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CHAR 28/130 Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described. Also includes newspaper cuttings.

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CHAR 28/130/1-2

Letter from Douglas Wright (American Women's Hospital for Officers, 98-99 Lancaster Gate [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has missed her visits to the hospital and that he hopes that she is not ill. Envelope present. The letter is dated 1917, but postmarked 1918.

2 folios
17 Jan [1918]
CHAR 28/130/3

Letter from R A V Morris (Local Food Control Committee, St Marylebone, 6 Holles Street, Oxford Street [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that the Ministry of Food requires her to provide details of her date of birth for the sugar distribution scheme and asking her to complete a declaration form [not present]. Signed typescript.

1 folio
18 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/4

Letter from M Brady, Honorary Secretary of the 'Irish Parliament' branch of the United Irish League (Russell Square [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he asks her to speak to the members of the league as his Committee has been impressed by her articles about the situation in Ireland which have appeared in the Daily Chronicle. Signed typescript.

1 folio
22 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/5

Card from the Children's Jewel Fund (Sunderland House, Mayfair [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill acknowledging the gift of a gold purse with a diamond and ruby top. Signed by Consuelo [Duchess of] Marlborough [later Consuelo Balsan].

1 folio
25 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/6-7

Letter from Mrs Lewis Hunt (131 East 66th Street, New York [United States]) to Shane Leslie in which she reports on the value of pictures which have been entrusted to her by Lady Randolph Churchill. One painting is said to be by Malcolm Brown and may be of interest to a museum. Includes envelope addressed to Lady Randolph Churchill in the hand of Shane Leslie.

2 folios
29 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/8-9

Letter from Hugh Warrender (Dieppe [France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter, says that he hopes to see her while she is on leave, expresses pleasure at the news that "Rosie" [Rear-Admiral Rosslyn] Wemyss [later Lord Wester Wemyss] has [joined the War Cabinet]; predicts that if the war ends during 1918 "it will be an unsatisfactory end for us" and expresses concern that forces provided by the United States are being too heavily relied on. Envelope present.

2 folios
31 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/10

Letter from Shane Leslie (2127 Leroy Place, Washington [United States]) to Massa in which he comments on a speech made by [Sir Edward] Carson in Ulster [Northern Ireland], saying that it is insignificant "as the feelings of the Irish Irish do not count". He describes the chaos which has resulted from comments by F E Smith [later Lord Birkenhead] about Irish affairs, says that [Smith] has "done more than any single individual since Lord North to drive a wedge between England and the United States" and that he had hoped that the story would be hushed up. He says that he has abandoned hope of an Anglo-American alliance as the Irish in the United States are "in hysterical wrath" and that he has applied to join the Irish foreign legion.

1 folio
03 Feb 1918
CHAR 28/130/11

Letter from Shane Leslie (2127 Leroy Place, Washington [United States]) to Aunt Jane [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he comments on: labour difficulties experienced by WSC [as Minister of Munitions]; [President Woodrow] Wilson's mastery of strikes and the foreign population and the likelihood that Wilson will be elected for a second term; on the delicacy of relations between Great Britain and the United States which are being strengthened through Germany's gains in the war and his hopes that the two countries can reach economic agreement over South America and that there will be a settlement in Ireland.

1 folio
27 Feb 1918
CHAR 28/130/12

Letter from Jacob Epstein to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he expresses his frustration at being sent back to the war after his convalescence and asks her whether she or WSC could use their influence with [Lord] Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Information] to ensure that he could use his talents for propaganda purposes.

1 folio
02 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/13

Telegram from Margaret Epstein (London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that "JE" [Jacob Epstein] is leaving the following week and asking whether George can "do anything" [to obtain him a position in which Epstein could use his talents for propaganda purposes].

1 folio
05 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/14

Telegram from [Lord] Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Information] to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he has failed to obtain the services of [Jacob] Epstein [in a position in which Epstein could use his talents for propaganda purposes] and says that he will discuss the matter with the War Office.

1 folio
05 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/15

Telegram from [Jacob] Epstein (Crownhill, Devon) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he is in despair and asks her to do her best [to secure him a position in which he could use his talents for propaganda purposes].

1 folio
05 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/16-17

Letter from Jacob Epstein (42nd Royal Fusiliers. C Company Crownhill, Plymouth [Devon]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he is to remain in England; that he hopes that she will continue to try and use her influence to save him from "rotting away in the ranks" and secure him a position in which he could use his talents [he had suggested a role associated with propaganda]; and that he fears that opposition to this originates within his own regiment.

2 folios
14 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/18

Letter from William Mallock (5 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] asking whether she knows anything about "Lawrence Lyon" [Laurance Lyon], owner of the Outlook, a magazine of which Lady Randolph is a patron. He explains that he wants to launch a weekly journal to "celebrate the fallacies of the more revolutionary sections of the Labour Party" and hopes to circumvent Government opposition to a new newspaper by combining it with an existing journal.

1 folio
25 Apr 1918
CHAR 28/130/19

Letter from William Mallock (5 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he suggests that she should arrange a meeting between himself and [Laurance] Lyon [owner of the Outlook] so that he can discuss his proposals regarding the Outlook [a magazine of which Lady Randolph is a patron]. Signed typescript. See CHAR 28/130/21.

1 folio
02 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/20

Letter from William Mallock (5 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for agreeing to arrange a meeting between himself and [Laurance] Lyon [owner of the Outlook] and asking whether he could borrow copies of the Anglo Saxon Review.

1 folio
08 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/21

Letter from Laurance Lyon, [owner of the Outlook] (Hotel Ritz, 15 Place Vendome, Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he would be pleased to meet [William] Mallock and returning a letter from Mallock [see CHAR 28/130/19]. Signed typescript.

1 folio
12 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/22-23

Letter from Arthur [1st Lord Stamfordham, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] accepting an invitation for dinner. Envelope present.

2 folios
15 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/24

Letter from Laurance Lyon (30 Park Lane [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for introducing him to [William] Mallock and says that he is hopeful of making an agreement with him [to incorporate Mallock's plans for launching a new journal with his newspaper the Outlook].

1 folio
15 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/25

Letter from William Mallock (5 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for introducing him to [Lawrence] Lye and says that he is hopeful of a practical outcome [to incorporate his plans for launching a new journal with Lye's newspaper The Outlook].

1 folio
24 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/26-27

Letter from Arthur [1st Lord Stamfordham, earlier Arthur Bigge] (Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he congratulates her on her engagement to Montagu Porch and says that he enjoyed having dinner with her. Envelope present.

2 folios
27 May 1918
CHAR 28/130/28

Letter from William Lyster (Washington [United States]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he wishes her happiness in her "new life" [a reference to her marriage to Montagu Porch] and thanks her for her kindness to him at Lancaster Gate [at the American Women's Hospital for Officers].

1 folio
18 Jun 1918
CHAR 28/130/29-30

Letter from Hugh Warrender (Italian Expeditionary Force, Rome [Italy]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been taking Italian and that he intends to revisit sites in the city, expresses his hope that she will be permitted to travel to Nigeria or that [Montagu Porch] will be given a job which will allow him to return to the United Kingdom, and thanks her for obtaining him his present position. Envelope present.

2 folios
02 Aug 1918
CHAR 28/130/31

Letter from [Lieutenant-General Sir] John Cowans (War Office) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for her letter and for her kindness in allowing him to stay at her hospital [the American Women's Hospital for Officers]. Signed typescript.

1 folio
29 Aug 1918
CHAR 28/130/32

Letter from [?Mary, Duchess of] Bedford (Chenies, Rickmansworth [Hertfordshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she explains that she feels unable to sign nomination papers for Lady Ward and recommends that she asks the Duchess of Somerset or [Lettice] Lady Beauchamp to sponsor her [for consideration as a Lady of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem].

1 folio
21 Sep 1918
CHAR 28/130/33

Letter from Lettice [Lady] Beachamp (Walmer Castle, Kent) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] agreeing to sign nomination papers to sponsor Lady Ward [to be considered as a Lady of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem].

1 folio
29 Sep 1918
CHAR 28/130/34

Letter from "Jack" [John Seely, later 1st Lord Mottistone, Deputy Minister of Munitions] (War Office) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] explaining that a Selection Committee considers recommendations for sponsorship as a Lady of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and recommending that she should send Lady Ward's qualifications to the committee.

1 folio
04 Oct 1918
CHAR 28/130/35

Letter from ?Edward Lucas (Punch Office, 10 Bouverie Street, London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] declining an invitation.

1 folio
06 Nov 1918
CHAR 28/130/36

Letter from Douglas Dawson [Comptroller in Lord Chamberlain's Department] (St James' Palace [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has had discussions with the Herald's College about her continuing to use the name "Lady Randolph Churchill" after her marriage to Montagu Porch. He informs her that she would need to acquire a Royal License to legally assume the style and that he is doubtful about whether she would be successful. Signed typescript.

1 folio
06 Dec 1918
CHAR 28/130/37

Letter from Patricia [Princess Patricia of Connaught, later Lady Patricia Ramsay] (Bagshot Park, Surrey) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for her congratulations on her engagement to "Alec" [Alexander Ramsay] and saying that she hopes to see her in London.

1 folio
29 Dec [1918]
CHAR 28/130/38

Newspaper cutting from the Dublin Evening Telegraph about Lady Randolph Churchill's visit to Dublin [Ireland]. The article outlines Lady Randolph's life including her time at the Viceregal Lodge when married to Lord Randolph Churchill; comments on her article in the Daily Chronicle in which she expresses her hopes for the [Irish Peace] Convention; contrasts Lord Randolph's opposition to Home Rule when proposed by [William] Gladstone with WSC's support for the measure; and summarises Lady Randolph's comments on the distinguished visitors to the convention, the attractions of Dublin and the decline of the city since the Union.

4 folios
1918
CHAR 28/130/39

Newspaper cutting from the Bulletin commenting on Lady Randolph Churchill's visit to Dublin [Ireland] and her recollection that an Irish woman made her curtsey to the King's representative and on her relationship to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, "the paying Guest" [Lord Wimborne, earlier Ivor Guest].

1 folio
11 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/40

Cutting of a newspaper photograph of Lady Randolph Churchill from Irish Life.

1 folio
18 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/41

Cutting of a newspaper article from the Ladies' Field about Lady Randolph Churchill's comments on Dublin [Ireland] and her impression that the social activity surrounding the Irish [Peace] Convention may bring about a revival in the city.

1 folio
18 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/42

Cutting of a newspaper article from the Evening Standard and St James's Gazette about a fund raising event for a loan fund which aims to finance the training of women so that they can earn a living. Includes comments about Lady Randolph's pride in a sculpture by Clare Sheridan which was on display and the variety of trades undertaken by "adventurous Eves".

1 folio
31 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/43

Cutting of a newspaper report from The Daily Mirror about the Childrens' Jewel Fund. The author comments that Lady Randolph Churchill, [Pamela] Lady Lytton and [Julia] Lady Henry were among those assisting the charity.

1 folio
21 Feb 1918
CHAR 28/130/44

Cutting of a newspaper article from the Westminster Gazette about the Children's Jewel Fund, organised by [Julia] Lady Henry and [Consuelo] Duchess of Marlborough [later Consuelo Balsan] which aims to establish infant welfare and maternity centres throughout the British empire. Includes a report of a meeting (attended by Lady Randolph Churchill and CSC) at which Lady [Florence] Barrett spoke of the high numbers of women dying in childbirth.

1 folio
27 Feb 1918
CHAR 28/130/45

Newspaper cutting from the London Mail entitled "Things we want to know" in which the author speculates on a portrait of Lady Diana Manners [later Lady Diana Cooper and Diana, Lady Norwich] by [Ambrose] McEvoy and asks whether Lady Randolph Churchill has given her opinion on the work.

1 folio
02 Mar 1918
CHAR 28/130/46

Newspaper cutting from the Tatler in which the author comments on Lady Randolph Churchill's boldness in wearing the uniform of the American Red Cross which "strikes a sort of medium between Mrs Noah and the new policewomen" and on the vibrant social life in the United States which has not been affected by the war.

1 folio
13 Mar 1918
CHAR 28/130/47

Newspaper cutting from the Times reporting on a furniture sale in aid of Belgian military hospitals and noting that Lady Randolph Churchill had donated a pair of Chippendale gilt antique mirrors.

1 folio
29 Jun 1918
CHAR 28/130/48

Newspaper cutting from the Evening Sun of a letter to the editor from Shane Leslie about Cecil Spring-Rice's time as British ambassador to the United States. Spring-Rice is praised for his delicate handling of Anglo-American relations, his success in persuading American traders to blockade Germany after the outbreak of World War I and in inspiring confidence among the Catholic and Irish factions in America. Leslie also discusses Spring-Rice's relations with President Woodrow Wilson.

1 folio
22 Jan 1918
CHAR 28/130/49

Newspaper cutting [from the Sunday Pictorial] of photographs of the military funeral of Lady Gerard.

1 folio
25 Feb 1918