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CHAR 28/122 Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/122/1

Letter from Bendor [2nd Duke of Westminster](Grosvenor House, London) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the gift of a lamp.

1 folio
02 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/2

Letter from Hilda Hewlett (7 Northwick Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for her sympathy.

1 folio
02 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/3

Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy new year.

1 folio
03 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/4

Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] (72 Brook Street [London]) to [Lovat] Fraser objecting to his article in the Daily Mail which referred to WSC's policy in the Dardanelles as a "gamble" as she comments "What is war but a gamble?".

1 folio
03 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/5

Letter from Sir Frederick Ponsonby [later Lord Sysonby] (Privy Purse Office, Buckingham Palace) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that [King George V and Queen Mary] have agreed to support the exhibition of naval and military works of art which is to be held in Manchester. Signed typescript.

1 folio
06 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/6

Letter from Maud [Lady] Lansdowne (Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and commenting on her sadness at the death of "Charlie" [Charles Fitzmaurice] in action.

1 folio
07 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/7

Letter from Daniel McCabe, Lord Mayor of Manchester (Town Hall, Manchester) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter informing him that [King George V and Queen Mary] have agreed to support an exhibition of naval and military works of art. Signed typescript.

1 folio
11 Jan 1915
CHAR 28/122/8

Letter from "Loulou" [Lewis Harcourt](14 Berkeley Square [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a cheque.

1 folio
25 Mar 1915
CHAR 28/122/9

Letter from Sir Philip Burne-Jones (41 Egerton Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he apologises for not being able to come and see her as he is suffering from back pain. Illustrated with a self-portrait of him in bed and an illustration of a social occasion.

1 folio
31 Mar 1915
CHAR 28/122/10

Letter from E F Benson, Honorary Secretary of "Smokes, Soldiers, Sailors" (4 Buckingham Gate, London) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he suggests that they should visit the theatre together.

1 folio
07 Apr 1915
CHAR 28/122/11

Letter from Sir Philip Burne-Jones (41 Egerton Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill confirming arrangements to meet her. Illustrated with a drawing of a British officer holding up a German soldier with a bayonet and on the dorse an illustration of a mouse.

1 folio
12 Apr 1915
CHAR 28/122/12

Letter from Sir Philip Burne-Jones (41 Egerton Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that he enjoyed lunch with her. Illustrated with a drawing of a maid serving food.

1 folio
14 Apr 1915
CHAR 28/122/13-14

Letter from "Archie" [Archibald] Kerr [later 1st Lord Inverchapel] (British Legation, Teheran [Persia, later Iran]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he has been working very hard as there have been several recent crises due to the Persians fearing invasion from Russia; comments on his disappointment in his position and on the character of the Persians; thanks her for her efforts to secure his posting to the war and asks her to write to him.

2 folios
20 Apr 1915
CHAR 28/122/15-16

Letter from Hugh Warrender ([France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is writing "in the bottom of a trench"; discusses the duration of the war and the mismanagement of the Dardanelles expedition; comments on the unpleasantness of life in the trenches and says that he would like to be given a staff job. Envelope present.

2 folios
23 Apr 1915
CHAR 28/122/17

Letter from Eleanor [Warrender] (Hotel du Chapeau Rouge, Dunkirk [France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she has received a letter from Hugh [Warrender], expresses admiration for the conduct of members of the British army in the trenches and sympathy for Leonie [Lady Leslie] about Shane [Leslie's] nervous breakdown, reports on the German attacks on Dunkirk and on her work in a hospital. Envelope at CHAR 28/122/19.

1 folio
03 May 1915
CHAR 28/122/18

Note from Sir Philip Burne-Jones to Lady Randolph [Churchill] illustrating a new fashion in "footwomens liveries" and asking whether it can be stopped. Illustrated.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/19

Envelope addressed to Lady Randolph Churchill. Letter at CHAR 28/122/20.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/20-21

Letter from [Vice-Admiral Sir] George Warrender (H M S King George V) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he comments on WSC's responsibilities as First Lord of the Admiralty; discusses the sinking of the Lusitania and the American casualties, the improvement of the fleet and his affection for her. Signed typescript.

2 folios
07 May 1915
CHAR 28/122/22-23

Letter from Hugh Warrender to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the progress of fighting on the Western Front, thanks her for intervening in attempting to find him a job and gives news of Eleanor [Warrender]. Envelope present.

2 folios
07 May [1915]
CHAR 28/122/24-25

Letter from "L" [Leonie, Lady Leslie] (Osborne Hotel, Malta) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the censorship of information about the progress of the war; a description of the hospitals and arrangements for the reception and transportation of the wounded; her employment writing for the sick; and Shane [Leslie's] health.

2 folios
12 May [1915]
CHAR 28/122/26

Letter from Eleanor [Warrender](Hospital Temporaire "B" [France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses concern for the safety of "Jack" [John S Churchill] and Hugh Frewen and describes her work in a hospital with those who have been wounded in the fighting.

1 folio
28 May 1915
CHAR 28/122/27

Letter from "Clairette" [Clare Sheridan] (Brede Place, Sussex) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a photograph [not present] and expressing concern for the safety of Wilfrid [William Sheridan].

1 folio
29 May 1915
CHAR 28/122/28

Letter from Sir Philip Burne-Jones (41 Egerton Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that Lady Stafford has purchased one of his drawings and asks her whether she would tell her friends that several of his drawings are for sale in Selfridges. Illustrated with a drawing of a German officer.

1 folio
31 May 1915
CHAR 28/122/29

Letter from [1st Lord] Lincolnshire [earlier 3rd Lord Carrington] (Daws Hill, High Wycombe [Buckinghamshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sorrow at the death of his son.

1 folio
01 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/30

Letter from [Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge](Aldershot [Hampshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter expressing sympathy on the death of his son.

1 folio
01 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/31

Pressed piece of rosemary. Covering letter at CHAR 28/122/33-35.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/32

Letter from C Casalis (Comando Supremo del Esercito) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has been posted to Italy.

1 folio
11 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/33-35

Letter from Hugh Warrender to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his pessimistic opinion about the likelihood of the Dardanelles expedition being successful; the deployment of troops in the trenches; bombing by the Germans; conditions in the trenches; and problems created by the lack of munitions. He encloses a sprig of rosemary [CHAR 28/122/31]. Envelope present.

3 folios
13 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/36-37

Letter from "Willy" [1st Lord Desborough, earlier William Grenfell] (Taplow Court, Taplow, Buckinghamshire) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter of sympathy on the death of Julian. Envelope present.

2 folios
14 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/38

Letter from Victoria (Schoneberg House, Pall Mall [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for agreeing to arrange concerts for the munitions workers.

1 folio
22 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/39-40

Letter from "W" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland] (43 Avenue Henri Martin [Paris, France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send a copy of a book about the hospital ship Maine as the information will be used in setting up a hospital ship to be sent to the Dardanelles. Envelope present.

2 folios
25 Jun 1915
CHAR 28/122/41-43

Letter from Jim Barnes (10 Embankment Gardens, Chelsea [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to have lunch with her, expresses his disappointment in the artistic work and sculptures of [Ivan] Mestrovic and recommends an exhibition by Marchand.

3 folios
06 Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/44-45

Letter from "Clairette" [Clare Sheridan](Brede Place, Sussex) to Aunt Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she asks her whether she would be prepared to entertain Margaret [Sheridan] and expresses anxiety about Wilfrid [William Sheridan's] work on the Western Front.

2 folios
08 Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/46

Letter from "Winnie" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland] (Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottinghamshire) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and expressing pleasure at the marriage of [William Cavendish-Bentinick, later 7th Duke of Portland] to Ivy [Gordon-Lennox, later Duchess of Portland].

1 folio
13 Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/47

Letter from "C" [Lord Curzon of Kedleston] (1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] declining an invitation.

1 folio
Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/48

Letter from Winifred Stevens (4 Temple House, Hoop Lane, Hendon) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for her assistance in selling the "Book of France".

1 folio
21 Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/49

Postcard from Bernard Freyberg (Active Service) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he expresses excitement at his involvement [?with the Dardanelles expedition] and thanks WSC for bringing him into the Royal Naval Division.

1 folio
Jul 1915
CHAR 28/122/50-51

Letter from Hugh [Warrender](15th Battalion London Regiment, Civil Service Rifles, British Expeditionary Force) in which he expresses relief at having been given a rest from trench work; reports that he has met [General Lord] Rawlinson and Philip Sassoon and relates an anecdote about trench warfare.

2 folios
17 Aug [1915]
CHAR 28/122/52-53

Letter from Hugh [Warrender] to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter and reports that he has been taken away from the firing line. Envelope present.

2 folios
18 Aug 1915
CHAR 28/122/54

Card from C Casalis (Comando Supremo, Italy) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter.

1 folio
22 Aug 1915
CHAR 28/122/55

Letter from Sir Alfred Temple (Art Gallery of the Corporation of London, Guildhall [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that an art exhibition has been very successful and has been visited by Queen Alexandra.

1 folio
04 Sep 1915
CHAR 28/122/56-57

Letter from Hugh Warrender ([France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; expresses pleasure at the news of Zeppelin raids of England as it will raise the profile of the war; and discusses confusion over government information about the supply of munitions and adequacy of recruiting. Envelope present.

2 folios
19 Sep 1915
CHAR 28/122/58

Letter from "M P" [Montagu Porch](The Residency, Zaria, Nigeria) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses sorrow at the casualties of the war; congratulates her on her work running an American hospital; describes his work on the Nigerian border and in quelling a revolt against the native administration over the non payment of taxes and discusses his plans for his leave.

1 folio
02 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/59

Letter from Hilda Hewlett (7 Northwick Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] asking her whether she would be prepared to patronise Belgian woodcutters working in Spalding [Lincolnshire].

1 folio
03 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/60-61

Letter from Clare [Sheridan](Frampton Court, Dorchester [Dorset]) to WSC on the death of Wilfrid [William Sheridan]. She expresses her pride at his bravery in dying in battle and says that she does not regret living with him in the country.

2 folios
07 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/62

Letter from Hilda Hewlett (7 Northwick Terrace [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for agreeing [to patronise the work of some Belgian woodcutters].

1 folio
10 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/63-64

Letter from "Clairette" [Clare Sheridan] (Frampton Court, Dorchester [Dorset]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] on the death of her husband, Wilfrid [William Sheridan]. She expresses sorrow at the fact that her children will not remember their father and that she did not marry him earlier.

2 folios
10 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/65-66

Letter from Hugh Warrender (Field Post Office [France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses sympathy for Clare [Sheridan] on the death of her husband [William Sheridan]. He comments on the sight of English soldiers lying dead outside the trenches and reports on an unsuccessful attack. Envelope present.

2 folios
16 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/67

Copy of a letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (72 Brook Street [London]) to Natica [Lister-Kaye] in which she refutes a comment that she had "abused the Vanderbilts" stressing her close friendship with Consuelo [Duchess of ] Marlborough [later Consuelo Balsan].

1 folio
26 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/68

Letter from Natica Lister-Kaye (The Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in reply to her letter [CHAR 28/122/67] asking about the words used by Flora Guest concerning Lady Randolph's attitude to Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough, later Consuelo Balsan].

1 folio
28 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/69

Copy of a letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (72 Brook Street [London]) to Natica [Lister-Kaye] in which she says that she has seen Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough, later Consuelo Balsan] and resolved any misunderstanding over Natica having said to Flora Guest that Lady Randolph abused the Vanderbilts.

1 folio
30 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/70

Letter from Natica [Lister-Kaye] (The Berkeley Hotel, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing pleasure that [Lady Randolph] regrets the "indiscreet remarks" she had made.

1 folio
31 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/71

Letter from Constance Larymore (24 Lexham Gardens [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] recommending Winifred McKidd and asking whether she would recommend her should she hear of a suitable position. She encloses Miss McKidd's account of herself [see CHAR 28/122/72-3].

1 folio
31 Oct [1915]
CHAR 28/122/72-73

Letter from Winifred McKidd (100 Cromwell Road [London]) to [Constance] Larymore giving details of her career including her work for the Bank of Montreal [Canada], the Ministry of Food and says that she intends to prove that "a woman's work is equal to that of a man's". Annotated on the dorse with notes in the hand of Lady Randolph Churchill. Covering letter at CHAR 28/122/71.

2 folios
28 Oct 1915
CHAR 28/122/74

Letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (72 Brook Street [London]) to Natica [Lister-Kaye] in which she says that their correspondence [see CHAR 28/122/67-70] will be amusing in future. See also CHAR 28/122/75. Annotated "returned unopened".

1 folio
01 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/75

Letter from Natica [Lister-Kaye](The Berkeley Hotel, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] returning her letter unopened.

1 folio
02 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/76

Copy of a letter from Lady Randolph Churchill (72 Brook Street [London]) to Cora returning her letter and asking her to burn it and explaining that she has not shown it to anyone.

1 folio
06 Jul 1916
CHAR 28/122/77

Letter from "Winnie" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland] (43 Avenue Henri Martin [Paris, France]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the possibility of [Lady Randolph] visiting Paris and commenting on the feeling of confidence in the success of the Dardanelles expedition.

1 folio
07 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/78

Letter from Josiah Wedgwood (House of Commons Library) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] declining an invitation, saying that he would like to follow WSC "wherever he goes" and thanking her for complimenting him on his speech on the Dardanelles.

1 folio
12 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/79

Letter from Josiah Wedgwood (Barlaston Lea, Stoke on Trent [Staffordshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing admiration for WSC's decision to resign [as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster], commenting "It is like an old saga or the Gottardammerung".

1 folio
14 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/80

Letter from J L Garvin (9 Greville Place [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing regret that a message did not reach her, explaining that he had an engagement with Charles Scott [editor of the Manchester Guardian] which was "chiefly in Winston's [WSC's] interests" and discussing WSC's political position.

1 folio
15 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/81-83

Letter from "Archie" [Archibald] Kerr [later 1st Lord Inverchapel] (British Legation, Teheran [Persia, later Iran]) to Lady Randolph Churchill including: the difficulties of his work which have been exacerbated as "The Persian is physically incapable of telling the truth"; the arrival of Russian troops and the supremacy of the German troops and their allies in the provinces; speculation on WSC's resignation [as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster] and approval for his policies at the Admiralty; the effect of the failure of the Dardanelles expedition in the Balkans; the position of Greece; a denial that he was ever in love with Violet Keppel and the death of his brother.

3 folios
20 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/84

Letter from [Shane Leslie](The Cedars, Port Washington, Long Island [United States]) to "Aunt Jane" [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" in which he discusses WSC's popularity in the United States due to his speech which [William] Bourke [Cockran] admires; expresses disapproval of the Government's decision to allow WSC to go to the Western Front and informs her that he has been employed but asks her to keep the details secret.

1 folio
27 Nov 1915
CHAR 28/122/85-87

Letter from Hugh Warrender ([France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: appreciation for WSC's speech; news that he is to return to the trenches; thanks for making him a scarf; a visit to the Ritz in Paris and his tiredness. Envelope present.

3 folios
03 Dec [1915]
CHAR 28/122/88

Letter from [Lord] Curzon [of Kedleston] (1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] declining an invitation as he has made a resolve not to attend entertainments during the war and informing her that he has written to WSC.

1 folio
01 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/89

Letter from Ellen Terry (215 Kings Road, Chelsea [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter and commenting on her increasing beauty.

1 folio
04 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/90

Postcard from [Sir] Alfred Temple (181 Queen's Gate [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] discussing the history of a picture.

1 folio
14 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/91

Card from George to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a note case.

1 folio
25 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/92-94

Letter from Lionel Sackville (On active service [Dardanelles]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: shelling by the Turks; a meeting with "Jack" [John S Churchill]; and problems created by the bad weather. Envelope present.

3 folios
26 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/95-96

Letter from Hugh [Warrender]([France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for a pair of oilskin stockings, comments on the problems created by water in the trenches and asks how WSC has managed to reach the trenches so quickly "when the rest of us have to wait for months for it?" Envelope present.

2 folios
26 Dec 1915
CHAR 28/122/97

Visiting card from Lady Grosvenor (35 Park Lane [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] commenting "There is something greater than greatness &he has attained" about WSC's departure from the Admiralty.

1 folio
[May] [1915]
CHAR 28/122/98

Card from the Aga Khan (40 Wilton Crescent [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he comments that WSC's services "to the prestige of the Empire" have not been recognised and that the Dardanelles expedition has quelled the Turkish offensive against Egypt.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/99

Registration card for Lady Randolph Churchill which lists her profession as an American author.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/100

Letter from "Winnie" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland](43 Avenue Henri Martin [Paris, France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking for information about the hospital ship Maine for a hospital ship, the "Charlie Rouge", which is to sail to the Dardanelles.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/101-103

Letter from "Clairette" [Clare Sheridan] to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for buying a plaque, says that she is thinking "best thoughts" of WSC to keep him safe and that the War Office has informed her that Wilfrid [William Sheridan] was a Captain when he went into the attack [in which he was killed]. Includes a photograph of Margaret [Sheridan].

3 folios
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/104

Letter from "Clairette" [Clare Sheridan] (Frampton Court, Dorchester, Dorset) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for having Margaret [Sheridan] and says that her pregnancy is making her uncomfortable.

1 folio
[1915]
CHAR 28/122/105-106

Letter from Clare [Sheridan] (Brede Place, Brede, Northiam [Sussex]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she gives the reasons for her decision not to marry Peter Oswald and says that "Tweed" [3rd Lord Tweedmouth, earlier Dudley Marjoribanks] has been very supportive of her work.

2 folios
[1915]