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Excerpt from The Army and Religion: An Inquiry and Its Bearing Upon the Religious Life of the Nation
The first step was the preparation and issue of a Questionnaire, which was addressed, with a request for kind and helpful reply, to a number of individuals (and in some few cases groups) of the most various kinds.
Nearly three hundred memoranda, often of consider able length, resting on the evidence of many hundred witnesses, have been thus obtained from men of all ranks, Generals down to privates, chaplains, doctors, nurses, hut leaders and workers, and also from Com mittees appointed at the great Bases in England and France to collect evidence. Most of them were written with keen personal interest in the matter of the Enquiry. Most remarkable was the convergence upon significant main lines of the great body of this testimony. In a few cases the Committee had the advantage of personal interviews with the witnesses. The great bulk of the written communications were confidentially multiplied and circulated to each member of Committee. Much which has not been quoted has been used. As the next stage the Committee were then enabled by the kindness and hospitality of the Marquis of Salisbury to spend four days together at Hatfield in August, 1917, for united consideration of the evidence. The main lines of the Report were there decided. But it was at once apparent that if the Report was to have unity, proportion, and force.
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