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8th. Continuance of saptain Hook in the office of secretary to the government in the military department,notwithstanding the court's orders for his removal; and the appointment of captain Hill to be sub-secretary in that department.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE COURT's DRAFT, No. 128 66. The magistrates of Calcutta observed, that if the governor-general in council should grant a pension to Mr. Teretta, they were of opinion, “ that Mr. Blechynden appeared to them to be, in every respect, the person best qualified to succeed him, in which case, he would, of course, receive the salary attached to the office of superintendant of roads, amounting to Sicca rupees 700 per month, which was fixed at a general session of his majesty's justices of the peace.” 67. “Under that supposition the magistrates observed, the sum of 532 rupees would remain out of the fund above-stated. The whole, or such part of that sum, as his excellency in council might judge to be proper, might, consequently, be granted to Mr. Teretta, as a pension for his life, without increasing the public expenditure.” 68. Under these circumstances the gove nor-general in council directed the office of civil architect and assistant to the civil architect to be abolished, and a pension of 532 rupees per month to be granted to Mr. Teretta for his life. The governor-general observed, at the same time, that, on the decease of Mr. Teretta, it would probably be found to be practicable to save the above-stated expense of 532 rupees per month to government. 69. In the 102d paragraph of the letter from the court of directors, of the 26th March, 1801, the court of directors observe, “from the observations and suggestions in lord Cornwallis's letter to us of the 6th March, 1788, we yielded our assent to the office of secretary to the military board being occupied by a military man. But the reasons which were urged, in favour of that measure, do not apply to the secretary to your government in the military department, more especially as the annual list and returns, formerly transmitted to us by the late colonel Kyd, are now furnished through the adjutant-general and townmajor's offices. We therefore direct, that you reconsider your recent appointment of lieutenant Hook to be secretary of your government in the military department, for the purpose of conferring that appointment upon one of your civil servants.” 70. On the 20th June, 1804, the court, in the 147th paragraph of their military letter, again “ directed the governor-general in council to reconsider the appointment of captain Hook to be secretary in the military department, for the purpose of conferring that appointment on one of the company's civil servants, and disapproved of the appointment of captain Hill to be assistant-secretary in the military department.” 71. The orders of the court did not appear to be of that positive nature to require obedience without consideration of the convenience of the public service in India at the time when they were received. In the interval of time, which elapsed between the date of these orders, the urgency of public affairs prevented the possibility of making any revision of the offive of military secretary to the government. In the years'
observations ON THE COURT's DRAFT, No. 128. years 1802 and 1803, captain Hook was most usefully and laboriously employed in revising the military expenses of India, under the immediate orders of the governor-general, which revision and its result were highly approved by the court of directors, in their letter of the 20th June, 1804. The Mahratta was afterwards rendered it impracticable to attempt any alteration in the office, even if it had been deemed advisable to have appointed a civil servant to that situation. 72. On the receipt of the orders of the court of directors, of the 26th March, 1801, the governorgeneral directed his particular, attention to the objects of the arrangement, by which a military officer was appointed to conduct the duties of secretary to the government in the military department. The governorgeneral in council also directed his particular attention and observation to the progressive effects of that arrangement, since the receipt of the court's commands of the 26th March, 1801. It has already been stated, however, that the situation of public .. and the pressure of unavoidable important public business, prevented the governor-general in council from submitting in detail the result of his revisal of the proceedings of the supreme government, in 1798-9, for employing a military officer to conduct the details of the business in the office of secretary to the government in the military department. No inconvenience to the public service, or to the interests of the honourable, company, had been occasioned by the delay which had unavoidably occurred, in submitting, for the sonsideration of the court, the result in detail of the governor-general in council's most deliberate and attentive review of this subject. 73. The governor-general in council, on the 24th January, 1805, proceeded to reply to the court's orders of the 20th June, 1804, and to state to the court the circumstances which had compelle “the government to adopt the measures now under ceasideration, contained in the following extracts, from the proceedings of the supreme government. These proceedings will demoustrate, that the measure was not adopted without the fullest consideration, nor until experience had fully proved, that its adoption, or rather the revival of the measure, was absolutely and indispensably necessary for the proper performance of the duties of secretary to the government in the military department, Extract of a minute by lord Cornwallis, governorgeneral, dated the 27th of July, 1787. “The detail of the arrangement of the secretary's office, I propose shall continue as at present: viz. that there should be assistant secretaries for each of the departments of secret, public, and revenue, who will act under the orders of the secretary-general. “For the military department, there is at present a distinct secretary. The board may, at some future period, deem it proper to place this office on the same footing with the others, but as this alteration at preseat would only affect the name, and aot the business, $.
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oBSERVATIONS on THE courT's DRAFT, No. 128. arrangements, as well as the nature of the details of it; he begs leave to suggest that a separate assistant be appointed to this department, and that the person nominated be a military officer. “The governor-general in council approving of the suggestion of the secretary, resolves, that lieutenant L. Hook be appointed first-assistant in the military department in the office of the secretary to the government.” 74. From these cztracts it appears, that previously to the year 1787, a military officer was established as a distinct secretary to the government, for conducting the details of the business of the government in the military department. The arrangement, therefore, which was adopted by the government in 1796-7, and pursued in the arrangement of 1798-9, was only a revival of the principle, which had previously been established, but which had been suspended for a time in the year 1793; and was not the establishment of a new principle. 75. It may also be observed, that during the administration of lord Cornwallis, the governorgeneral in council, on the 21st of January, 1788, recorded his opinion, that the separate office of subsecretary to the government in the military department was necessary, and that it was then resolved, “that whenever colonel Kyd shall vacate his present office, his successorshall receive no other appointment than sub-secretary to the military department, with the same allowances as the sub-secretaries to the other departments. The nature of the business transacted in it suggests the propriety of its being filled by a military officer.” 76. The government on the decease of lieutenantcolonel Kyd, deemed it necessary to carry into effect the arrangement determined on by the resolutions of the 31st January, 1788, as far as related to the appointment of a sub-secretary for the conduct of the business in the military department, and accordingly, on the third July, 1793, that appointment was also abolished, and the secretary-general was instructed to take charge of the records in the office of the late lieutenant-colonel Kyd. 77. From that period of time (July, 1798) the performance of the duties of the military department devolved, in a great measure, conformably to the resolutions above adverted to, upon the secretary to the government, until the month of December, 1796, when it was found indispensably necessary to the due and proper performance of the details of the duties in the military department of the government, which had been greatly increased by the military arrangements, to revert to the original established principle, | which the conduct of the details of the business of the government in the military department was committed to a military officer, (the propriety of adhering to which principle is formally record lord Cornwallis, in his minute in council of the 31st of January, 1788,) and accordingly to call in the • C assiste
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