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CHAR 28/83 Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes letters congratulating her on her divorce from George Cornwallis West. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/83/1

Letter from [1st] Lord Sandhurst (The Lord Chamberlain) to Francis [Lord Knollys] informing him that it is possible for a Lady to revert to the name of her previous husband by deed poll. Covering letter at CHAR 28/83/2.

1 folio
26 Jan 1913
CHAR 28/83/2

Letter from [Lord] Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V](Windsor Castle] to WSC enclosing a letter from [1st] Lord Sandhurst [see CHAR 28/83/1] and informing him that the King approves of Mrs Cornwallis West reverting to the name of Lady Randolph Churchill.

1 folio
24 Jan 1913
CHAR 28/83/3

Letter from F E [Smith, later Lord Birkenhead](70 Eccleston Square [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" in which he thanks her for agreeing to give evidence in "the Earl's Court case" and says that he will make sure that she is not kept waiting at the Court.

1 folio
11 Feb 1913
CHAR 28/83/4

Letter from F E [Smith, later Lord Birkenhead](70 Eccleston Square [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that her case [her divorce from George Cornwallis West] would not have attracted attention but for public interest in her personality and wishes her success with her play ["The Bill"].

1 folio
14 Mar 1913
CHAR 28/83/5-6

Letter from Edward Gallagher (1525 Womrath Street, Frankford, Philadelphia, United States) to Mrs George Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing shares held in the Lower California Company by Leonard Jerome and their possible value to his heirs.

2 folios
04 Mar 1913
CHAR 28/83/7

Letter from [the Duke of] Portland (Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottinghamshire) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing hotels.

1 folio
06 Mar 1913
CHAR 28/83/8

Letter from [Lord] Curzon [of Kedleston](Hackwood, Basingstoke [Hampshire]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her whether she would be prepared to become a steward to a fund.

1 folio
29 Mar 1913
CHAR 28/83/9

Card from "C" [Lord Curzon of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her and says that he hopes that her "troubles" will soon be over [a reference to her divorce from George Cornwallis West].

1 folio
05 Apr 1913
CHAR 28/83/10

Letter from Millicent [Duchess of] Sutherland (Hook Hill, Woking [Surrey]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing a trip to the opera and recommending a play.

1 folio
20 Apr 1913
CHAR 28/83/11

Letter from John Bernard Seely [John Seely, later 1st Lord Mottistone](War Office, Whitehall) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will try to help her.

1 folio
21 Apr 1913
CHAR 28/83/12

Copy of a letter from Jennie C West [Lady Randolph Churchill] (2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to [Queen Alexandra] thanking her for giving her her "former &respected name" and explaining that she will begin to use it formally as [WSC and John S Churchill] prefer it. In the hand of Lady Randolph Churchill.

1 folio
27 Apr 1913
CHAR 28/83/13-14

Letter from Hilda Hewlett (7 Northwick Terrace [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] outlining her son's career and his failure to be appointed to a position commensurate with his flying experience. She says that she would be grateful if [Lady Randolph] would use her influence to ensure that the case is brought before the authorities.

2 folios
20 Apr 1913
CHAR 28/83/15

Letter from an unidentified correspondent (The Era, 5 Tavistock Street, Strand, London) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a book [not present] and assuring her that he was not offended when interviewing her about the National Theatre.

1 folio
05 May 1913
CHAR 28/83/16

Letter from N W Diggle (Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that the items which she ordered from Malta are ready to be shipped to England; discusses his return to England; says that he hopes that they will be able to visit Albania and Greece and discusses a meeting with Abdul-Aziz, the ex- Sultan of Morocco.

1 folio
27 Jun [1913]
CHAR 28/83/17

Letter from Edith Wharton (26 St James' Place [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for some papers and expressing sympathy for her "troubles" with [George] Cornwallis [West].

1 folio
28 Jun 1913
CHAR 28/83/18

Letter from [3rd Lord] Sackville (34 Hill Street, Berkeley Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he agrees to continue as guarantor of her loan, thanks her for her congratulations, commenting "it has been an unpleasant business but so much mud had been thrown that it was necessary to face it" and expresses sympathy for her "troubles" [with George Cornwallis West].

1 folio
09 Jul 1913
CHAR 28/83/19

Letter from Victoria (Knowle, Sevenoaks [Kent]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing sympathy [over her divorce from George Cornwallis West].

1 folio
15 Jul [1913]
CHAR 28/83/20

Card from Henri [Marquis de Breteuil](Bevilliers-Breteuil, Chevreuse, Seine et Oise [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing relief at the news [of her divorce from George Cornwallis West] and commenting that [WSC and John S Churchill] must be relieved.

1 folio
16 Jul [1913]
CHAR 28/83/21

Letter from an unidentified correspondent (Quenby Hall, Leicester) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] congratulating her on her bravery and absence of bitterness [over her divorce from George Cornwallis West].

1 folio
16 Jul [1913]
CHAR 28/83/22

Letter from Hubert Cox (Manor Cottage, Old Windsor [Berkshire]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] congratulating her [on her divorce from George Cornwallis West].

1 folio
19 Jul [1913]
CHAR 28/83/23

Postcard from Josef Stachal (Berlin [Germany]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he reminisces about a journey to Switzerland with her.

1 folio
30 Jul 1913
CHAR 28/83/24-25

Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn](Bagshot Park [Surrey]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for sending him a wedding present. Envelope present.

2 folios
[Jul] 1913
CHAR 28/83/26

Card from "Millie" [Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland](Torquay [Devon]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and commenting on the sadness of life.

1 folio
01 Aug 1913
CHAR 28/83/27-28

Letter from [9th Lord] Shaftesbury (H M Yacht Victoria and Albert) to Lady Randolph Churchill referring her to a letter by him in the Times in which he suggested that there should be a National Theatre for opera and drama, discussing the combination of the two schools and asking for her opinion.

2 folios
03 Aug 1913
CHAR 28/83/29

Letter from D Geoghegan (Collingwood East, Vancouver, British Columbia [Canada]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he describes himself as a "devoted admirer" of her and says that he would like to meet her.

1 folio
13 Aug 1913
CHAR 28/83/30

Card from Henri [Marquis de Breteuil](Bevilliers-Breteuil, Chevreuse, Seine et Oise [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to see her and discusses the effect of heavy rain on the roads.

1 folio
06 Nov [1913]
CHAR 28/83/31

Letter from Edward Marsh [Private Secretary to WSC] (Admiralty, Whitehall [London]) to "B M" [Lady Randolph Churchill], explaining that the address of a Lieutenant Vyvyen Drury which she had sent to him had been lost, adding that the Admiralty could not take Drury on, as the War Office could not spare him, and asking Lady Randolph to let Drury know.

1 folio
13 Dec 1913
CHAR 28/83/32

Card from H [Marquis de Breteuil](Bevilliers-Breteuil, Chevreuse, Seine et Oise [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to see her and saying her that he enjoyed reading a speech by WSC.

1 folio
[1913]
CHAR 28/83/33

Letter from Edmund Wheater [business partner to George Cornwallis West] (Springfield, Northaw, Potters Bar [Hertfordshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he discusses business and financial affairs, commenting "George does very little in the way he should and much in the way best left undone", and promises that he will inform her of anything which may help her [with her divorce from George].

1 folio
[1913]
CHAR 28/83/34

Letter from Bendor [Hugh, 2nd Duke of Westminster](Hotel Lotti, 7 and 9 Rue de Castiglione, Paris [France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses plans to have dinner with her, [4th] Lord Ribblesdale and Percy Wyndham and says that he would like to see her.

1 folio
[1913]
CHAR 28/83/35-36

Notes about the life and paintings of J Beaufair Irving, whose works included one for Leonard Jerome entitled "Disclosure". Annotated "picture". Includes envelope annotated "1. Letter re shares - Leonard Jerome. 2. List of pictures by American artist who painted child-picture.".

2 folios
[1913]