PP/GC/LE/55 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning the abolition of the office of Queen's Remembrancer, 20 January [1856]
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Downing Street, [Whitehall, London], to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston: there is a branch of the Exchequer which is "a sort of debateable land between the Treasury and the Court". It is the department in which the revenue cases are managed and certain fines and entreats are received and accounted for. "There is an officer at the head of it who is called the Queen's Remembrancer: he is appointed by the Treasury, but when once appointed he is officer of the Court of Exchequer, and I remember that when I took an oath in Norman French as Chancellor, he administered it to me. The forms of this branch of the Court of Exchequer are antiquated and vexatious, and I have in concert with the Chief Baron arranged that there should be an enquiry by a member of the Court and a clerk of the Treasury. The report of these two gentlemen - a very clear and well drawn document - has recently been received, and it recommends the abolition of the office of Queen's Remembrancer, and the incorporation of his department with the rest of the Court. The Chief Baron is prepared to give all due facilities for this arrangement, which will prune away useless and obselete forms, and save expense to the public, and I have informed him that the Treasury will give effort to the changes. Vincent, who now holds the office of Queen's Remembrancer, is appointed during good behaviour, and will be entitled to retire on his full salary." 20 Jan [1856]
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Vincent, Queen's Remembrancer
Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer
Great Britain; administration; legal system; appointments; patronage
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