An ACT concerning the Secretary of this Commonwealth.
WHEREAS it appears to the legislature that the office of secretary for this commonwealth is of great importance, and requires great attention and much labor, and it is deemed expedient that the secretary shall be authorized to employ an assistant at his own expense, for whose conduct he shall be responsible; and it also seeming to the legislature that the salary annexed to that office is not equal to the services thereof, or in proportion to the salaries annexed to other offices: wherefore,
SECTION 1. BE it enacted by the general assembly, That in lieu of the salary at present payable to the secretary of this commonwealth, he shall be authorized to receive, for every year, the sum of six hundred dollars, quarterly, out of the treasury, as heretofore.
SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the secretary, with the assent of the governor, to employ an assistant, at his own proper costs and charges; which assistant, in case of indisposition, or necessary absence of the secretary, shall do the business in the name of the secretary, for which the secretary shall be as responsible as if done by himself.
This act shall commence and be in force from and after the first day of January next.