[Lord Salisbury to Sir Reginald Brade, Under-Secretary of State for War.] Five Autograph Letters (three signed 'Salisbury') to Brade and his PS, on Army Chaplains and the Chaplain General, with a complaint of a 'scandal' over chaplains in India.

Lord Salisbury [James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury] (1861-1947), Liberal politician [Sir Reginald Herbert Brade (1864-1933), Under-Secretary of State for War, 1914-1920]
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All on letterheads: three from Hatfield House, Herts; and one apiece from the War Office, Whitehall, and 20 Arlington Street, S.W.1 [London]. One from 1916, two from 1918, one headed 'Sunday' and the other undated.
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Salisbury was a Liberal politician and the son of the Prime Minister. Some background to the correspondence is supplied by the Times articles, 'The Church in War', 6 February 1918 and 'Bishops' War Session' ('Supply of Chaplains'), 10 July 1918. The five items in good condition, on 12mo bifoliums. The first two items below are addressed to Brade himself, and the other three to his private secretary. The first three letters are signed 'Salisbury', the other two are in the third person. ONE: To Brade. War Office, 'Sunday'. 3pp. Written in pencil. Begins: 'Dear Sir Reginald | I called on the chance of seeing you. | I have been with the C[haplain] G[eneral] this morning. Apparently nothing has been come from [sic] the India Office about | 1. The responsibility for the Chaplains on the Hospital Ships between Basra and India, nor | 2. The authority over the Chaplains at Bombay | These delays I need not say amount to a scandal.' Salisbury has 'urged the C. G. to go down to the India Office every few days until the matter is settled', but would prefer it if the War Office were to 'send telegraphic orders to the Acting Principal Chaplain in India to take over the control in those particulars. If there is a row so much the better. It will any how force a decision and will convince the India Office that there is a limit to official patience.' He asks for 'a line' letting him know whether Brade thinks 'this can be done'. TWO: To Brade. Hatfield House, 12 November 1916. 2pp. He has 'just had a feeling that the Summonses have never been sent out for the Chaplains Committee on Tuesday – the day after tomorrow!' If the matter has been overlooked he suggests the sending of 'telegrams to the members. Most of them will expect it all right as we settled it last time but if the summons is not received may think there is some change.' THREE: To Brade's PS. Hatfield, undated. Asking for the enclosed to 'go by the bag (completing the D[eputy]. C[haplain]. G[eneral].'s address)', and for replies to be sent to Hatfield 'as soon as they are received'. FOUR: To Brade's PS, in the third person. Hatfield, 3 August 1918. 1p. Asking for the forwarding of enclosed, '(properly addressed) to the Deputy Chaplain General in France'. FIVE: TO Brade's PS, in the third person. Hatfield, 12 December 1918. 1p. Asking for 'this letter' to be 'forwarded by bag on the first opportunity'.