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CHAR 28/45 Acquired Papers. Letters and telegrams concerning the Woodstock by-election which Lady Randolph Churchill canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill, and which he won with an increased majority. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/45/1

Telegram from Lady Charles Beresford (105 Eaton Square [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill congratulating her on the result of the Woodstock by-election [which Lady Randolph canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/2

Telegram from H Byson (Darlington [Durham]) to Lady Randolph Churchill wising her success in [the Woodstock election which Lady Randolph canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill] and informing her that "All Conservatives in North heartily condemn mean and disreputable Radical Opposition which threatens you".

1 folio
[Jul] [1885]
CHAR 28/45/3

Telegram from Lord Cairns (Board of Trade) to Lady Randolph Churchill congratulating her on the success of [the Woodstock by-election] and on her effective canvassing [on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
04 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/4

Telegram from Cranborne (Carlton Club, St James' [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill congratulating her [on the result of the Woodstock by-election which Lady Randolph canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
05 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/5

Letter from George Elliott (The American Rural Homes Company, Rochester, New York [United States]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that there is a great deal of local interest in the career of Lord Randolph Churchill, says that he wishes her success in [the Woodstock by-election which she canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph], and asks her whether she would be prepared to write an article on women's influence in British politics.

1 folio
29 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/45/6

Letter from Mark Bean, Honorary Secretary (The Constitutional Club, Hull [Yorkshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of a resolution in which the members expressed pleasure at Lord Randolph Churchill's appointment at Secretary of State for India and wished him success in the Woodstock by-election. Annotated "ackd 4.7.85".

1 folio
30 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/45/7-8

Letter from C E Parker-Rhodes (Senator House, Harewood Road, Merton, Surrey) to Lady Randolph Churchill marked "confidential (strictly)" informing her that Mr Donaldson-Hudson has said that he will resign his parliamentary seat if Lord Randolph Churchill is defeated in the Woodstock by-election. He says that if this is the case, he will stand as an Independent candidate in order to prevent Lord Randolph's opponent obtaining the lead. He encloses his calling-card. Annotated "ackd 4.7.85".

2 folios
02 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/9

Letter from C E Parker-Rhodes (Senator House, Harewood Road, Merton, Surrey) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he congratulates her on the result of the Woodstock by-election [which she canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph] and says that he intends to oppose [William] Gladstone's policy on trade and industries.

1 folio
06 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/10

Telegram from Sir Robert Peel (London) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he congratulates her [on the result of the Woodstock by-election] and says that the result is attributable to the work done by her and Lady Curzon [formerly Lady Georgiana Churchill, later Lady Howe].

1 folio
03 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/11

Letter from Cecil Paslieu, Ruling Councillor [of the Ladies' Branch of the Churchill Habitation of the Primrose League] (The Midland Press Limited, 33 Queen Street, Wolverhampton [West Midlands]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he thanks her on behalf of the Ladies' Branch of the Churchill Habitation of the Primrose League for agreeing to become branch president.

1 folio
29 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/45/12

Letter from Mrs James Davis, Dame of the Primrose League (Varna Road, Edgbaston [Birmingham]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing Lord Randolph Churchill success [as Secretary of State for India].

1 folio
02 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/13

Letter from Mrs James Davis, Dame of the Primrose League (Varna Road, Edgbaston [Birmingham]) to Lady Randolph Churchill wishing her success in canvassing for Lord Randolph Churchill at Woodstock success. Annotated "ackd 4.7.85".

1 folio
02 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/14

Telegram from The Edinburgh Habitation, Primrose League, 9 Castle Street [Edinburgh, Scotland]) to Lady Randolph Churchill congratulating her on the success of the [Woodstock by-election] and saying that the result is due to her exertions [she canvassed the election on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
03 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/15

Letter from Henry Bibin, Ruling Councillor of the Sunderland Habitation of the Primrose League (Sea View, Sunderland) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for telegraphing the result of the Woodstock by-election and congratulating her on the successful result [she canvassed the election on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
04 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/16

Letter from Robert Rolfe (25 Norfolk Road, Brighton [Sussex]) to Lady Randolph Churchill wishing Lord Randolph Churchill success in the Woodstock by-election and commenting that he will be "the man of the future". Annotated "ackd 4.7.85".

1 folio
02 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/17

Letter from H Shayler (Goton Fluee Habitation, Witney [Oxfordshire]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] inviting him to an annual dinner. Annotated "ackd 4.7.85 regrets".

1 folio
30 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/45/18

Letter from H W Stamper (Richmond [Virginia, United States]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that Lord Randolph's popularity in Virginia is partly due to her support and "wifely devotion", congratulates her on his success in the Woodstock by-election [which she canvassed on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill] and says that he admired her when she lived in New York [United States].

1 folio
03 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/19

Letter from W Taylor (238 Hyde Road, Manchester) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing an article from the Manchester Guardian [not present] concerning her support for Lord Randolph Churchill in the Woodstock by-election and advising that Lord Randolph should improve his manners if he wishes to win. Annotated "ackd 4.7.85".

1 folio
01 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/20

Letter from T Trevorwhite (The Salisbury Club, St James' Square [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill congratulating her on the [result of the Woodstock by-election] and on her "splendid efforts".

1 folio
03 Jul 1885
CHAR 28/45/21

Postcard from an un-named correspondent (Nottingham) to Lady Randolph Churchill saying that the Nottingham radicals and republicans will rejoice if [Lord Randolph Churchill] is defeated [at the Woodstock by-election] and comments that "It shows how thin-skinned the reptile must be if he takes the hump because of opposition" in view of his comments about [William] Gladstone and other leaders.

1 folio
30 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/45/22

Postcard from "A Working Man" (London) to Lady Randolph Churchill commenting on the "humiliating and unmanly position" of [Lord Randolph Churchill] having to send his wife to fight for his seat [at the Woodstock by-election] and on [Lord Randolph's] "vile language".

1 folio
02 Jul 1885