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CHAR 28/100 Acquired Papers. Letters from Lady Randolph Churchill to Lord Randolph Churchill during his travels subsequent to his resignation. The letters chiefly describe political affairs. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/100/1

Filing slip describing the contents of CHAR 28/100 as letters from Lady Randolph Churchill to Lord Randolph Churchill dating to 1886 and written during his travels subsequent to his resignation. Annotated with a note by Lady Randolph "sorted for Blenheim.".

1 folio
[1900]
CHAR 28/100/2-7

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: a dinner with Consuelo [Duchess of Manchester]; a meeting with HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]; assurance that a letter from "GD" has been locked away; a dinner with [Lewis] Harcourt who had been "pompous" about [George] Goschen and [Lord Randolph]; a speech by [Charles] Parnell; the approval of "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain] for [Lord Randolph's] decision to go away; and news of Goschen.

6 folios
06 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/8-9

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for his letter; rumours in the press of the resignation of [4th Lord] Dunraven [as Under Secretary of State for the Colonies]; discussion of the political situation and the "beastly funk" of the Liberals; and a suggestion that she should attend a party with Conservative figures although she is irritated by the "ingratitude" of the [Conservative] Party.

2 folios
08 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/10-11

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (Somerby Grove, Oakham [Rutland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: the success of a concert in which she played [the piano]; the resignation of [4th Lord] Dunraven [as Under Secretary of State for the Colonies] which has counterbalanced the effect of [George] Goschen's successes; an invitation from Alice, Lady Salisbury and the recommendation of George [Lord Curzon, later 4th Lord Howe] that she should attend as [the Conservative Party] would like [Lord Randolph] to return.

2 folios
11 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/12-14

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: pleasure that he is enjoying his travels; a dinner with [4th Lord] Dunraven; comments by [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] about [Lord Randolph]; [Robert, 3rd Lord] Salisbury's interview with [4th Lord] Dunraven concerning the latter's resignation [as Under Secretary of State for the Colonies]; speculation on the possible appointment of [George] Goschen; WSC's visit to a pantomime which mentioned [Lord Randolph] at which he defended his father, saying "Stop that row you snub-nosed Radical!".

3 folios
15 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/15-16

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including Arthur Balfour's comments on Lord Randolph's decision to leave the country and discussion of the political implications of his decision.

2 folios
[Jan] [1886]
CHAR 28/100/17-18

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her decision to accept an invitation from Lady Salisbury; comments about "Natty" [Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild] whom she describes as a "strange creature"; "Bill" [William] Fellowes [later 2nd Lord De Ramsey's] opinion about [Lord Randolph's] position in the [Conservative] Party and comments on a scheme for Egypt which has been proposed by "Wolffino" [Sir Henry Drummond Wolff].

2 folios
[Jan] [1886]
CHAR 28/100/19-21

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: a description of a dinner at which she discussed [Lord Randolph], Henry James and [George] Goschen with [Robert, 3rd] Lord Salisbury; the popularity of WH Smith with the [Conservative] Party; a speech by [4th Lord] Dunraven which was "a fiasco"; a dinner with Charles Beresford and observations about "Harry" [Henry] Chaplin.

3 folios
21 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/22

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks him for his letter about Biskra [Algeria], expresses indignation at the omission of [Robert, 3rd]Lord Salisbury's comments about him by the press and reports that she is to play the piano in a concert at St James' Hall [London, for the Primrose League].

1 folio
23 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/23-27

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: the work that George [Lord Curzon, later 4th Lord Howe] has done regarding [Lord Randolph's] political position; news of earthquakes at Monte Carlo [Monaco] where "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] and "Mama" [Clara Jerome] are; the kindness of the Prince [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] about him and towards her parents; a discussion with [Charles] Ritchie; the peculiar behaviour of "Natty" [Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild]; comments about [Lord Randolph] by "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain]; the success of a concert at the Wimborne [Dorset] Habitation [of the Primrose League]; her involvement with the preparations for the "women's jubilee offering" in Paddington [London] which she describes as a "bore" and news of WSC.

5 folios
27 Feb [1886]
CHAR 28/100/28-30

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: an enclosure from WSC [not present]; a comment that "people are as venomous &ill natured about us as possible"; a debate at the House of Commons and the foolish conduct of [WH] Smith; her social engagements and political gossip including the resignation of [Michael Hicks] Beach [later Lord St Alwyn as Chancellor of the Exchequer].

3 folios
05 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/100/31-32

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](The Castle, Dublin [Ireland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of political affairs including the implications of the resignation of [Michael Hicks] Beach [later Lord St Alwyn, as Chancellor of the Exchequer]; comments about Arthur Balfour and his appointment [as Secretary of State for Scotland] ; and approval for his decision not to go to Monte Carlo [Monaco].

2 folios
08 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/100/33-34

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](The Castle, Dublin [Ireland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including a description of those present at the party, discussion of political affairs including the budget plans of [George] Goschen and news of WSC.

2 folios
14 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/100/35-36

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](Summerhill House, Enfield, County Meath [Ireland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she comments on his "thrilling adventures" at Naples [Sicily, see CHAR 28/8/20-23] and on his travels and discusses political affairs including an incorrect statement made by Arthur Balfour.

2 folios
20 [Jun] [1886]
CHAR 28/100/37-39

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](Summerhill House, Enfield, County Meath [Ireland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: regret that he has not received her letters; an invitation from Castlereagh [6th Lord Londonderry] and his ineffectiveness in his post [as Viceroy of Ireland]; a purse she would like him to buy for her in Paris [France]; news of [Arthur Balfour]; and the financial difficulties of Clara [Frewen, earlier Clara Jerome] and Moreton [Frewen].

3 folios
22 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/100/40-42

Letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](Summerhill House, Enfield, County Meath [Ireland]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: regret that he has not received her letters; arrangements for his return to Paddington [London]; George Curzon [later 4th Lord Howe's] kindness in keeping her informed about political matters; comments about [Arthur Balfour] and his "peevish garrulous" voice; and letters from "Jack" [John S Churchill].

3 folios
24 Mar [1886]