Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The Clerk of the Acts was officially responsible for the secretarial side of the Navy Board's work. Samuel Pepys was appointed to this post. He broadened his knowledge by studying the functions of his colleagues and the work of affiliated organisations like the Ordinance Board and the victuallers, untill his influence spread to cover the whole range of Navy Board business.
CLERKE OF THE ACTS. read introhttp://www.pepysdiary.com/intro/pepys/then Particulars of the life of Samuel Pepys
then approx 1/4 the way downCLERKE OF THE ACTS.
"...The clarke of the Navye’s duty depends principally upon rateing (by the Board’s approbation) of all bills and recording of them, and all orders, contracts & warrants, making up and casting of accompts, framing and writing answers to letters, orders, and commands from the Councell, Lord High Admirall, or Commissioners of the Admiralty, and he ought to be a very able accomptant, well versed in Navall affairs and all inferior officers dutyes..."
1660 Sam does the paperwork hoop jumping necessary for the jobClerk of the Acts of the Navy Board23 June *Montagu tells Sam he has a promise of the post for him29 June *Sam receives a warrant for the post from the Duke of York9 July *Sam draws up the bill for his appointment10 July *Sam receives a warrant for the post from the Attorney General11 July *Sam’s warrant turned into a bill, signed by the king12 July *Sam’s bill is granted a Privy Seal writ for his patent12-13 July *Sam finds a Chancery clerk to formally write out his patent13 July *Sam takes the patent to Mr. Beale for a docket13 July *Sam takes the patent to the Lord Chancellor to be sealed
Warrant-to-bill-to-patent path courtesy of Sara George in “The Journal of Mrs. Pepys.”
Job description and no CV to qualify ?The following description of the duty of the Clerk of the Acts shows the importance of the office, and the statement that if the clerk is not fitted to act as a commissioner he is a blockhead and unfit for his employment is particularly racy, and not quite the form of expression one would expect to find in an official document: "CLERKE OF THE ACTS. "The clarke of the Navye's duty depends principally upon rateing (by the Board's approbation) of all bills and recording of them, and all orders, contracts & warrants, making up and casting of accompts, framing and writing answers to letters, orders, and commands from the Councell, Lord High Admirall, or Commissioners of the Admiralty, and he ought to be a very able accomptant, well versed in Navall affairs and all inferior officers dutyes. "It hath been objected by some that the Clarke of the Acts ought to be subordinate to the rest of the Commissioners, and not to be joyned in equall power with them, although he was so constituted from the first institution, which hath been an opinion only of some to keep him at a distance, least he might be thought too forward if he had joynt power in discovering or argueing against that which peradventure private interest would have concealed; it is certaine no man sees more of the Navye's Transactions than himselfe, and possibly may speak as much to the project if required, or else he is a blockhead, and not fitt for that imployment. But why he should not make as able a Commissioner as a Shipp wright lett wise men judge." In Pepys's patent the salary is stated to be L33 6s. 8d., but this was only the ancient "fee out of the Exchequer," which had been attached to the office for more than a century. Pepys's salary had been previously fixed at L350 a-year. Neither of the two qualifications upon which particular stress is laid in the above Instructions was possessed by Pepys. He knew nothing about the navy, and so little of accounts that apparently he learned the multiplication table for the first time in July, 1661
more background: Clerk of the Actshttp://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com... of the Acts#s2
future problems and Scandals at:http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=27061&strquery=Clerk%20of%20the%20Acts
this will show that there be two Clerks to the Clerk of the Acts 1660 [that work for Sam ]; Hayter,T and Hewer but former be senior by 13 days, as Clerks to the Clerk of the Acts 1660http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com...
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