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CHAR 28/43 Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/43/1

Letter from [Princess] Augusta Caroline [Grand Duchess of Mecklenburgh Strelitz] (St James' [London] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] accepting an invitation to dine with her and Lord Randolph [Churchill].

1 folio
04 May 1885
CHAR 28/43/2

Letter from [Sir Michael] Hicks Beach [later Lord St Aldwyn] (11 Downing Street, Whitehall) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] apologising for not being able to accept an invitation.

1 folio
04 Feb 1886
CHAR 28/43/3

Letter from [Prince Otto von] Bismarck to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has sorry that he has not been able to see Lord Randolph [Churchill] as he did not receive a note from her.

1 folio
30 Mar 1889
CHAR 28/43/4

Letter from [1st Lord] Dufferin and Ava to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for sending him a copy of her article and says that he is glad that it received good reviews.

1 folio
03 Jun 1889
CHAR 28/43/5-6

Letter from [Marquis of] Breteuil to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for not replying to her letter sooner, discusses stupid articles and his confidence that she was not responsible for them, asks her to tell [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] that he is sending him a bottle of brandy and that he may see a hypnotist on his next visit to France so that he can be acquainted with the progress of modern science.

2 folios
02 Mar 1888
CHAR 28/43/7

Letter from [Marquis of] Breteuil (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter and says that she writes French well, expresses his disappointment that he will not be able to see her and says that [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] will be made very welcome and discusses arrangements for reaching Paris.

1 folio
20 May 1888
CHAR 28/43/8

Part of a letter from [Marquis of Breteuil] (Villa Breteuil, Tarbes [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing to her sooner; describes the poor weather; says that he is looking forward to seeing her [in London]; asks her to give him the name of the hotel next to her house, describes the countryside and recommends that she should visit with her children [WSC and John S Churchill].

1 folio
19 Apr 1889
CHAR 28/43/9

Letter from [Marquis of Breteuil] (28 Rue Francois Premier [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; comments on the impression created by "le General Marquis" whom he describes as bragging; says that he is not planning to marry "Mademoiselle H"; and discusses his responsibilities in the House of Deputies.

1 folio
08 Jul 1889
CHAR 28/43/10

Letter from [Marquis of Breteuil] (Villa Breteuil [Tarbes, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he discusses two letters which he has received from her; says that he would like to visit her; describes his electoral activities and says that he is not aware of events in Paris as the postal system has become unsafe and his friends do not dare to write to him.

1 folio
18 Aug 1889
CHAR 28/43/11

Letter from Lloyd Bryce (The North American Review, 3 East Fourteenth Street, New York [United States]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he asks her whether she would be prepared to write an article about the influence of women in British politics which he says could be contrasted with the lack of interest shown by American women. He discusses the influence wielded by Lady Beaconsfield "through her womanly tact and study of her husband's interests"; suggests that alternatively she could write about the position of women in London society; and says that he would pay her 12 guineas. Annotated by [Lady Randolph] "Ldy B [Lady Beaconsfield] was a most vulgar old cad &did B [Beaconsfield] more harm than good.".

1 folio
19 Oct 1889
CHAR 28/43/12

Letter from [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] (Chatsworth, Chesterfield [Derbyshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her and [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] to stay.

1 folio
09 Nov 1887
CHAR 28/43/13

Letter from [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] (Devonshire House, Piccadilly [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he declines an invitation to dine with her.

1 folio
11 Feb 1888
CHAR 28/43/14

Letter from [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] (Devonshire House, Piccadilly [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he accepts an invitation to dine with her provided he is not obliged to speak in Parliament on the Local Government Bill.

1 folio
13 Apr 1888
CHAR 28/43/15

Letter from Sarah Churchill (Balmoral) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that Queen [Victoria] has asked her to write to inquire about Lord Randolph [Churchill's] health and describes the weather. Decorated with pressed flowers.

1 folio
16 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/43/16-17

Letter from H O D Davidson (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he has decided to allow WSC his exeat although he has not deserved it. He asks her to speak to WSC about his "forgetfulness, casualness, unpunctuality, and irregularity in every way", comments that WSC has not settled down, that all his faults can be termed "slovenliness" and that he is unlikely to make a success of a public school, although he does have "remarkable" ability and has produced some good work in history.

2 folios
12 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/43/18

Letter from Sir H[enry] Rider Haggard (1 Elm Court, Temple [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill declining an invitation to dinner.

1 folio
14 Mar 1888
CHAR 28/43/19

Letter from [Sir] E[dward] Hamilton (Treasury) to Lady Randolph Churchill enclosing an official memorandum on the Irish Land Bill [not present] and saying that he wonders whether [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] would have had the same success as [1st Lord] Goschen with his Budget.

1 folio
18 Apr 1890
CHAR 28/43/20

Letter from William Hick (95 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle [Northumberland]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that a new habitation of the Primrose League has been completed and asking whether she would consent to being Dame President and when she would be prepared to hold an inauguration meeting.

1 folio
14 Oct 1889
CHAR 28/43/21

Letter from Mary Adelaide (27 Berkeley Square [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to meet her sister and listen to some music.

1 folio
19 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/43/22-23

Letter from [?] Moulennore ([France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and photograph, apologising for not being able to send a photograph of himself, saying that they are staying in wild country and that staring at the moon and the stars has become boring, that he hopes to spend part of the winter in Vienna [Austria], and that reports of his marriage are false.

2 folios
15 Oct 1878
CHAR 28/43/24

Letter from Philippe [Comte de Paris] Vibeny (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] accepting an invitation on behalf of himself and his sister, Helene [Princess d'Orleans].

1 folio
11 Jun 1889
CHAR 28/43/25

Letter from Helene [Princess d'Orleans](Sheen House, East Sheen, Surrey) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a portrait.

1 folio
11 Jun 1889
CHAR 28/43/26

Letter from Helene [Princess d'Orleans] (Sheen House, East Sheen, Surrey) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a letter and a photograph which she says will be a souvenir of her time spent at Sandringham and which she will use as a example of how women may help their husband to accomplish great things and says that she is looking forward to seeing her again.

1 folio
27 Nov 1886
CHAR 28/43/27

Letter from Isabelle, [Comtesse] de Paris (Sheen House, East Sheen, Surrey) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that her and her husband will not be able to come to Egham, that she would like to meet her in London and that she will follow Lady Randolph's voyage with interest.

1 folio
31 Jul 1889
CHAR 28/43/28

Telegram from Isabelle [Comtesse de Paris] (East Sheen [Surrey]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] congratulating her and saying that she would like to see her.

1 folio
05 Jun 1890
CHAR 28/43/29

Letter from Philippe Comte de Paris (Sheen House, East Sheen, Surrey) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing an article [not present] by the Marquis de Breteuil which he asks her to return after she has read it.

1 folio
26 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/43/30

Letter from Philippe Comte de Paris (Loch Kennard Lodge, Aberfeldy, Perthshire [Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter, says that he is glad that the grouse have arrived safely, describes the grouse shooting and asks to be remembered to Lord Randolph [Churchill].

1 folio
20 Aug 1889
CHAR 28/43/31

Letter from Schwargenberg (Vienna [Austria]) to Lady [Randolph] Churchill in which he thanks her for her letter and asks to be remembered to Lord Randolph [Churchill].

1 folio
23 Dec 1884
CHAR 28/43/32-34

Letter from George Smalley (8 Chester Place, Hyde Park Square [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he makes suggestions about a manuscript which she had sent him.

3 folios
05 Mar 1888
CHAR 28/43/35-36

Letter from George Smalley (Lockinge House, Wantage, Berkshire) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he suggests that she should read Cellini in the original, describes those who are present at the party and comments that she is a "difficile" [difficult] woman.

2 folios
19 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/43/37-38

Letter from George Smalley (8 Chester Place, Hyde Park Square [London])) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he is going to visit Dieppe [France], makes observations on her comments about "AR's story" and encloses a book for her to read.

2 folios
24 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/43/39

Letter from W H Smith (3 Grosvenor Place [London] on the notepaper of the War Office) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he would be delighted to attend her meeting if he is in England at the time.

1 folio
04 Dec 1886
CHAR 28/43/40

Letter from [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff (on the notepaper of the Foreign Office) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he would like to give her a setting for a looking glass, that he fears that she has forgotten him, and that he liked her preface about the Primrose League.

1 folio
07 Oct 1885
CHAR 28/43/41

Letter from George (Gloucester House, Park Lane [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to accept a dinner invitation.

1 folio
08 Jul 1890
CHAR 28/43/42

Includes handwritten entries by Lady Randolph Churchill recording social events and activities including shopping, painting, riding on her horse Polly, letter writing and notes of the weather. Includes entries for: visit to Blenheim Palace (January) and time spent reading to WSC and John S Churchill; political meetings and visits by Arthur Balfour and Henry [Drummond] Wolff; illnesses of Lord Randolph Churchill (late February and March); a voyage to New York [United States] (April-May). The last entry is dated 20 July and the rest of the volume is blank.

1 bound volume
1882
CHAR 28/43/43A-D

Blank illustrated notelets.

4 folios
c 1890
CHAR 28/43/43E

Envelope addressed to Lady Randolph Churchill.

1 folio
c 1889
CHAR 28/43/43F

Hand-written menu illustrated with a picture of a woman.

1 folio
c 1880
CHAR 28/43/43G-H

Lady Randolph Churchill's calling cards.

2 folios
c 1880