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CHAR 28/138 Acquired Papers: Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/138/1

Letter from [Henri, Marquis de] Breteuil (Bristol Hotel, Burlington Gardens, London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he explains that he is in the country at the invitation of the Comte de Paris and says that he will see her on the following day. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1880
CHAR 28/138/2-3

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure that she is not going to travel round the New World; thanks her for her letter; reports that he has seen Leonie [Lady Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome]; discusses plans to see her and says that he is unlikely to go to Monte Carlo [Monaco] with [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] and comments on the poor weather. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/4

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that he has been called back to Paris [France] for political work, discussing arrangements to see her and asking about [Mary] Lady Gerard. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/5-6

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (Villa Breteuil, Tarbes [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; discusses political affairs, elections and the difficulty of obtaining accurate information from Paris; and asks after [Lord] Randolph [Churchill]. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/7

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he reproaches her for not writing to him and discusses the date on which he will be able to travel to Newmarket [Suffolk]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/8-9

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks him for a copy of his speech; discusses public opinion of [General Georges] Boulanger's departure and its effect on the government; expresses disappointment that [Lord] Randolph has decided not to stand for election in Birmingham; and suggests that Lady Randolph [Churchill] should return so that a portrait of her can be completed. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1889
CHAR 28/138/10-11

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; assures her that she should trust him; says that he is looking forward to seeing her in London on the following day; that he has seen the Lobanoffs in Paris and that there is great interest in the diary of Emperor Frederick. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1889
CHAR 28/138/12

Part of a letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (Villa Breteuil, Tarbes [France]) [to Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been thinking of her and expresses pleasure that he has heard nothing about [General Georges] Boulanger or political news. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1889]
CHAR 28/138/13

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (Bristol Hotel, Burlington Gardens, London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to see her for lunch as he has an engagement with the Comte de Paris and reports that [General Georges] Boulanger has been nominated. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/14-15

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he asks whether Lord Randolph Churchill intends to stand for election at Birmingham; expresses disapproval at the departure of [General Georges] Boulanger; comments on a violent meeting of the Cabinet and republican disapproval of Boulanger; asks her whether she would like him to send her powder; describes the people he has seen and reminds her to send boots for "Zina". Signed manuscript.

2 folios
[1889]
CHAR 28/138/16-17

Letter from Henri [Marquis de Breteuil] (Braal Castle, Halkirk, Caithness [Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he asks for her news, explains that he decided to leave London because of the heat and describes the weather and fishing. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/18

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he asks whether it is true that Lord Randolph [Churchill] won a great deal of money on the Cambridgeshire [race] after dreaming the result; says that he has been shooting in Austria and that his brother Gaston may pay her a visit; and asks her to tell Lord Randolph to look after Madame de Conbertin. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/19

Part of a letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he asks her when she will be returning and asks her to send his regards to [Lord Randolph Churchill]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/20

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (10 Avenue du Bois de Boulogne [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has received a copy of [5th] Lord Rosebery's book on [Lord] Randolph [Churchill]; compliments her on her publication [?a reference to the Anglo-Saxon Review] and asks whether she has received a statue which he sent her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/21-22

Letter from Henri [Marquis de] Breteuil (33 Avenue de Champs Elysees [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; discusses his plans to go to Breteuil after Paris; says that his wife is enjoying "her new life"; and asks her to congratulate Lady Sarah [Churchill later Sarah Wilson] on her marriage [to Gordon Wilson]. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/23

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Gunnersbury Park, Acton [Middlesex]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she would like to visit her; expresses pleasure at the news that she is going to Sandringham [Norfolk], commenting that [Lady Randolph] cannot be held responsible for WSC's actions or for what he writes; and comments on the people she has seen who include Sir Francis Bertie. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/24

Letter from Millicent [Duchess of Sutherland] (Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland [Scotland]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for her "kind criticism" of her play, apologises for letting her leave and discusses the plans of "Captain Fitz". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/25

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Chatsworth, Chesterfield [Derbyshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] inviting her and [George Cornwallis] West to stay. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/26

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Chatsworth, Chesterfield [Derbyshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her present from Japan which she has put in the Orangery. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1894]
CHAR 28/138/27

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo [Monaco]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses sympathy at the news of the illness of George [Cornwallis West], and says that she hopes to see her, and comments on the misfortune of Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough, later Consuelo Balsan]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/28

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo [Monaco]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses a letter about Free Trade which they have signed; discusses the people she has seen who include [Dame Nellie] Melba and [Camille] Saint-Saens; and a performance by the former and asks after WSC. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/29

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Devonshire House, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] inviting her and [George Cornwallis] West to stay after Christmas and suggesting that they should visit the Royal Hospital. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/30

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Devonshire House, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses regret that [Lady Randolph] will not be visiting her and gives her contact address at Aix-les-Bains [France]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/31

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for her letter, commenting that she finds it difficult to get news; reports that she has seen WSC who would like to return to England; asks after [George Cornwallis] West; and reports that she has visited Wady Halfa [Sudan]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/32

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Lismore Castle, Lismore [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she suggests a date for them to meet and says that the weather was good during the Royal visit. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/33

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Chatsworth, Chesterfield [Derbyshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for a present and invites her and [George Cornwallis] West to stay. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/34

Letter from J Thomas Wolff (33 Wellington Square, Chelsea [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he promises to send her the music for the piece on which she will accompany him and suggests a date that they should practise. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/35

Letter from Charles d' Epinay (26 Avenue Wagram [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he invites her to dinner with Mr de Souza and asks her to suggest other people she would like to attend and invites her to his studio. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/36

Letter from Charles d' Epinay (26 Avenue Wagram [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter, comments on Madame de Saban and asks to be remembered to her friend. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/37

Letter from Charles d' Epinay (26 Avenue Wagram [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he expresses regret at not having seen her; says that he has received an invitation from the King of Portugal; discusses his plans to go to his studio and eat with his son; and says that he would like to see her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/38

Letter from Charles d' Epinay (Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he discusses the people he has invited to dinner; reports that "Bennett" has returned to Paris; comments on a [sculpture] portrait [of Lady Randolph] he is working on; and asks her to tell him when she intends to come. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/39

Letter from Charles d' Epinay ([Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for forgetting [their engagement]; warns her that he will be busy finishing a bust of the young Duchess of Bisaccia; describes the problems he has been having with the bust and suggests that she should visit him in his studio. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/40

Letter from Charles d' Epinay (4 Place de la Concorde [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he encloses a pamphlet [not present] which he describes as reflecting the charm of the old French language; explains that he wrote the introduction and appendix to remind his son of his lineage; and reports that [Jane] Duchess of Marlborough gave his father some books in 1831 and that John [7th] Duke of Marlborough lived with his father for a while. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/41

Letter from [Charles-Marie] Widor (3 Rue de l'Abbaye [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he is unable to see her on the following day as he will be working with a colleague and invites her and Madame Bartome to listen to music. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1905
CHAR 28/138/42

Letter from Louise [Duchess of] Devonshire (Compton Place, Eastbourne [Sussex]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks her for promising her a photograph; says that she is glad that Lord Randolph [Churchill] is doing well in Bar Harbor [United States]; comments that she has been enjoying playing golf; and makes observations on political affairs including the Budget prepared by Sir William Harcourt [Chancellor of the Exchequer] and the defeat of [5th] Lord Rosebery [earlier Archibald Primrose]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1885
CHAR 28/138/43-44

Letter from Philippe [Comte de Paris] (Sheen House, East Sheen, Sheen [Surrey]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] enclosing "quelques poils de ma barbe" [a few hairs from his beard]. Envelope present.

2 folios
c 1885
CHAR 28/138/45

Letter from Miss Snell (Alexandra House, Kensington Gore [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which she says that she will expect to see Lady Randolph when Lady Carmarthen resumes her lessons and suggests that Lady Randolph should have some lessons beforehand. Manuscript.

1 folio
c 1885
CHAR 28/138/46

Letter from Seymour [Leslie] (22 Manchester Square [London]) to "Auntie Jennie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the alarm clock which she gave him for Christmas and asking her when she is due to return to London as he would like to see her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/47

Letter from Marie (SS Marseilles, Arabia) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her telegram and expressing regret that she did not see her before leaving for India. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/48

Letter from Paul Bourget to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that Madame [Minnie] Bourget asked him to reply to her letter, accepts an invitation, and discusses a pair of gloves which he is ordering for her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/49

Letter from Paul Bourget (20 Rue Barbet de Jouy [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he suggests that they should send someone early in the morning to queue for front row tickets for them and refers to a comment made to him by Lord Randolph Churchill. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1800
CHAR 28/138/50

Letter from [Paul Bourget] (Station Hotel, Inverness [Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he tells her that he will be staying in Brown's Hotel on his return to London; asks her to write with her news including whether she intends to go to Aix [les Bains, France]; discusses the difficulties he is experiencing in writing "Un Idylle Tragique" and contrasts them with writing "Mensonges"; and comments on divorce among people they know. Manuscript signed with initials.

1 folio
[1895]
CHAR 28/138/51

Letter from Jean Beraud (5 Rue Clement Mazot, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he is writing on behalf of Baron de Vaux, who would like to include her portrait in one of his books. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1895]
CHAR 28/138/52-53

Letter from Mary [Lady] Minto (Minto House, Hawick [Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for praising her article; discusses her plans to go to Canada; expresses sympathy at the news of George [Cornwallis West's] illness; comments on the poor treatment which "Rolly" [?Gilbert, 4th Lord Minto] has received despite his work for the Empire, in Canada and South Africa, and suggests that [Lady Randolph] might mention his case to King [Edward VII]. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/54-55

Letter from Mary [Lady Minto] (Government House, Ottawa [Canada]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses pleasure that [Lady Randolph] intends to visit her; explains that it would be unwise to invite "Mrs K" in view of the newspaper stories about her and the "straight-laced and early Victorian" attitudes in Canada; and discusses arrangements for [Lady Randolph] to travel from New York [United States]. Signed manuscript.

2 folios
c 1900
CHAR 28/138/56

Letter from Georges Rive (Bibliotheque Mazarine, 23 Quai Conti [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses his engagements and suggests a time when he could see her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1910
CHAR 28/138/57

Letter from Georges Rive (Bibliotheque Mazarine, 23 Quai Conti [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he is busy but hopes to see her later and thanks her for "her eyes so full of intelligence". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1910
CHAR 28/138/58

Letter from Georges Rive to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that [Auguste] Rodin does not live in Paris [France] but lives in the country although he visits the city occasionally; discusses his son's activities and refers to her intelligence. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1910
CHAR 28/138/59

Letter from Georges Rive to [Lady Randolph Churchill] inviting her to a restaurant. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1910
CHAR 28/138/60

Letter from Georges Rive to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her and arranges to call on her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1910
CHAR 28/138/61

Letter from Georges Rive to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses their dinner engagement and says that he would like to see her before she leaves. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
Apr 1901
CHAR 28/138/62

Letter from Georges Rive to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses [books] which he has selected for her. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1901
CHAR 28/138/63

Letter from Sir Frank Swettenham (British Residency, Perak [Malaysia]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he asks her whether she received the letters he sent to her and a copy of his book of Malay sketches; comments on their meeting in Paris [France] and explains that he did not see the "Ranee of Sarawak"; and reports that he travelled to India with Hugh Grosvenor [later Hugh, 2nd Duke of Westminster]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/64-66

Letter from Sir Frank Swettenham (British Residency, Perak [Malaysia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for his handwriting; thanks her for sending him a picture of her; says that he wishes that he did not have visitors and could have spent more time with her; reassures her of the sincerity of his intentions and tells her that he will send her a chapter of his book. Signed manuscript.

3 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/138/67

Letter from Henry James [later Lord James of Hereford] (St Anne's Hotel, Buxton [Derbyshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he would like to go to the theatre with her on his next visit to London and suggests that Cecil Wolff should be their chaperone; comments about Buxton "the dullness hereof is something beyond description"; and asks her to send his regards to the Secretary of State for India [Lord Randolph Churchill]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1885]
CHAR 28/138/68

Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn] (Royal Hospital, Dublin [Ireland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses admiration for WSC's speech [on imperial federation delivered at Trinity College, Dublin]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[18] [Aug] [1902]
CHAR 28/138/69

Letter from Minnie Hindlip (Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo [Monaco]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for not writing sooner, says that she has been enjoying the excitement of gambling, asks after Lord Randolph [Churchill] and the Marjoriebanks, reports that the Duchess of Montrose, Baron [Moritz] Hirsch and C Montagu are due to arrive, and asks her to give an enclosure [not present] to WSC. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1880
CHAR 28/138/70

Copy of a letter from WSC to Clare Sheridan thanking her for her letter and enclosure [see CHAR 28/138/72] from "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill]. Typescript initialled by CSC and WSC and with secretary's note about the date of despatch.

1 folio
06 Nov 1954
CHAR 28/138/71

Letter from Clare [Sheridan] ( M'Cid, Biskra, Algeria, French North Africa) to WSC in which she wishes him a happy birthday, encloses a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] to "Snippy" [Leonie Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome, see CHAR 28/138/72] as a present. She says that she wishes that [Lady Randolph] had been alive when WSC had visited Stalin, commenting "doubtless she would have forgiven you, for you can do no wrong". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
01 Nov 1954
CHAR 28/138/72

Letter from Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] to "Snippy" [Leonie Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome] in which she instructs her not to worry about Clare [Sheridan] as WSC had reassured Clara [Frewen, earlier Clara Jerome]. She says that the government might not allow her to return [from Russia] and criticises her for "hobnobbing" with [prominent Communist figures including] Trotsky and Lenin, commenting "I think she is quite mad", and gives news of WSC and CSC. Signed manuscript. Covering letter at CHAR 28/138/71.

1 folio
c 1920