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CHAR 28/54 Acquired Papers. Letters to Lady Randolph Churchill from various correspondents. Includes material relating to Lord Randolph Churchill's expedition to South Africa in 1891 in search of gold (see also CHAR 28/11). All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/54/1

Letter from Arthur Balfour (Whittinghame, Prestonkirk [East Lothian, Scotland]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] recommending his publisher A P Watt and that WSC should receive royalties on the sales of his work.

1 folio
25 Dec 1897
CHAR 28/54/2

Letter from Arthur Balfour (4 Carlton Gardens [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a memorial of Lord Randolph [Churchill] and enclosing a photograph of himself [not present].

1 folio
[1898]
CHAR 28/54/3

Letter from Sir Bindon Blood (Camp Mingaora, Upper Swat [India]) to WSC in which he says that he has not been able to organise a billet for him and recommends that WSC should come to him as a press correspondent. He comments that the Army Head Quarters have the power to make all appointment except personal staff and observes "I have hardly managed to get any of my pals on my staff".

1 folio
22 Aug 1897
CHAR 28/54/4-5

Letter from Paul Bourget (Drummuie House, Golspie, Sutherland [Scotland]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he comments on her "adorable" letter; says that his life is not comparable to the excitement of the Cowes [regatta] and that the Duchess has gone to a shooting lodge; asks whether she has heard of a novel "Le pays de Cocogne" which his companion is reading; says that he has been reading an English novel; and discusses his plans to go to London and then to Paris [France].

2 folios
19 Aug 1897
CHAR 28/54/6

Letter from Paul Bourget (Drummuie House, Golspie, Sutherland [Scotland]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for her friendship towards him; asks whether [John S Churchill] has left and after the "slayer of wild beasts"; bids her to remember a rhyme about love; describes his surroundings and says that Madame Bourget would like to be remembered to her.

1 folio
27 Jul 1897
CHAR 28/54/7-8

Letter from John Brabazon (9 West Halkin Street [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he is ill and that he has written to [Sir Augustus] Fitzgeorge. He advises her to write to the Duke [of Cambridge](with whom he says he is angry) about [Lord] Randolph [Churchill's] wish that WSC should join the cavalry and a vacancy in the 4th Hussars.

2 folios
27 Jul 1897
CHAR 28/54/9

Part of a letter from John Brabazon (10 Wilton Crescent [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] enclosing a letter from General Redvers Buller [not present] speaking highly of WSC's conduct [with the Malakand Field Force]. He comments that Buller's tactics may result in more trouble [from the tribes on the Indian north west frontier] and says "personally I would destroy their crops, burn their villages and let them die of starvation".

1 folio
01 Nov [1897]
CHAR 28/54/10

Letter from George Buckle (64 Warwick Square [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that The Times has already made arrangements for correspondence from Sir Bindon Blood [about the Malakand Field Force] but any letters from WSC would receive "favourable consideration".

1 folio
10 Sep 1897
CHAR 28/54/11

Letter from General Sir Redvers Buller to Lady Randolph Churchill referring to a telegram [not present] from Sir [Henry] Drummond Wolff.

1 folio
05 Dec 1895
CHAR 28/54/12

Letter from [Lord Hartington, later 8th Duke of Devonshire] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for a gift and says that he will send her a cheque.

1 folio
28 Jul 1896
CHAR 28/54/13

Letter from "Bill" [William] Chamberlain (Tokyo [Japan]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has signed a book for her and arranged that she should not pay for it and advises her to visit the "evening lounge" before 8 o'clock.

1 folio
26 Sep [1896]
CHAR 28/54/14

Letter from Joseph Chamberlain (40 Prince's Gardens [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a copy of WSC's article on Cuba which he describes as "the best short account" he has seen.

1 folio
03 Mar 1896
CHAR 28/54/15

Letter from Charlotte, Hereditary Princess of ?Meissinger and Princess of Prussia (Palais Edinburg, Coburg [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a letter and a boa and assuring her that [Marie] Duchess [of Edinburgh] has not forgotten her.

1 folio
28 Aug 1891
CHAR 28/54/16

Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hong Kong) to the London and Westminster Bank informing them that Lady Randolph Churchill would like all Jerome payments transferred to his account.

1 folio
[1894]
CHAR 28/54/17

Letter from George [4th Lord Howe, earlier Lord Curzon] (Cannes [France]) to Lady Randolph Churchill expressing sympathy on the death of Lord Randolph Churchill and discussing the possibility that WSC may enter the 4th Hussars.

1 folio
06 Feb 1895
CHAR 28/54/18

Telegram from the Managing Director of the Daily Telegraph (London) to Lady Randolph Churchill discussing the terms on which WSC is to be their correspondent [with the Malakand Field Force].

1 folio
05 Oct 1897
CHAR 28/54/19-20

Letter from Maurice de Bunsen (British Legation, Bangkok [Thailand]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he enjoyed travelling with her and Lord Randolph Churchill, discusses his position as Consul-General in Siam [later Thailand] and his dealings with the Siamese ministers, describes the legation enclosure and comments on the natives' "filthy habit" of chewing betel nuts and asks after Lord Randolph.

2 folios
13 Nov 1894
CHAR 28/54/20A

Letter from Hermione [Duchess of Leinster, earlier Lady Hermione Duncombe] (Duncombe Park, Helmsley [Yorkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her sympathy on the death of Kildare [5th Duke of Leinster].

1 folio
12 Dec 1893
CHAR 28/54/20B

Letter from [Hermione ?Duchess of Leinster, earlier Lady Hermione Duncombe] (Duncombe Park, Helmsley [Yorkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for flowers.

1 folio
11 Jan 1894
CHAR 28/54/21

Letter from Gerald Fitzgibbon (10 Merrion Square, Dublin [Ireland]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he thanks her for a gift from Lord Randolph [Churchill].

1 folio
18 Feb 1895
CHAR 28/54/22-23

Letter from Gerald Fitzgibbon (University Club, Dublin [Ireland]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he reminisces on his friendship with Lord Randolph [Churchill]; discusses Lord Randolph's humour as demonstrated in his public and parliamentary speeches, including a speech he delivered at Trinity College, Dublin; and comments on social occasions with Lord Randolph in Ireland.

2 folios
06 Feb 1896
CHAR 28/54/24

Telegram from Clara [Jerome] (Tunbridge Wells [Kent]) to Lady Randolph Churchill wishing her a happy birthday.

1 folio
09 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/25-W25

Letter from William Gladstone (Hawarden [Castle, Chester, Cheshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he thanks her for her letter and comments on [Lord Randolph Churchill's] "distinguished" career and his pleasure in paying him tribute. Envelope present.

2 folios
10 Apr 1897
CHAR 28/54/26

Letter from [1st Lord] Goschen (Seacox Heath, Hawkhurst [Kent]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sympathy and anxiety about [Lord Randolph Churchill's] health".

1 folio
22 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/27

Letter from Rebecca (Cumberland Lodge, Windsor [Berkshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sympathy on the death of [Lord Randolph Churchill] on behalf of the princesses.

1 folio
26 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/28

Letter from [?] Irving (15a ? Grafton Street) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sympathy on the death of [Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
24 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/29

Letter from [?] Jones (2 Holland Park Road [London] on the notepaper of the Athenaeum Club) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sympathy on the death of [Lord Randolph Churchill] and regret that he is unable to attend the funeral.

1 folio
28 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/30

Telegram from [Clara Jerome] (Claverely, Tunbridge Wells [Kent]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] wishing her a happy birthday.

1 folio
09 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/31

Letter from [Sir] Herbert Kitchener (Head Quarters, Frontier Force, Dongola [Sudan]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he will note [WSC's] name for special service, recommends that he should apply to join the Egyptian Army and says that he will include his name on the list for the cavalry.

1 folio
30 Dec [1896]
CHAR 28/54/32

Letter from Charlotte Knollys [Bedchamber Woman to the Princess of Wales] (The Winter Palace, St Petersberg [Russia]) to Lord Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks him on behalf of [Alexandra] Princess [of Wales, later Queen Alexandra] for expressing sympathy on the death of the Emperor, says that she hopes that his journey has improved his health and discusses the effect of the Emperor's death on the Empress.

1 folio
06 Dec 1894
CHAR 28/54/33

Letter from [Prince] Metternich to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has been unable to obtain a libretto and that he is going to return to Austria.

1 folio
30 Jul 1891
CHAR 28/54/34

Telegram from Milan [King of Serbia](Belgrade [Serbia]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill]. Torn in half.

1 folio
c 1895
CHAR 28/54/35

Telegram from Milan [King of Serbia](Regent Street [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] wishing her a happy new year.

1 folio
c 1895
CHAR 28/54/36

Card from John Morley (95 Elm Park Gardens, South Kensington [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] accepting an invitation to lunch.

1 folio
03 May 1896
CHAR 28/54/37

Letter from John Morley (95 Elm Park Gardens, South Kensington [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] introducing Frederick Lamond.

1 folio
12 May 1897
CHAR 28/54/38

Letter from John Morley (95 Elm Park Gardens, South Kensington [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that he has given a letter of introduction to Frederick Lamond.

1 folio
12 May 1897
CHAR 28/54/39

Letter from Prince Louis of Battenberg [later Lord Milford Haven] (HMS Cambrian, Villefranche [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to dinner with [Albert Edward] Prince of Wales.

1 folio
26 Mar 1897
CHAR 28/54/40

Letter from [Ignace] Paderewski (94 Avenue Victor Hugo [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing sympathy on the death of [Lord Randolph Churchill].

1 folio
08 Feb 1895
CHAR 28/54/41

Letter from [Ignace] Paderewski (94 Avenue Victor Hugo [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] accepting an invitation.

1 folio
14 Mar 1895
CHAR 28/54/42

Letter from Helene [Princess d'Orleans](27 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for a present.

1 folio
02 Jun 1895
CHAR 28/54/43

Telegram from Isabel[le, Comtesse de Paris] (27 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing sympathy on the death of [Leonard Jerome].

1 folio
11 Mar 1891
CHAR 28/54/44

Letter from Isabelle, Comtesse de Paris (Stowe House, Buckingham) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to meet some friends from France.

1 folio
20 Jun 1891
CHAR 28/54/45

Letter from Isabelle, Comtesse de Paris, to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to the theatre.

1 folio
27 Jun 1893
CHAR 28/54/46

Letter from [Henry, 5th Lord] Lansdowne [Secretary of State for War](War Office) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he informs her that Sir Frederick Carrington is managing operations in South Africa and that the War Office is not able to find an appointment for WSC and suggests that WSC should leave the country during the enquiry concerning the 4th Hussars.

1 folio
03 Jul 1896
CHAR 28/54/47

Letter from Dr Thomas Buzzard and Dr Robson Roose (74 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill recording their objection to Lord Randolph Churchill's journey to the United States and suggesting that he should return in the event of "any fresh symptom pointing possibly to disturbance of the Mental faculties".

1 folio
25 Jun 1894
CHAR 28/54/48

Letter from [1st Lord Rothschild] (The Durdans, Epsom [Surrey]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] thanking her for her note.

1 folio
14 Mar 1895
CHAR 28/54/49

Letter from [1st Lord Rothschild] (38 Berkeley Square [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that he is engaged for dinner on the following day as he distrusts "the treacherous influence of this spurious Spring".

1 folio
18 Feb 1896
CHAR 28/54/50

Letter from [1st Lord Rothschild] (Tring Park, Tring [Hertfordshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he is engaged with a party for a point to point.

1 folio
23 Feb 1896
CHAR 28/54/51-52

Letter from Captain Ronald Kincaid-Smith (4 (The Queen's Own) Hussars, Bangalore [India]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that WSC has gone to the frontier. He says that he hopes WSC will get his medal and that he has been amused by WSC, advises her to visit India, comments on the engagement of one of the members of the regiment and on the advantages of Reuters telegrams.

2 folios
30 Aug [1897]
CHAR 28/54/53

Letter from Emily Swayne (3 Lawn Terrace, Hartington Road, Devizes Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she refers to some needlework which she sent her and says that she does such work to support her family.

1 folio
31 Jan 1895
CHAR 28/54/54

Letter from [William] Le Poer Trench (Tokio [Tokyo, Japan]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he wishes that Lord Randolph [Churchill] had remained in Japan, reports that there has been an earthquake and says that her "commission" will be performed by Captain Brinkley.

1 folio
18 Oct 1894
CHAR 28/54/55

Letter from [William] Le Poer Trench (British Legation [Japan]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] advising her of ships which sail via Peking [later Beijing, China], and enclosing a list of mails [not present] and referring to an attached newspaper cutting.

1 folio
27 Sep [1894]
CHAR 28/54/56

Letter from G Samoniya (Imperial Palace [Japan]) to [William Le Poer Trench] arranging an audience with the emperor for Lady Randolph Churchill and describing the clothes which Lady Randolph should wear.

1 folio
21 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/54/57

Letter from G Samoniya (Imperial Palace [Japan]) to [William Le Poer Trench] informing him that the emperor will not be able to receive Lady Randolph Churchill on the date arranged.

1 folio
24 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/54/58-59

Letter from G Samoniya (Imperial Palace [Japan]) to [William Le Poer] Trench enclosing a letter of permission from the emperor [not present] allowing Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill to see the inside of the Nikko temple. Envelope present.

2 folios
29 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/54/60

Letter from G Samoniya ([Imperial Palace, Japan]) to [William Le Poer Trench] expressing regret on behalf of the empress that she has been unable to receive Lady Randolph Churchill and enclosing letters of permission [not present] to permit Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill to visit various places.

1 folio
05 Oct 1894
CHAR 28/54/61

Letter from Gwynydd Williams [secretary to Lord Randolph Churchill] (Government House, Cape Town [South Africa]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] is writing to her so he will not write about the poor conditions and food on the boat and reassures her that [Lord Randolph's] health is good except for a sore throat.

1 folio
18 May 1891
CHAR 28/54/62

Letter from Gwynydd Williams [secretary to Lord Randolph Churchill] (Johannesburg [South Africa]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she reassures her about [Lord] Randolph [Churchill's] health, describes his dislike of Boer food and says that they are staying with [Alfred] Beit.

1 folio
06 Jun [1891]
CHAR 28/54/63-64

Letter from Gwynydd Williams [secretary to Lord Randolph Churchill] (Johannesburg [South Africa]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she has been on a shooting party with [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] which he has described in an article for the D[aily] G[raphic] and describes their experiences.

2 folios
26 Jun [1891]
CHAR 28/54/65

Letter from Gwynydd Williams [secretary to Lord Randolph Churchill] ([South Africa]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] is well and that their inspection of gold fields has been disappointing and that he fears that the expedition may be a financial failure.

1 folio
01 Apr [1891]
CHAR 28/54/66

Letter from R B Lane (War Office, London) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that [1st] Lord Wolseley has asked him to write and inform her that WSC should request permission from the Colonel in charge of the 4th Hussars to obtain leave to go to South Africa.

1 folio
11 Aug 1896
CHAR 28/54/67

Letter from [Charles] d' Epinay ([Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] illustrated with a drawing of the "white prince", a white haired gentleman wearing a monocle, in which promises to send her two photographs of his work for [Gordon] Bennett.

1 folio
10 Sep 1895
CHAR 28/54/68

Letter from [Charles] d' Epinay (26 Avenue Wagram [Paris, France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which he says that he has just returned from the United States; that his daughter has painted four portraits of great American beauties; asks her to tell him if she is visiting Paris; and says that he has sent a photograph of one of the statues which he has executed to Ellis.

1 folio
25 Sep 1896
CHAR 28/54/69

Letter from an unidentifiable correspondent [3, Rue de L'Abbeye [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he would like to see her and asks her to let him know if she is able to come to the abbey.

1 folio
12 Feb 1897
CHAR 28/54/70-71

Letter from Hugh Rayner (Dixon's Hotel, Mafeking [South Africa]) to Lord Randolph [Churchill] in which he describes various uncomfortable journeys he has taken and the places he has stayed in at Kimberley and Vryburg. He explains that he was not able to inspect the de Beers mines; that he has recommended that the under chef and a servant boy should not continue with the expedition; and reports that the expedition has been described as well-organised.

2 folios
23 May 1891
CHAR 28/54/72

Part of a letter from Aunt [?] Kali (33 West 19th Street [New York, United States]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she wishes that she were able to see [Clara Jerome] more frequently.

1 folio
29 May 1893
CHAR 28/54/73

Telegram from Helen (Berlin [Germany]) to Lady Randolph Churchill sending her and Clara [Frewen, earlier Clara Jerome] best wishes.

1 folio
01 Jan 1895