditor question and payment of pensions
  36. Jan 1872: Sir Erskine Perry: Memo on clauses of 1858 Gov of India act concerning the counter-signature of the Chancellor of the Exchequer
  37. Jan 1872: Lowe: Printed Cabinet memo on auditor question
  38. 9 Jan 1872: Argyll: Printed Cabinet memo on auditor question
  39. 10 Jan 1872: Lowe: Auditor question and will defer signing pension warrant
  40. 11 Jan 1872: Sir E Perry: Auditor question
  41. 12 Jan 1872: Argyll: Printed Cabinet memo on countersignatures by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Indian acts
  42. 15 Jan 1872: Broughton to Benthall: Auditor question
  43. 16 Jan 1872: Broughton to Benthall: Auditor question
  44. 17 Jan 1872: Benthall to Broughton: Auditor question
  45. 22 Jan 1872: Lowe: Auditor question
  46. 24 Jan 1872: Argyll: Memo concerning countersignatures of Chancellor of the Exchequer
  47. 24 Jan 1872: Argyll: Memo concerning countersignatures of Chancellor of the Exchequer
  48. 28 Jan 1872: Argyll to Grant Duff: Auditor question
  49. 30 Jan 1872: Lowe: Proposes Mr Blackwood as auditor
  50. 31 Jan 1872: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question – says Lowe’s actions are contrary to the decision of the Cabinet which deemed the appointment of the auditor to lie with the Sec of State
  51. 1 Feb 1872: Lowe: Auditor question – explains that ‘deadlock’ has been reached in that, whilst Cabinet recognised the right of Argyll to present the nomination to the Queen alone, it did not give him the sole right to choose the person to be nominated
  52. 2 Feb 1872: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question
  53. 2 Feb 1872: Argyll: Memo on auditor question
  54. 3 Feb 1872: Hartington: Auditor question
  55. [undated]: Lord Chancellor: Auditor question
  56. [undated]: [Cabinet member]: Auditor question – part of letter missing
  57. 6 Feb 1872: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question
  58. 6 Feb 1872: C. Rivers Wilson to Benthall: returns pension warrant countersigned by Mr Lowe
  59. 6 Feb 1872: Argyll to Lowe: proposes Mr Drummond for office of auditor
  60. 6 Feb 1872: Lowe: Objects to Drummond’s nomination
  61. 7 Feb 1872: Argyll to Lowe: Auditor question – ‘I must therefore conclude from the correspondence to which you refer to me, either that you will object to every candidate named by me: or that you will object to every man who has been in either the Civil or Military Services of State’
  62. 24 Feb 1872: Gladstone: Question as to whether he will serve as arbiter in the auditor question
  63. 26 Feb 1872: West? to Benthall: Lowe will accept no arbiter
  64. 29 Apr 1872: Argyll to Lowe: Suggests Sir C. Jackson as nominee for auditor
  65. 10 May 1872: Lowe: Willing to accept Jackson

‘Home’ government and administration: Correspondence concerning applications for the post of permanent under-secretary of state for India

  1. 9 Feb 1874: Liet.-Col. A. Strange: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India
  2. 9 Feb 1874: Maine to Lord Halifax: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India
  3. 10 Feb 1874: Algernon West: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India. [1 enclosure - Argyll’s response to letter, 16 Feb. 1874]
  4. 10 Feb 1874: Sir Louis Mallet: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India
  5. 10 Feb 1874: Colvin: Applications for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India from West and Mallet; Gauge question on Punjab Northern railway; Need for Argyll’s recommendation for honours to be given to Mr Secombe
  6. 10 Feb 1874: Mrs Romaines to Sir Henry [Rawlinson?]: requests post of Permanent Under-Sec for her husband
  7. 11 Feb 1874: Henry Danby Seymour: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec
  8. 11 Feb 1874: Mr Claude Erskine: Application for post of Permanent Under-Sec of State for India
  9. 16 Feb 1874: Argyll to Secombe: copy letter in response to Secombe’s application for the post of permanent under-sec at the India Office

‘Home’ government and administration: Papers concerning various administrative matters related to the India Office, especially the appointment of writers, promotions, annuities, and the amalgamation of departments

  1. 12 Dec 1868: Benthall: MS. memo regarding the attendance of secretaries of departments at the India Office – not to remain beyond 5pm unless instructed
  2. Post Sep 1868: List of members of Indian legislative council in the United Kingdom
  3. 1 Jan 1869: Northbrook: Recommends General Balfour
  4. Mar 1869: Argyll: MS. note on proposed clause for laying orders before parliament
  5. 9 Nov 1869: Kaye: Seeking resolution of outstanding questions between India Office and FO
  6. Jun/Jul 1871: Foreign Office: Printed draft order in council from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in order to constitute a uniform body of Writers, transferrable as the needs of the public service may require
  7. 29 Jul 1871: C. Rivers Wilson [priv sec to Robert Lowe] to Benthall: Mr Lowe hopes that the new rules as to Writers will be adopted at the India Office
  8. Jul 1871: Benthall: MS. memo on the India Office establishment, together with the likely effects of Lowe’s proposed alterations, and Benthall’s own views on what is wanted for the India Office
  9. 4 Aug 1871: Benthall to Wilson: Expresses Argyll’s reservations as to the applicability of certain parts of the new draft order as to Writers in connection with the India Office
  10. 14 Aug 1871: Benthall: MS. memo on proposed future arrangements of the revenue department following the death of Mr Prideaux
  11. 21 Aug 1871: Mr Phillimore: Resolves to resign following the decision to amalgamate the revenue department with that of the judicial and public following Mr Prideaux’s death
  12. 23 Aug 1871: Mr Merivale: Proposal to appoint a Chief Clerk to the revenue department
  13. 28 Aug 1871: Benthall: Forwards with remarks a memorial (not extant) signed by senior and junior clerks from the India Office against A’s proposed introduction of an outsider into the revenue department to fill roles of sec and assistant to revenue department
  14. 28 Aug 1871: Merivale: Pension arrangements for Mr Phillimore, and the arrangements for filling up the office
  15. 30 Aug 1871: Merivale: Forwards office memorial described above, objecting to the proposed introduction of an outsider into the revenue department. [3 enclosures - said memorial, plus two notes from Benthall concerning the memo of Stafford Northcote referred to in the memorial]
  16. 28 Aug 1871: John S. Oliphant [clerk of India Office] to Benthall: Forwards copy of office memorial described above
  17. 1 Sep [1871]: H.L. Anderson to Merivale: Offers suggestions to possible rearrangements of office -recommends amalgamation of the public and judicial departments, as not enough to keep two assistants occupied and then recommends personnel for various offices
  18. 2 Sep 1871: Merivale: Concerning a letter in The Times referring to the proposals for alterations in the revenue department of the India Office
  19. 5 Sep 1871: Merivale: Sends apology from Mt Philipps, junior clerk, for the letter to The Times
  20. 30 Oct 1871: Junior clerks of India Office: MS. memorial objecting to the promotion of only one clerk from the junior to senior class when 5 retirements are to take place. [2 enclosures: statements showing the names, ages and service of all junior and senior clerks in the correspondence department, and a note by Benthall with remarks on the same]
  21. 1 Nov 1871: Mr Markham: Request to be transferred to the revenue department
  22. 15 Nov 1871: Grant Duff: Retirement and proposed pension for Mr Forsyth; Case of Mr Shadwell’s possible retirement. [1 enclosure concerning Mr Forsyth]
  23. 17 Nov 1871: Mr Forsyth: Appeals against his proposed dismissal and pension
  24. 20 Nov 1871: Merivale: Difficulties connected with Mr Forsyth’s case
  25. Nov 1871: MS. statement showing the financial results of the rearrangements made in office
  26. 23 Jul 1872: Sir J Kaye/Mr Thornton: On appointment of Mr Secombe as Assistant Under-Sec of State for India
  27. 24 Jul 1872: Grant Duff: Expressing doubts as to Argyll’s proposed letter to Kaye and Thornton concerning Secombe’s appointment – A has made annotations in red ink: ‘Kaye and Thornton have no right to demand such explanations but I always think it wise to treat men in a conciliatory spirit when they even think they have grounds of complaint’
  28. 24 Jul 1872: Benthall: Concerning Grant Duff’s letter described above and the appointment of Mr Secombe
  29. 25 Jul 1872: Argyll to Kaye: copy letter concerning Secombe’s appointment – Argyll has marked up the draft with red annotations, presumably in response to Grant Duff’s reservations (see above)
  30. 26 Jul 1872: Mr Thornton: On appointment of Mr Secombe
  31. 26 Jul 1872: Argyll to Thornton: copy letter concerning Secombe’s appointment – ‘Selection and not seniority is the principle of all appointments in this office. This ought to be a reality and not a name. No man is a judge in his own case; and, therefore, I hold that those who do not happen to be selected cannot complain because they are not considered as the fittest for any appointment…I think you ought no more to be aggrieved at this than I ought to be aggrieved if I were told that, though fit for the India Office, I am not so well fitted for the Home Office – which would be quite true’
  32. 27 Jul 1872: Mr Secombe to Benthall: Service and salary of Establishment Clerks and Extra Clerks under the East India Company
  33. 10 Oct 1873: Grant Duff: Agricultural and Commercial department; Case of Mr Elliott
  34. 29 Dec 1873: Merivale: Question as to whether Sir F Currie’s dissent to the railway gauge despatch of 20 Nov. 1873 need be recorded
  35. 12 Jan 1874: Merivale: Power of members of Legislative Council to record dissents
  36. 9 Feb 1874: Argyll: Memo on his opinion of the proposals recommended by the Committee on the Revenue Department esp. concerning the amalgamation of the Revenue and Judicial secretariat

A Copy of the Craignish Manuscripts.

A copy of the famous Craignish MSS, bringing the history down to the Crimean War [c1854]. Annotation adds that it is verbatim identical with the typewritten copy given to the 10th Duke by Campbell of Barbreck in 1907 “but in the latter the placenames are far more correctly spelt”.

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