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CHAR 8/20/10

Letter from Joseph Chamberlain [Secretary of State for the Colonies] (Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham [Warwickshire]) to WSC, on publication of [Lord Randolph Churchill's] letters to him. He thanks WSC for sending him some extracts and states that he cannot see any objection to publishing them and also consents to publication of his own letters. He agrees that WSC's comments are fair and expects that his biography of Lord Randolph would be a great success. Chamberlain expresses the hope that WSC had put the petty differences between Lord Randolph and his contemporaries into proper proportion, adding that these had not detracted from Lord Randolph's fine qualities. He recalls that Lord Randolph never bore malice, though he might have been annoyed by what appeared to be the foolishness or disloyalty of his fellows. Chamberlain sums up by stating that if WSC had treated these episodes as considerately as he had those differences between Lord Randolph and Chamberlain himself then he would not offend anyone and those who had known Lord Randolph would recall him with pleasure and regret that his brilliant career was brought to a premature end.

1 folio
16 Jan 1905