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CHAR 28/152A-B Acquired Papers: Letters from WSC to John S Churchill.

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CHAR 28/152A/1

Letter from WSC (The Headmaster's, Harrow [School, Middlesex]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he asks whether Jack has settled down; informs him that he has a "dear little room" which he has decorated; discusses the possibility of visiting Jack and sending him stamps; and informs him that he has swapped 2 coins. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1891]
CHAR 28/152A/107-108

Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses Jack's Greek friend and advises him to appreciate enthusiasm as "it is the sort of madness that wins great battles and performs great actions", giving examples of achievers "whom you would call 'cracked'" including Garibaldi, Wilberforce, [Lord] Byron, and Raphael. Signed manuscript. Envelope present. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/109-112.

2 folios
31 Mar [1897]
CHAR 28/152A/109-112

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses Jack's Greek friend and advises him to appreciate enthusiasm as "it is the sort of madness that wins great battles and performs great actions", giving examples of achievers "whom you would call 'cracked'" including Garibaldi, Wilberforce, [Lord] Byron, and Raphael. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/107-108.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/113

Letter from WSC (A Landry, Hotel Bristol, Naples [Italy]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing arrangements for his visit to Paris [France]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
29 May 1897
CHAR 28/152A/114

Letter from WSC (4th (The Queen's Own) Hussars, Bangalore, Madras [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses his butterfly collection, a polo match and a future match at Hyderabad. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
28 Oct 1897
CHAR 28/152A/115

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he promises to tell Jack about his experiences, commenting "After all my efforts - and risks I feel that I have deserved the medal and clasps..."; expresses pleasure that Jack appreciated his letters in the Daily Telegraph and discusses his intention to write "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" and dedicate it to Sir Bindon Blood; comments on Jack's use of the French construction in his letters; and offers to accommodate the son of Madame de Jancourt and show him India. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/116-121.

1 folio
10 Nov 1897
CHAR 28/152A/116-121

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he promises to tell Jack about his experiences, commenting "After all my efforts - and risks I feel that I have deserved the medal and clasps..."; expresses pleasure that Jack appreciated his letters in the Daily Telegraph and discusses his intention to write "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" and dedicate it to Sir Bindon Blood; comments on Jack's use of the French construction in his letters; and offers to accommodate the son of Madame de Jancourt and show him India. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/115.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/122

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure that Sir Bindon Blood has mentioned him in despatches and comments "Being in many ways a coward - particularly at school- there is no ambition I cherish so keenly as to gain a reputation for personal courage"; discusses Jack's future, advising him to study history and economics at Oxford [University]; expresses the hope that Jack will travel; promises to devote his life to the preservation of the British Empire; and says that he intends to speak at a large meeting, perhaps in Birmingham. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/123-128.

1 folio
02 Dec [1897]
CHAR 28/152A/123-128

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure that Sir Bindon Blood has mentioned him in despatches and comments "Being in many ways a coward - particularly at school- there is no ambition I cherish so keenly as to gain a reputation for personal courage"; discusses Jack's future, advising him to study history and economics at Oxford [University]; expresses the hope that Jack will travel; promises to devote his life to the preservation of the British Empire; and says that he intends to speak at a large meeting, perhaps in Birmingham. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/122.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/129-131

Letter from WSC ("In the train", 4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing and explains that he has been very busy with his book ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]; he discusses the publication of the book and says he would have liked to correct the proofs himself; comments on the content; discusses his war experiences and his intention to go to Egypt and earn more medals; and advises him to go to Oxford [University]. Signed manuscript. Envelope present.

3 folios
13 Jan [1898]
CHAR 28/152A/132

Letter from WSC (Raichur [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he says that he has read about the "Blenheim theatricals" which he would have liked to see; discusses his stay at Calcutta and his prospects for a position in Egypt; discusses Jack's future career, commenting that Jack ought to have expressed "decided opinions", and the likelihood that Jack will earn more money than WSC as a "newspaper hack". Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/133-134.

1 folio
19 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/152A/133-136

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Raichur [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he says that he has read about the "Blenheim theatricals" which he would have liked to see; discusses his stay at Calcutta and his prospects for a position in Egypt; discusses Jack's future career, commenting that Jack ought to have expressed "decided opinions", and the likelihood that Jack will earn more money than WSC as a "newspaper hack". Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/132.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/137

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses the publication of ["The Malakand Field Force"] by Longmans; comments on the stupidity of the songs in a play [performed at Blenheim Palace]; comments on a reconnaissance mission he is to accompany and a polo tournament; and expresses regret that the son of Madame de Jancourt is unlikely to visit him in India. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/133-140 and CHAR 28/152B/141-143.

1 folio
27 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/152A/138-140

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses the publication of ["The Malakand Field Force"] by Longmans; comments on the stupidity of the songs in a play [performed at Blenheim Palace]; comments on a reconnaissance mission he is to accompany and a polo tournament; and expresses regret that the son of Madame de Jancourt is unlikely to visit him in India. Type. Additional copy at CHAR 28/152B/141-143 and original at CHAR 28/152A/137.

3 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/19

Letter from WSC (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he promises to send photographs of [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill]; recommends him to write home often as "papa only remembers getting one letter from you and a very unsatisfactory report"; and says that he has wasted 10 pounds "on a lot of old rubbish". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
c 1891
CHAR 28/152A/2

Letter from WSC (The Headmaster's, Harrow [School, Middlesex]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he thanks him for some books and "P.O.O.'s" [Post Office Orders?]; says that he has purchased curtains for the den and instructs Jack to make 2 bunks for them to sleep in; and informs him that he has begun to study Chemistry. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/3-4.

1 folio
[1891]
CHAR 28/152A/20

Letter from WSC (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he describes a cash box which [Lady Randolph Churchill] has purchased for Jack; describes a walk with "Polly" [Adela] Hacket, a meeting with "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and luncheon with [Lady Randolph] at White's Club; and discusses rumours of [William] Gladstone's resignation. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/21-22.

1 folio
31 Jan [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/21-22

Transcript of a letter from WSC (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he describes a cash box which [Lady Randolph Churchill] has purchased for Jack; describes a walk with "Polly" [Adela] Hacket, a meeting with "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and luncheon with [Lady Randolph] at White's Club; and discusses rumours of [William] Gladstone's resignation. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/20.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/23

Letter from WSC (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] including: thanks him for his long letter; his illness and the possibility that he may go to Brighton [Sussex]; news of various friends; a new Chemistry notebooks and an alteration in the period of history to be studied for the Sandhurst examination; and a promise to send money. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
03 Feb 1893
CHAR 28/152A/24

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he thanks him for his letter and discusses visiting Harrow at the weekend. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
21 Feb [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/25

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he thanks him for his letter; reports that he has visited the 4th Hussars at Aldershot [Surrey] with Colonel [John] Brabazon; discusses "the watch" [WSC had ill treated a gold watch] and reports that "Papa [Lord Randolph Churchill] is now soothed"; discusses their summer holiday and their next meeting; and reports that the typewriter has arrived. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
03 May [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/26

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] including: a visit to the Empire [theatre, London]; his intention to bring "Molly" [Adela] Hacket to Harrow; a planned visit to the Derby if [Lord Randolph Churchill] gives his permission; and his progress with a typewriter. Typescript signed by WSC.

1 folio
05 Jun 1894
CHAR 28/152A/27

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] including: a visit to the races at Ascot [Surrey] and dinner with Lord Wolverton; his hopes to see Jack; and the comment "Everything is very damneble [sic] except Sandhurst". Typescript signed by WSC.

1 folio
24 Jun [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/28

Letter from WSC (50, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] enclosing a newspaper cutting [not present] about the "riot at the Empire" [theatre, Leicester Square, London] about which he comments "it was I who led the rioters and made a speech to the crowd"; thanking him for a [Post Office order] and photographs; commenting on [Lord Randolph Churchill's] health; and advising him to "work hard and keep your pecker up". Signed manuscript. Typed transcripts at CHAR 28/152A/29-30.

1 folio
07 Nov [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/29-30

Transcript of a letter from WSC (50, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] enclosing a newspaper cutting [not present] about the "riot at the Empire" [theatre, Leicester Square, London] about which he comments "it was I who led the rioters and made a speech to the crowd"; thanking him for a [Post Office order] and photographs; commenting on [Lord Randolph Churchill's] health; and advising him to "work hard and keep your pecker up". Typed. Two copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/28.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/3-4

Transcript of a letter from WSC (The Headmaster's, Harrow [School, Middlesex]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he thanks him for some books and "P.O.O.'s" [Post Office Orders?]; says that he has purchased curtains for the den and instructs Jack to make 2 bunks for them to sleep in; and informs him that he has begun to study Chemistry. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/2.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/31

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] thanking him for a present, discussing arrangements to visit Harrow, and informing him that [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill] are returning [from Japan] to Monte Carlo as [Lord Randolph] has been advised to have "perfect quiet". Signed manuscript. Typed transcripts at CHAR 28/152A/32-33.

1 folio
29 Nov [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/32-33

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] thanking him for a present, discussing arrangements to visit Harrow, and informing him that [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill] are returning [from Japan] to Monte Carlo as [Lord Randolph] has been advised to have "perfect quiet". Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/31.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/34

Letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] informing him that [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill] are returning [from Japan] to Monte Carlo and commenting on [Lord Randolph's] health "if he keeps perfectly quiet he may yet get well- though he will never be able to go into Politics." Signed manuscript. Typed transcripts at CHAR 28/152A/35-36.

1 folio
29 Nov [1894]
CHAR 28/152A/35-36

Transcript of letter from WSC (Royal Military College, Sandhurst [Camberley, Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] informing him that [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill] are returning [from Japan] to Monte Carlo and commenting on [Lord Randolph's] health "if he keeps perfectly quiet he may yet get well- though he will never be able to go into Politics." Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/34.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/37-39

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: his arrival at Aldershot and a dinner as a guest of the mess on the first night which put him at ease; the "terribly severe business" of the riding school and the pain he is suffering; details of his daily routine, responsibilities and his servant; and news that he has been gazetted and will receive 120 pounds per year pay. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/40-45.

3 folios
21 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/40-45

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: his arrival at Aldershot and a dinner as a guest of the mess on the first night which put him at ease; the "terribly severe business" of the riding school and the pain he is suffering; details of his daily routine, responsibilities and his servant; and news that he has been gazetted and will receive 120 pounds per year pay. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/37-39.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/46-47

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, East Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; details of his commission and rate of pay; comments on his work which he finds interesting except for the drill; a route march which he was allowed to accompany; arrangements to purchase a picture of Count [Charles] Kinsky for a sovereign; and advice on beginning letters. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/48-51.

2 folios
27 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/48-51

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, East Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; details of his commission and rate of pay; comments on his work which he finds interesting except for the drill; a route march which he was allowed to accompany; arrangements to purchase a picture of Count [Charles] Kinsky for a sovereign; and advice on beginning letters. Typed. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/46-47.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/5-8

Letter from WSC to "Jack" [John S Churchill] with an account of his exeat including: his arrival at home; a visit to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough]; a visit to the naval exhibition with [James] Milbanke; a detailed illustrated account of a visit to Crystal Place [London] with Count [Charles] Kinsky including a display of wild beasts, a fire brigade drill, a "tolerable" dinner with champagne, a row between Count Kinsky and a "blackguard" described as "Row with Kaffir", fireworks, and his impressions of the Emperor of Germany; and meetings with "Touty" [Baron de Forest / Count de Bendern] and "Kim" [Lord Kimbolton, later 9th Duke of Manchester]. Signed manuscript illustrated with pen and ink drawings. Typed transcripts at CHAR 28/152A/9-18.

4 folios
[1892]
CHAR 28/152A/52

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] enclosing a cheque for 1 pound and a photograph of the "Donkey Race Group". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
04 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/53

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses [Thomas] Walden sending a photograph to Harrow; informs him of his accident in a steeplechase; discusses games of "Fives"; and informs him that he was in charge of the squadron "rather dull - but a lot of things to arrange and sign". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
15 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/54

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he describes his first ride in a steeplechase in which he was placed third and comments that it has made him more popular and that he rode under the "nom de guerre" of Spencer as the race was reported in the newspapers. Original manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/55-58.

1 folio
24 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/55-58

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Surrey]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he describes his first ride in a steeplechase in which he was placed third and comments that it has made him more popular and that he rode under the "nom de guerre" of Spencer as the race was reported in the newspapers. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/54.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/59

Letter from WSC (Cunard Royal Mail Steamship "Etruria", Queenstown [South Africa]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] passing on regards from [Alexandra] Lady Colebrooke, informing him that the sea is calm and asking him to write. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
02 Nov [1895]
CHAR 28/152A/60

Letter from WSC (35a, Great Cumberland Place [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing Jack's visit to Harrogate [Yorkshire] for a cure; advising him to read an article in "Truth" about the 4th Hussars; and discussing his polo playing. Signed manuscript. Typed transcripts at CHAR 28/152A/61-64.

1 folio
24 May [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/61-64

Transcript of a letter from WSC (35a, Great Cumberland Place [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing Jack's visit to Harrogate [Yorkshire] for a cure; advising him to read an article in "Truth" about the 4th Hussars; and discussing his polo playing. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/60.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/65

Letter from WSC (35a, Great Cumberland Place [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses the route of the P &O express and says that he will not see him until he returns from India; discusses his speech; and asks him to write often. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
29 Jul [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/66-67

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Hounslow [Middlesex]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing arrangements to visit him [at Harrow] and to have lunch with [James] Welldon and asks him to look after [?Lionel de] Rothschild. Signed manuscript. Envelope present.

2 folios
30 Sep [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/68

Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: the news that his butterfly collection has been destroyed by a rat; a forthcoming polo match; thanks for copies of the Strand magazine and comments on a story by [Arthur] Conan Doyle; a pony race meeting in which he was placed third 3 times; the arrival of "Lily" [his pony]; the plants in his garden; and the deaths of soldiers. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/69-74.

1 folio
02 Dec [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/69-74

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: the news that his butterfly collection has been destroyed by a rat; a forthcoming polo match; thanks for copies of the Strand magazine and comments on a story by [Arthur] Conan Doyle; a pony race meeting in which he was placed third 3 times; the arrival of "Lily" [his pony]; the plants in his garden; and the deaths of soldiers. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/68.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/75-76

Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; his wounded kneecap which was caused by a "sequel to a bearfight" at a dinner the previous evening with instructions not to tell [James] Welldon about the incident "he would be bound to view it with stern disapproval - never having...come into contact with the slightly elevated and inebriated subaltern"; his opinion of hypocrisy within the clergy and of religion; his progress with reading [Edward] Gibbon's "Decline and Fall [of the Roman Empire]"; shooting; and the news that he is unable to join Sir Bindon Blood. Signed manuscript. Envelope present. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/ 77-82.

2 folios
07 Dec [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/77-82

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; his wounded kneecap which was caused by a "sequel to a bearfight" at a dinner the previous evening with instructions not to tell [James] Welldon about the incident "he would be bound to view it with stern disapproval - never having...come into contact with the slightly elevated and inebriated subaltern"; his opinion of hypocrisy within the clergy and of religion; his progress with reading [Edward] Gibbon's "Decline and Fall [of the Roman Empire]"; shooting; and the news that he is unable to join Sir Bindon Blood. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/75-76.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/83-84

Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; a letter he has received from [James] Welldon about the Christian missions; a copy of his proposed reply [see CHAR 28/152A/85-86] which he asks him to keep confidential as "everyone is at heart a gossip"; his proposed trip to the Calcutta races and his intention to go to Egypt. Signed manuscript. Envelope present.

2 folios
16 Dec [1896]
CHAR 28/152A/85-86

Draft of a letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to [James] Welldon in which he explains his reasons for deprecating missionary work; discusses the evolution of various religions and the cost "deluges of blood and floods of theological controversy" of one religion superseding another; and explains that he believes that Christianity is "best adapted to the spiritual needs of the European inhabitants of the North Temperate Zone". In a postscript he asks Welldon whether he should read Macaulay after he finishes [Edward] Gibbon. Signed manuscript. Sent with CHAR 28/152A/83-84. Annotated by WSC "Copy. Burn this Jack [John S Churchill] without showing to any one.".

2 folios
16 Dec 1896
CHAR 28/152A/87-89

Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he comments on Jack's disapproval of his literary style, supplying arguments from [Edward] Gibbon; explains his opinions about the decline in the style of letter-writing due to the speed of the post, asking, as he receives letters infrequently, "Can you blame me, if, while I suffer the inconvenience of our ancestors, I try to imitate their virtues?"; discusses his trip to Meerut and the races at Bangalore in which his pony "Lily of the Valley" is due to run; gives details of his plans to travel to Egypt and to meet Jack in Paris [France]; and comments on the illness of [Frederick] Baillie. Signed manuscript. Envelope present. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/90-95.

3 folios
14 Feb 1897
CHAR 28/152A/9-18

Transcript of a letter [CHAR 28/152A/5-8] from WSC to "Jack" [John S Churchill] with an account of his exeat including: his arrival at home; visits to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough; a visit to the naval exhibition with [James] Milbanke; a detailed illustrated account of a visit to Crystal Place [London] with Count [Charles] Kinsky including a display of wild beasts, a fire brigade drill, a "tolerable" dinner with champagne, a row between Count Kinsky and a "blackguard" described as "Row with Kaffir", fireworks, and his impressions of the Emperor of Germany; and meetings with "Touty" [Baron de Forest / Count de Bendern] and "Kim" [Lord Kimbolton, later 9th Duke of Manchester]. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/5-8.

9 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/90-95

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he comments on Jack's disapproval of his literary style, supplying arguments from [Edward] Gibbon; explains his opinions about the decline in the style of letter-writing due to the speed of the post, asking, as he receives letters infrequently, "Can you blame me, if, while I suffer the inconvenience of our ancestors, I try to imitate their virtues?"; discusses his trip to Meerut and the races at Bangalore in which his pony "Lily of the Valley" is due to run; gives details of his plans to travel to Egypt and to meet Jack in Paris [France]; and comments on the illness of [Frederick] Baillie. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/87-89.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152A/96-98

Letter from WSC (Government House, Guindy [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses a race that his pony "Lily of the Valley" is due to compete in and his plans to sail to England; advises Jack to read Alexandre Dumas in French to learn French history ("the history of the most versatile, witty and attractive nation in the world") and become acquainted with the French character; and defends his letter-writing style. In a postscript he reports that "Lily" was placed fourth. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152A/99-106.

3 folios
09 Mar [1897]
CHAR 28/152A/99-106

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Government House, Guindy [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses a race that his pony "Lily of the Valley" is due to compete in and his plans to sail to England; advises Jack to read Alexandre Dumas in French to learn French history ("the history of the most versatile, witty and attractive nation in the world") and become acquainted with the French character; and defends his letter-writing style. In a postscript he reports that "Lily" was placed fourth. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152A/96-98.

8 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/141-143

Transcript of a letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses the publication of ["The Malakand Field Force"] by Longmans; comments on the stupidity of the songs in a play [performed at Blenheim Palace]; comments on a reconnaissance mission he is to accompany and a polo tournament; and expresses regret that the son of Madame de Jancourt is unlikely to visit him in India. Type. Additional copy at CHAR 28/152A/138-140 and original at CHAR 28/152A/137.

3 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/144

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs and a loan which "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] needs and asks Jack to share the burden of the repayment of interest. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
30 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/152B/145-146

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses his financial worries and a future polo tournament at Meerut and recommends that Jack reads a letter he wrote to "Reggie" [Sir Reginald Barnes]. Signed manuscript. Envelope present.

2 folios
16 Feb 1898
CHAR 28/152B/147-148

Letter from WSC (Peshawar, 4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he comments on his appointment as orderly officer to Sir William Lockhart; discusses his duties; comments on a recent "skirmish"; describes Peshawar and its climate; recommends that Jack should write down his impressions of India; comments on a virulent plague of which 400 people a day in Bombay have been dying; and describes Colonel [John] Broadbent as a "stupid old man - but amiable". Signed manuscript.

2 folios
20 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/152B/149

Part of a letter from WSC (4th (The Queen's Own) Hussars, Bangalore, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses sorrow that "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] has not written to him, asks Jack to find out why she is "so unkind", and says that the mistakes in ["The Malakand Field Force"] have caused him "acute pain". Manuscript.

1 folio
03 May 1898
CHAR 28/152B/150

Letter from WSC (Government House, Ootacamund [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he gives advice for Jack's military career including recommendations that he should make himself a "good troop leader", should read a book on cavalry drill and have his hair cut short; expresses a poor opinion of the yeomanry; discusses the Sudan campaign and predicts that there will be fighting at Omdurman; and comments on the losses of men. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/151-156.

1 folio
09 May [1898]
CHAR 28/152B/151-156

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Government House, Ootacamund [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he gives advice for Jack's military career including recommendations that he should make himself a "good troop leader", should read a book on cavalry drill and have his hair cut short; expresses a poor opinion of the yeomanry; discusses the Sudan campaign and predicts that there will be fighting at Omdurman; and comments on the losses of men. Typed. 2 copies. Original at CHAR 28/152B/150.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/157

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he reports that his novel ["Savrola"] is finished; discusses his plans to go to Egypt with Sir Bindon Blood; and asks whether Jack has joined the Batchelors' Club. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
26 May 1898
CHAR 28/152B/158

Letter from WSC (35a, Great Cumberland Place [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to meet in Paris [France] and promises to send any newspaper reports of his speech at Bath. Signed manuscript annotated in red ink [?by WSC].

1 folio
23 Jul [1897]
CHAR 28/152B/159

Letter from WSC (Brindisi [Italy] on the notepaper of 35a, Great Cumberland Place) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses regret that Jack was not able to accompany him to the station; discusses the likelihood of fighting in India; and gives instructions for the Morning Post to be sent to him, for the text of his novel ["Savrola"] to be sent to Ivor [Guest, later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne], instructions for Oliver [Borthwick], and for Jack to telegraph whether there is fighting on the frontier. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/160-163.

1 folio
04 Dec [1897]
CHAR 28/152B/160-163

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Brindisi [Italy] on the notepaper of 35a, Great Cumberland Place) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses regret that Jack was not able to accompany him to the station; discusses the likelihood of fighting in India; and gives instructions for the Morning Post to be sent to him, for the text of his novel ["Savrola"] to be sent to Ivor [Guest, later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne], instructions for Oliver [Borthwick], and for Jack to telegraph whether there is fighting on the frontier. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/159.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/164

Letter from WSC (on the notepaper of 35 A, Great Cumberland Street) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he complains of seasickness and gives Jack instructions to forward a letter and to pay Mr Marshall 1 pound for a suit he lent WSC when he got wet when hunting. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/166-167.

1 folio
06 Dec [1898]
CHAR 28/152B/165

Letter from WSC (Bengal Club, Calcutta [India]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he says that his leg has improved; discusses horse races and his hopes for "Lily" [his pony]; promises to send him 5 pounds as a Christmas present; and informs him that Hewett "who shot you in the eye at Deepdene" is with him. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
24 Dec [1898]
CHAR 28/152B/166-167

Transcript of a letter from WSC (on the notepaper of 35 A, Great Cumberland Street) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he complains of seasickness and gives Jack instructions to forward a letter and to pay Mr Marshall 1 pound for a suit he lent WSC when he got wet when hunting. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/164.

2 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/168

Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; his progress at writing and his desire for information; a message for "Frankie" [Frank] Rhodes about a manuscript he has sent and a request that Rhodes should try and get the Sirdar [Sir Herbert Kitchener] to write him a private letter; instructions to visit Omdurman [Sudan] and obtain a map of the battlefield; and news that he has wounded his shoulder and will not be able to play polo. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/169-174.

1 folio
09 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/152B/169-174

Transcript of letter from WSC (4th Hussars, India) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] on subjects including: thanks for his letter; his progress at writing and his desire for information; a message for "Frankie" [Frank] Rhodes about a manuscript he has sent and a request that Rhodes should try and get the Sirdar [Sir Herbert Kitchener] to write him a private letter; instructions to visit Omdurman [Sudan] and obtain a map of the battlefield; and news that he has wounded his shoulder and will not be able to play polo. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/168.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/175

Letter from WSC ("Before Potgieters ferry", Natal, South Africa) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure that Jack is due to join him; stresses that it is important to maintain the good will of [Sir Ernest] Cassel; informs him that his lieutenancy within the South African Light Horse is secure and that he has made arrangements for horses; and discusses an engagement with the enemy he predicts will take place on the following day and which will "decide Sir George White's fate [as General in command of troops at Natal]". Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/176-179.

1 folio
12 Jan 1900
CHAR 28/152B/176-179

Transcript of a letter from WSC ("Before Potgieters ferry", Natal, South Africa) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure that Jack is due to join him; stresses that it is important to maintain the good will of [Sir Ernest] Cassel; informs him that his lieutenancy within the South African Light Horse is secure and that he has made arrangements for horses; and discusses an engagement with the enemy he predicts will take place on the following day and which will "decide Sir George White's fate [as General in command of troops at Natal]". Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/175.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/180

Letter from WSC (Bloemfontein, South Africa) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he informs him that he plans to stay in Bloemfontein; discusses the possibility of Jack seeking a position with the yeomanry forces and arrangements for his saddlery and field glasses to be sent to him; gives news of [8th Duke of] Roxburghe and "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough]; and informs him that "I have settled everything happily" with the help of [Sir Ian] Hamilton, [General Sir William] Nicholson and Neville Chamberlain. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
13 Apr 1900
CHAR 28/152B/181

Letter from WSC (Bloemfontein [South Africa]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses an imminent attack on Brandfort and speculates on the [Boer] War, gives news of [Charles, 9th Duke of] Marlborough, Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne] and Victor [2nd Lord Lytton], and recommends that Jack reads his accounts in the Morning Post. Signed typescript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/182-185.

1 folio
01 May 1900
CHAR 28/152B/182-185

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Bloemfontein [South Africa]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses an imminent attack on Brandfort and speculates on the [Boer] War, gives news of [Charles, 9th Duke of] Marlborough, Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne] and Victor [2nd Lord Lytton], and recommends that Jack reads his accounts in the Morning Post. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/181.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/186-187

Letter from WSC (Pretoria [South Africa]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] including: the news that he plans to go home "after an interesting and exciting march" with General [Sir Ian] Hamilton; news of Hugo [Baring] and of the death of the son of [3rd Lord] Chesham; advice to leave the South African Light Horse and "come home to the quills of the city and the arms of the ladies". Signed typescript.

2 folios
17 Jun 1900
CHAR 28/152B/188

Letter from WSC to "Jack" [John S Churchill] enclosing letters from "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill, not present]; discussing the sales of his book "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" and the military actions in which Jack has been involved; his decision to return home because there are rumours of a General Election; the possibility that [Lady Randolph] might marry "G W" [George Cornwallis West]; and the profits he has made from stocks purchased by [Sir Ernest] Cassel. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
[1900]
CHAR 28/152B/189-195

Letter from WSC (35 A, Great Cumberland Place [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] including: news that [Sir Ernest] Cassel would like Jack to return; the marriage of "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] to George Cornwallis West, about which he comments "the whole of the Churchill family from Sunny [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] downwards was drawn in a solid phalanx and their approval ratified the business"; discussion of financial affairs; his decision to contest Oldham [Lancashire] and the news of his enthusiastic reception there; sales of his books; a visit to the House of Commons where [Joseph] Chamberlain treated him civilly; the murder of the King of Italy and the death of the Duke of Edinburgh; and advice to return home. Signed typescript. Envelope present.

7 folios
31 Jul 1900
CHAR 28/152B/196

Letter from WSC ([Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire] on the notepaper of 105 Mount Street) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he says that he has heard from "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] that Jack is better, discusses his progress on his [biography of Lord Randolph Churchill] and says that by the end of the following week "there will remain nothing but to flesh the skeleton" and reports on a car accident involving Sunny [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
24 Aug 1902
CHAR 28/152B/197

Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] thanking him for his letter and asking him to "make some nice speeches" to "Lady G" on his behalf, discusses Jack's health, discusses his search for "a more personal view" for his [biography of Lord Randolph Churchill], and asks for financial advice. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
27 Aug 1902
CHAR 28/152B/198

Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses Jack's refusal of an offer from Dudley [Marjoriebanks, later 3rd Lord Tweedmouth] and informs him that he is going to Scotland. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
29 Aug 1902
CHAR 28/152B/199-200

Letter from WSC (Canford Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses his trip to Egypt to see a dam; recommends that he should take a month away from his work in the City [of London] and offers to speak to [Sir Ernest] Cassel is necessary; discusses financial affairs; and reports that he has found some scrapbooks which have provided him with all the information needed [for his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]. Signed typescript.

2 folios
09 Oct 1902
CHAR 28/152B/201

Letter from WSC (House of Commons) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses Jack's failure to be elected to the Turf Club and says that he must not be disappointed . In a postscript he notes that his speech was well-received. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
20 Feb 1905
CHAR 28/152B/202

Letter from WSC (Villa Cassel, Moerel, Valais, Switzerland) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he expresses regret that he sold shares at the wrong time; reports that he won 260 pounds in the Deauville [France] casino; discusses his travel plans and the constitution of Transvaal [South Africa]; and reports that he has been corresponding with King [Edward VII] and has put "everything on a much better footing in that quarter". Signed manuscript.

1 folio
26 Aug 1906
CHAR 28/152B/203

Letter from WSC (Vienna [Austria]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] marked "secret" discussing his financial affairs and enclosing two bills which he asks Jack to take care of, explaining that he does not wish to pay them but does not want them to take legal proceedings against him. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
14 Sep [1906]
CHAR 28/152B/204

Letter from WSC ([Italy] on the notepaper of the Colonial Office) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he comments that Jack's stories are "un peu trop fort" [a bit too strong] and he has "had to forego the pleasure of keeping it [his letter] in the archives"; discusses a future dinner with "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild]; and discusses difficulties over the authority on which he has left the United Kingdom and his travel plans. Signed manuscript. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/205-208.

1 folio
23 Sep 1906
CHAR 28/152B/205-208

Transcript of a letter from WSC ([Italy] on the notepaper of the Colonial Office) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he comments that Jack's stories are "un peu trop fort" [a bit too strong] and he has "had to forego the pleasure of keeping it in the archives"; discusses a future dinner with "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild]; and discusses difficulties over the authority on which he has left the United Kingdom and his travel plans. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/204.

4 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/209

Letter from WSC (The Palace, Malta) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses [the letting of a house in Bolton Street to Robert Sievier] and agrees that Mrs Scrivings should have a holiday and describes his visit to Malta. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
03 Oct 1907
CHAR 28/152B/210-213

Letter from WSC (S S Ambigol, Nile [Egypt]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] marked "dictated" on subjects including: the illness and death of [George] Scrivings of choleric diarrhoea; the arrangements WSC made for his medical treatment and his burial with full military honours and his grave stone; instructions for Jack to read part of the letter to Mrs Scrivings and to reassure her that WSC will provide for her; arrangements for his travel plans and a servant for him; and instructions for "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] to arrange rooms for him at the Ritz Hotel. Manuscript in the hand of Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC].

4 folios
28 Dec [1907]
CHAR 28/152B/214

Letter from WSC (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses Jack's career and advises him to take [Sir Ernest] Cassel into his confidence and gives instructions for arrangements to be made for him to stay at the Ritz Hotel on his return. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
13 Jan 1908
CHAR 28/152B/215

Note from WSC to "Jack" [John S Churchill] and "Goonie" [Lady Gwendeline Churchill, formerly Lady Gwendeline Bertie] informing them that he is to marry CSC. Manuscript signed with initials.

1 folio
[1909]
CHAR 28/152B/216-219

Letter from Mother [Lady Randolph Churchill] (?Villa des Fleurs) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] marked "private" and "tear up" in which he says she left Clara [Frewen, earlier Clara Jerome] in Rome [Italy] and that Clara was "forlorn" after Hugh's [Hugh Frewen's] wedding; apologises that he is troubled by her affairs; discusses George [Cornwallis West's] mismanagement of finances and his responsibility for the payment of bills; expresses her keenness that the decree nisi [relating to her divorce from George] should be made absolute; discusses her return to London ["Who cares if I return or not...What am I? Only an old 5th wheel"]. Signed manuscript.

4 folios
15 Aug [1913]
CHAR 28/152B/220

Letter from WSC (41 Cromwell Road [London]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he discusses the possibility that he may be offered [the position of Minister of] Munitions; comments that the press are "amazingly vicious" and that he hopes that the publication of the Dardanelles papers will alter this; discusses the death of "K" [1st Lord Kitchener] and efforts to secure a position for [Sir William] Birdwood in command of the Australian army. Manuscript signed with initial.

1 folio
21 Jun 1916
CHAR 28/152B/221

Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace [Oxfordshire]) to [John S Churchill] in which he says that he has been thinking about [the possibility of his regiment being sent to the Somme] and advises him to "confine yrself strictly to your duties"; comments on the "marvellous devotion and heroism of the troops"; says that he hopes to earn 10-12,000 pounds in the next 6 months and that his salary "beats all records in journalism"; expresses frustration at not being given a position and not being able to fight against the Germans; discusses the efforts of [David Lloyd George] on his behalf and the delay in publishing the Dardanelles papers; and comments on the progress made by Peregrine [Churchill] and Randolph [Churchill]. Manuscript signed with initial. Typed transcript at CHAR 28/152B/222-227.

1 folio
15 Jun 1916
CHAR 28/152B/222-227

Transcript of a letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace [Oxfordshire]) to [John S Churchill] in which he says that he has been thinking about [the possibility of his regiment being sent to the Somme] and advises him to "confine yrself strictly to your duties"; comments on the "marvellous devotion and heroism of the troops"; says that he hopes to earn 10-12,000 pounds in the next 6 months and that his earnings "beats all records in journalism"; expresses frustration at not being given a position and not being able to fight against the Germans; discusses the efforts of [David Lloyd George] on his behalf and the delay in publishing the Dardanelles papers; and comments on the progress made by Peregrine [Churchill] and Randolph [Churchill]. Typed. 2 copies. Original letter at CHAR 28/152B/221.

6 folios
c 1945
CHAR 28/152B/228

Envelope addressed to John S Churchill. Manuscript in the hand of WSC.

1 folio
17 Jul 1916
CHAR 28/152B/229

Envelope addressed to John S Churchill. Manuscript in the hand of WSC.

1 folio
30 Dec 1907
CHAR 28/152B/230

Envelope addressed to John S Churchill. Manuscript in the hand of WSC.

1 folio
11 Oct 1907
CHAR 28/152B/231

Envelope addressed to John S Churchill. Manuscript in the hand of WSC.

1 folio
21 Jun 1916
CHAR 28/152B/232

Envelope addressed to John S Churchill. Manuscript in the hand of WSC.

1 folio
12 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/152B/233

Letter from WSC (Villa Reve d'Or, Cannes [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing financial affairs including the value of the French franc. In a postscript he reports that he has been "salving like nigger" over his book [the second volume of "The World Crisis"]. Manuscript signed with initial.

1 folio
04 Jan 1923
CHAR 28/152B/234-235

Letter from WSC (Cannes [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing financial affairs including the division of a fund, payment for building work at 2, Sussex Square [London], the sale of stocks, the value of the French franc, and a profit of 27,000 francs he has made by gambling. Manuscript signed with initial.

2 folios
10 Jan 1923
CHAR 28/152B/236

Letter from WSC (Villa Reve d'Or, Cannes [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing financial affairs including the purchase and sale of stocks. Manuscript signed with initial.

1 folio
10 Feb 1923
CHAR 28/152B/237

Letter from WSC ([France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] enclosing a letter [not present] to [W] Bernau [his bank manager] and asking his opinion about the sale of stocks. Manuscript signed with initial.

1 folio
17 Feb 1923
CHAR 28/152B/238-239

Letter from WSC (Cannes [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] discussing financial affairs including his earnings from his books, the value of stocks, his concern about the power of Cox [and Company, his bank] and the possibility that his overdraft might have been impounded. Manuscript signed with initial.

2 folios
16 Feb 1923
CHAR 28/152B/240

Letter from WSC (Villa Reve d'Or, Cannes [France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] thanking him for his telegram and discussing the value of some of his stock. Signed typescript.

1 folio
15 Apr 1923