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CHAR 28/109 Acquired Papers. Letters from Frances, Duchess of Marlborough to Lord Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed.

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CHAR 28/109/1

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she asks about his political ambitions; relays a message that [Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild] is "aggrieved" at not hearing from him; describes a dinner she attended with [George, 8th Duke of Marlborough, formerly Lord] Blandford and "Lily" [Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough, later Lady William Beresford] and discusses a dance which she is hosting which she would like him to attend with Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill], the publication of his speeches and political news.

1 folio
19 Feb 1889
CHAR 28/109/2

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she describes a ball organised by Cornelia [Lady Wimborne, earlier Cornelia, Lady Guest and Lady Cornelia Churchill] and refers to an enclosure [not present] and a rumour that he had circulated private letters belonging to HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales].

1 folio
[1876]
CHAR 28/109/3-4

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] has written an account of "The Interview" [with Albert Edward, Prince of Wales about his quarrel with Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; assures him that his father has tried to preserve his reputation as a "gentleman and a man of honour"; discusses the apology which should be made to the Prince; and encloses a copy of her letter to the Prince [not present]. Includes a note from Marlborough advising Lord Randolph to write a "soft answer" to the Prince.

2 folios
[1876]
CHAR 28/109/5

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Branksome Dene, Bournemouth [Hampshire]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] discussing arrangements for his return home and her poor health; asking whether he and Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] would like "Lily" [Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough, later Lady William Beresford] to care for [WSC and John S Churchill] and expressing a desire to see him.

1 folio
30 Nov 1894
CHAR 28/109/6-8

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Branksome Dene [Bournemouth, Hampshire]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: anxiety about his health; discussion of the treatment he has received for numbness of the feet; telegrams requesting authority to transfer Jennie's money [Lady Randolph Churchill's] to his account; family news; her difficulties since the departure of Healy [a servant]; news of the marriage of [Count Charles] Kinsky to Countess [Elizabeth] Metternich; domestic arrangement; thanks for his letters and her hope that Dr Keith has not taken "amiss anything I may have written.".

3 folios
21 Nov [1894]
CHAR 28/109/9

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Grand Hotel, Scarborough [Yorkshire]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is unsure where to send letters to him; says that she thinks that "Jack" [John S Churchill] has enjoyed spending time with her; recommends that he should advise WSC about "diligence &hard work...economy &self denial" and expresses anxiety about his health.

1 folio
24 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/109/10-11

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Deepdene, Dorking [Surrey]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: plans for "Jack" [John S Churchill] before he returns to Harrow school; her enjoyment of her stay with [Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough, later Lady William Beresford] and decision to spend Christmas there with WSC and "Jack"; political gossip about two cheques which were sent by [William] Gladstone to the Irish National Times; the death of the Comte de Paris and advice about his health.

2 folios
11 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/109/12-13

Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her health and plans to take "Jack" [John S Churchill] to the sea; news of WSC and her attempts to discipline him "especially ab[ou]t money"; her anxiety about him and appreciation for his letters; news about Erick Curzon and horse racing.

2 folios
15 Sep 1894