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CHAR 28/35 Acquired Papers. Letters and telegrams from George Cornwallis-West to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes items relating to their engagement which was broken off and to George's participation in the Boer War. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described. All items in file except CHAR 28/35/78 date to 1899.

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CHAR 28/35/1

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy new year, discussing the visit of "Putty" to Africa and asking her to send letters by the first post so that they are not noticed.

1 folio
01 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/2

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Newlands Manor, Lymington, Hampshire) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her success with her magazine ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"] and discussing his part in "The Profligate".

1 folio
02 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/3

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Newlands Manor, Lymington, Hampshire) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his acting has been abandoned due to the death of a servant and an accident involving a groom.

1 folio
03 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/4

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has decided to go hunting and that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] has suggested that [Lady Randolph] should include a gardening feature in ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"].

1 folio
05 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/5

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters and says that he has been dancing.

1 folio
12 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/6

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Coton House, Rugby) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters, apologises for not writing to her and describes a hunt.

1 folio
18 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/7

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Coton House, Rugby) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing to her and describes a hunt.

1 folio
20 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/8

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hated having to leave her and describes a hunt.

1 folio
23 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/9

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hated having to leave her and describes a hunt.

1 folio
30 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/10

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey and discusses arrangements to see her.

1 folio
09 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/11

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her in London and describes a hunt.

1 folio
14 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/12

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a fall while hunting, reports that Lady Rose Leigh has run away with Lord Cottenham and asks whether his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] has visited her.

1 folio
16 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/13

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt and says that he will be discreet about "Maga" ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"].

1 folio
17 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/14

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt, reports that it is true that [Lord] Cottenham has run away with [Rose Leigh] and says that only his "extreme sense of duty" prevents him being with her.

1 folio
19 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/15

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing to her and describes the races at Warwick.

1 folio
22 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/16

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has decided not to go to Stanmore with her as he would like to hunt and reports that he won o180 at the races at Warwick.

1 folio
23 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/17

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that the frost has prevented hunting and discusses arrangements to see her in London.

1 folio
27 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/18

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that the frost has prevented hunting, that he often wants to send her "endearing telegrams" and that he wishes he could help her in her "enterprise" ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"].

1 folio
06 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/19

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for a note, describes a hunt and comments that Walter Rothschild looks elderly.

1 folio
09 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/20

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his fall while hunting and asks about a meeting with [John] Lane.

1 folio
14 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/21-22

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Manor House Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa [Warwickshire]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Rugby races in which he rode and comments on the terms she has arranged with [John] Lane [concerning "The Anglo-Saxon Review"].

2 folios
16 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/23

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is riding in two point-to-point races.

1 folio
17 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/24

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt.

1 folio
20 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/25

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he loves her and will miss her.

1 folio
20 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/26

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been to see a pony, gives details of the places he is visiting and the bets he is going to place for her on the Grand National.

1 folio
21 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/27

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Liverpool races and the hotel in which he is staying and says that he has met Lady Bridie Stewart.

1 folio
23 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/28

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Grand National.

1 folio
24 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/29

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Gisburne, Princes Park, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the races and reports that he won o720.

1 folio
25 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/30

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Gisburne, Princes Park, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he misses her and that he has visited Hooton [Cheshire] which is being converted into "a sort of Ranelagh".

1 folio
26 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/31

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is going to visit his grandmother and that he misses her.

1 folio
27 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/32

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the leaking of the news of the title for her magazine ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"] and describes the bad weather.

1 folio
28 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/33

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Royal Mail Steamer "Munster") to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is looking forward to seeing her.

1 folio
03 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/34

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Bank of England [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his feelings for her and says "If ever I were to do any good in this world, it would be because of your influence".

1 folio
08 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/35

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Crotanstown, The Curragh, County Kildare [Ireland]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey, discusses arrangements to see her at Ruthin [Castle] and comments that HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] is "very anxious" to meet her.

1 folio
10 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/36

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that he has won o50 as his horse has won a race.

1 folio
15 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/37

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Guards' Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he did not like having to leave her, discusses arrangements to see her and refers to her as his "embryo wife".

1 folio
09 May 1899
CHAR 28/35/38

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has composed his speech, that he has persuaded [Lady] Daisy [Warwick] to sing at the bazaar and that his affairs are "quite satisfactory".

1 folio
06 Jun 1899
CHAR 28/35/39

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses her dream and arrangements to see her again, encloses a copy of his speech [not present] and says that the tenants' lunch was a success.

1 folio
07 Jun 1899
CHAR 28/35/40

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Bachelors' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to meet her at a horse sale.

1 folio
02 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/41

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (White's [ Club, London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the health of a horse and asks that she should not sign herself "J C" in telegrams.

1 folio
04 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/42

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has seen reports of her in the Daily Mail, discusses arrangements to have dinner with her, and says that he wishes that he could have invited her as his wife to a ceremony.

1 folio
06 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/43

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for driving him to the station and says that he had to pretend that she was his sister.

1 folio
11 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/44

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her, describes a "subalterns court martial", asks whether she has seen the doctor and refers to an enclosure [not present].

1 folio
11 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/45

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Victoria Barracks, Windsor [Berkshire]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a military ceremony and the state colours and says that he has told Mrs Greaves that they are to marry.

1 folio
15 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/46

Map drawn by George Cornwallis-West showing the position of picquets of outpost line with reserves. Pencil and crayon. Annotated "Very clear, neat sketch. By order.".

1 folio
18 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/47

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Guards' Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a dinner with "Jack" [John S Churchill], says that he has seen the doctor and that he is dining with the Calleys.

1 folio
10 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/48

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey, says that he cannot live without her and that he has had a letter from Gordon Wood [concerning their relationship].

1 folio
11 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/49

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his feelings for her and says that Miss Calley had tried to persuade him not to marry [Lady Randolph].

1 folio
13 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/50

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing their engagement and enclosing a newspaper cutting [CHAR 28/35/51] concerning the announcement of their engagement.

1 folio
14 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/51

Newspaper cutting concerning the announcement of the engagement of George Cornwallis-West to Lady Randolph Churchill which includes comments on the difference in ages between them and on the "versatility" of Lady Randolph Churchill. Covering letter at CHAR 28/35/50.

1 folio
[04] [Aug] [1899]
CHAR 28/35/52

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the countryside and says that he has discussed [their prospective marriage] with "Putty".

1 folio
15 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/53

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been fishing for sea-trout, that he is going grouse hunting and that he wishes she were with him.

1 folio
16 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/54

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has torn up a letter from Gordon Wood and describes a fishing trip.

1 folio
17 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/55

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has lost a pin which she gave him, describes stalking deer and says that he enjoys receiving her letters.

1 folio
18 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/56

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] ("In the train going 60 miles an hour to York") to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses plans to see her at Aix [France].

1 folio
19 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/57-58

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Tranby Croft, Hull [Yorkshire]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters and says that Colonel [Arthur] Paget has asked to see him to discuss his relationship with [Lady Randolph]. He also returns newspaper cuttings [not present] and reports that he has heard that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] and sister [Shelagh Cornwallis-West, later Shelagh, Duchess of Westminster] have been behaving "like two emotional &hysterical old maids".

2 folios
20 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/59

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Tranby Croft, Hull [Yorkshire]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses sympathy with her illness, discusses arrangements to see her at Aix [France] and says that he has met Ethel Liggins, a "musical marvel".

1 folio
21 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/60

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a party he attended, gives the names of those present and makes observations on French affairs.

1 folio
22 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/61

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her, says that he is to have dinner with "Jack" [John S Churchill] and that he is reading "The Double Thread".

1 folio
23 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/62

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses his forthcoming interview with [Colonel] Arthur Paget; says that he is devising schemes for the defence of London; and that "Jack" [John S Churchill] has "opened his heart" about Pamela [Plowden, later Pamela, Lady Lytton] and WSC.

1 folio
24 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/63

Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West](Duart Castle, Craignure, Isle of Mull [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he misses her and that he will "stick to" her even if they do not marry.

1 folio
12 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/64

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Station Hotel, Perth [Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he could not understand her telegram, that he is depressed that their plans to marry "have burst like a soap bubble", and that he understands that she fears becoming "a subject of ridicule".

1 folio
14 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/65

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Invercauld, Arms Hotel, Ballater [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his heart "felt vey heavy" at having to say that they were not getting married and makes observations about HRH's [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales'] drive with "Mrs G Sh.".

1 folio
15 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/66

Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West](Braemar [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that the boats are burnt and that it is her fault that he has told his relations [that they are not getting married].

1 folio
16 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/67-68

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Invercauld, Ballater, Aberdeenshire [Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the possibility that they may marry. He observes that she changes her mind frequently, says that he will not marry her until he has more money, that he has quarrelled with many of his relations and friends and that WSC made "strong arguments" in favour of leaving matters as they are.

2 folios
16 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/69

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing deer stalking.

1 folio
02 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/70

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Wynnstay Hotel, Wrexham [Denbighshire, Wales]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] making observations about the Boer War.

1 folio
05 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/71-71A

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Guards Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his regiment is to sail [to South Africa] on the 18th; that Colonel [Arthur] Paget has recommended him to be an aide-de-camp; and that he has seen WSC who was looking untidy.

2 folios
06 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/72

Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West](Southampton [Hampshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] bidding her "au revoir".

1 folio
21 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/73

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (S S Nubia) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that leaving her was "agony", that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] got on board the ship to see him and looked "ill &worn" and that he loves her.

1 folio
21 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/74-77

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (S S Nubia going to South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the voyage; his feelings for her; conditions of overcrowding on the ship; his health and the effects of enteric fever inoculation; his future meeting with WSC; shooting practice and a cinematograph film which was taken of the men running round the ship.

4 folios
26 Oct 1899 - 28 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/78

Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is very stiff after hunting, that he is looking forward to seeing WSC and that he dreamt that she was taken away from him.

1 folio
02 Nov 1898
CHAR 28/35/79-82

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for her telegrams; his impressions of St Vincent [Windward Island] and its inhabitants; a cricket match with the telegraph clerks; his lack of success at bridge; recommendation of "Transvaal from within"; crossing the equator; the effect of the weather on the horses; and his inoculation against enteric [fever].

4 folios
07 Nov 1899 - 11 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/83-85

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Orange River Camp, South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes: his arrival at Cape Town and the food they have eaten; his distress at the news that WSC has been taken prisoner; his appointment as ADC [aide de camp] to Lord Methuen; and a trip to buy horses for the regiment. Envelope marked "Private &non official".

3 folios
18 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/86

Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Capetown [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his arrival and that he is going to Kimberley.

1 folio
20 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/87-88

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Enseling, Cape Colony [South Africa]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he was not hurt in the battle of Belmont, describes the suitability of the terrain for fighting and fighting against the Boers and says that he misses her. Envelope present.

2 folios
26 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/89-91

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Orange River, South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the battle of Modder River [Modderriviere] during which the men were fired on from 6 am to 7 pm, says that he was hospitalised for sunstroke, comments on the success of the [Maine] and [The Anglo-Saxon Review] and says that he misses her. Envelope present.

3 folios
03 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/92

Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Claremont Cape [South Africa]) to[Lady Randolph Churchill] asking when the Maine arrives.

1 folio
18 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/93

Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Claremont [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has been invalided and will be returning to England and asking her to repeat the message to [Patsy Cornwallis-West].

1 folio
23 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/94-95

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Sanatorium, Claremont [South Africa]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses misery at not receiving letters from her, says that he would like to see her and expresses relief at the news that WSC has escaped.

2 folios
23 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/96

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street [Grosvenor Square, London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her at Horse Guards' Parade.

1 folio
[1899]
CHAR 28/35/97

Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Bachelors' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he loves her.

1 folio
[1899]