Acquired Papers: Letters from WSC to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes material relating to his time at Harrow school and his objections to being sent to France to improve his French. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/16

Part of: CHAR 28
Next record: CHAR 28/17
Previous record: CHAR 28/15

Date: 1888 - 1891

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CHAR 28/16/1 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send him money for subscriptions as "you promised I should not be different to others" and informing her of his position in class. [Apr] [1888]
CHAR 28/16/2-3 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his progress at school, (including in mathematics in which he is studying stocks), a "Sale by Auction" and a paper chase and says that he hopes she is enjoying her "spree on the continong [continent]". [03] [Feb] [1888]
CHAR 28/16/4 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill] asking him to write to [James] Welldon concerning his school house and describing a "sham fight" with other schools. [27] [Mar] [1889]
CHAR 28/16/5 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his disappointment that she did not come to visit him and asks her to visit him on the next day. [11] [Jun] [1889]
CHAR 28/16/6 Letter from WSC (Reverend [James] Welldon's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for speech day and the areas of the school which he could show his father. [02] [Jul] [1889]
CHAR 28/16/7 Letter from WSC (Reverend [James] Welldon's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to persuade [Lord Randolph Churchill] to attend speech day and to allow [Elizabeth] Everest to visit him. [02] [Jul] [1889]
CHAR 28/16/8-9 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] reproaching her for forgetting him, asking her to send him money, to arrange an appointment with the oculist, and to sign a form permitting him to begin fencing. [05] [Oct] [1889]
CHAR 28/16/10 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe arrival and promising to write again. [16] [Jan] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/11 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill] informing his father that he has secured his remove. [Jan] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/12 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has secured his remove and thanking her for sending him oranges. [16] [Feb] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/13 Letter from "Winny" [WSC] (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Woom" [Elizabeth Everest] informing her of his safe arrival and detailing the clothes he has ordered. [Feb] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/14 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] promising to give up smoking for six months, reporting that "Jack" [John S Churchill] is "very low" and describing the decoration of his room. Illustrated with drawings of Harrow school boys and uniform. [21] [Sep] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/15-16 Letter from "Winny" [WSC] ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he has been working very hard and details his hopes for success in individual subjects and comments that he is "afraid some enemy hath sown tares in your mind". [Nov] [1890]
CHAR 28/16/17 Letter from WSC ([Banstead Manor, Newmarket, Suffolk]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the number of rabbits he has "slaughtered" and the cold weather. [01] [Jan] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/18-20 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is sorry that she could not visit him, asks her to allow [Elizabeth] Everest to bring him ornaments, details the "'oof'" [money] he has spent on furnishing his room and money which he owes, and asks her to send him a P[ost] O[ffice] O[rder] and to ask [James] Welldon to allow him to visit [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough]. [Jan] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/21 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses relief about the health of [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough], says that he is looking forward to seeing [Lord Randolph Churchill] and advises her not to make herself ill with worry. [02] Feb [1891]
CHAR 28/16/22 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] complaining of toothache and informing her that he has secured his remove and become "Head of the Fags". [26] [Apr] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/23 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] complaining of toothache and requesting that she should send him money to travel to an appointment with the dentist as he has paid his debts and given up betting. [Apr] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/24 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that his toothache has gone, asking after "poor Grandmamma Duchess" [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] and requesting that she should send him money for subscriptions Annotated "Hurrah for Nunthorpe" [a racehorse which had won the Great Jubilee Stakes at Kempton Park races]. [10] [May] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/25 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has been in the "deuce of a row" for breaking factory windows and asking her to send him money as he is "absolutely 'oofless'". [19] [May] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/26 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy"[Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her that his [toothache] has got better, asks about the health of various animals and says that [Elizabeth] Everest has sent him a hamper. [11] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/27 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her of the date of his dentist's appointment and asks her to accompany him. [13] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/28 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her that he has had his tooth taken out and asks her to send him money. [19] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/29 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to meet him and to send him money to pay a "bicycle debt" and to repair [factory] windows which he had smashed. [21] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/30 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send him money. [25] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/31 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he was not disappointed at not seeing her on Saturday, that he hopes to be permitted to attend her concert and that he has copied a letter from [Lord Randolph Churchill] for "Jack" [John S Churchill]. [29] [Jun] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/32-33 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he entreats her to allow him to go to Lords cricket ground. [03] [Jul] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/34-35 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning [James] Welldon's proposal that WSC should spend part of his holidays in France. WSC says that [Lord Randolph Churchill] considers the plan "utter nonsense" and argues that he should not be made to go to "a filthy den". In a postscript he comments "I feel less keen about the army every day. I think the church would suit me much better" and bids her to ask Count Kinsky about fireworks. [14] [Jul] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/36 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he asks her to write [concerning James Welldon's proposal that WSC should spend part of his holidays in France] and to send him some money, and reports that he has been made a Lance Corporal. [19] [Jul] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/37 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is looking forward to returning home and asks her to make arrangements for shooting at Banstead [Manor, Newmarket, Suffolk]. [Jul] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/38-39 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that [James] Welldon would like her to write to him to explain why WSC did not return to school until Thursday and asks her not to mention the theatre in her letter to Welldon. [19] [Sep] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/40 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has settled down well and that he has been permitted to study Chemistry instead of German and asking her to send him money. [22] [Sep] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/41 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send him details of an appointment. [Sep] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/42 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses purchasing a bull dog, asks her to make a doctor's appointment for him and to write to [James] Welldon to thank him for arranging private lessons for him. [Sep] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/43 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send him money and informing her that he is going to see "Jack" [John S Churchill]. [Oct] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/44 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to reimburse him for money spent on a visit to the doctor's and detailing what he has spent. [Oct] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/45 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that the money he had requested had been spent on journeys to [London] and defends his request to be sent ducks from Banstead [Manor, Newmarket, Suffolk] and asks her not to be "wrothful without cause". [Oct] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/46 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has visited "Jack" [John S Churchill] and asks her to allow them to attend the wedding of [Lady] Sarah [Churchill, later Sarah Wilson to Gordon Wilson], not to send him to a French family for his holidays and to send him some "filthy lucre" [money]. [Nov] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/47 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for sending him money, asks her to allow him to attend the wedding of [Lady Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Wilson to Gordon Wilson] and begs her not to make him spend his holidays with a "nasty, fusty and beastly" French family. [Nov] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/48 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that Thursday is a holiday and asks her to write to him. [Nov] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/49 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe return, asking her to allow [Elizabeth] Everest and "Jack" [John S Churchill] to visit him, and commenting on his bad luck in being obliged to leave [the wedding of Lady Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Wilson to Gordon Wilson] when he was "making an impression on the pretty Miss Weaslet". [20] [Nov] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/50 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her not to send him to Paris [France] before Christmas warning her that if she does "the holidays will be one continual battle". [06] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/51 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the possibility that she might send him to Paris [France] before Christmas, asking her to consider his happiness "There are other and higher things in this world than learning, more powerful agents than the Civil Service Commissioners". [09] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/52 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the possibility that she might send him to Paris [France] before Christmas. He asks her to write to [James] Welldon concerning the date he may return home commenting "Welldon; he is the cause of all my misfortunes" and on arrangements made with Baron [Moritz] H[irsch] "I expect this little French brute will spoil it all". [13] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/53-54 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning her refusal to read his letter [see CHAR 28/16/52] on which he comments "I expect you were too busy with your parties and arrangements for Christmas". He discusses arrangements for her to meet "the Frenchman" and says that if she does not read his letter that he will not write to her in future. [16] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/55 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her not to be unkind and to answer his letter and inform him about "the Frenchman". [17] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/56 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that [James] Welldon has given his permission for WSC to go home for Sunday and begging her to let him have additional days at home and not to be angry with his "silly letters". [Nov] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/57-58 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing Christmas day, discussing plans to see Baron [Moritz] Hirsch, the Marquis de Breteuil and [W H] Trafford, reminding her that she promised to allow him an extra week's holiday and saying that he is counting the hours until he returns home. [27] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/59-60 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] reproaching her for not writing to him and for forgetting him. Includes a card wishing her a happy new year illustrated with an ink drawing of a woman holding a menu. [29] [Dec] [1891]
CHAR 28/16/61 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] thanking him for his letter and refusing his offer of money and describing toy soldiers which he has seen at the "Bon Marche". [Jan] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/62 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her telegram, asking about arrangements for his return home and requesting that she should send his love to "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill]. [08] [Jan] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/63 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing a visit to a morgue with Baron [Moritz] Hirsch and reminding her of her promise [to allow him an extra week's holiday]. [14] [Jan] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/64 Letter from WSC ([Versailles, France]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he promises to send her a copy of the Harrovian which includes a "very feeble" reply to his letter and thanks her (in French) for sending him 50 francs and comments that her letter was "foudrayante et inouie [devastating and unexpected]". [Jan] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/65 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and for sending him money, commenting (in French) on the cold weather and reporting that he has received a letter from [Sir] Henry [Drummond] Wolff. [Feb] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/66 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for appointments at the dentist and the oculist. He also says that he considered [Lord Randolph Churchill's] recent speech excellent and that he has seen [1st Lord] Rothschild, and promises to send her a copy of the Harrovian which he hopes will include a letter from Junius [Junior, a name under which WSC wrote to the Harrovian]. [28] [Feb] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/67 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is "terrified" at the news that her purse has been stolen as he needs more money, bids her to invest her money in him rather than gambling and promises to send her a copy of the Harrovian containing a letter from him. [16] [Mar] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/68 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send his birth and Preliminary Examination certificates to the military secretary and reporting that he is working hard. [08] [May] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/69 Letter from WSC (Harrow on the Hill [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send his Preliminary [Examination] certificate to the military secretary as soon as possible. [12] [May] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/70 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has settled down and that his room is "simply magnificent", informs her that he has secured his remove and that "Jack" [John S Churchill] "is getting on capitally". [Sep] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/71 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to attend Founders' day, reporting that he has seen Mrs [Norah] Stirling, [Reginald Stirling] and [Nathaniel] Rothschild and that "Jack" [John S Churchill] is getting on well. [12] [Oct] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/72 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex] on the notepaper of Banstead Manor, Newmarket, Suffolk) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has arrived safely, that he has written to "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill] who he hopes will not continue to be angry and that he hopes that she will feel better soon. 03 Nov [1892]
CHAR 28/16/73 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to Leonie [Leslie, formerly Leonie Jerome] in which he says that he has arrived safely, asks her whether she liked Drury Lane and says that "Jack" [John S Churchill] is well. [03] [Nov] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/74 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex] on the notepaper of Banstead Manor, Newmarket) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send a telegram to ensure that "Jack" [John S Churchill] will be able to have a day's leave. [16] [Nov] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/75-76 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex] on the notepaper of Banstead Manor, Newmarket) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has arrived safely, hopes that she is feeling better and encloses a form which he asks her to sign permitting him to have a new suit and to have photographs taken. [21] [Nov] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/77-78 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex] on the notepaper of Banstead Manor, Newmarket) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises that he has not had the time to write as he has been busy with the "assault at arms", informs her that he is depressed that the examinations have finished and encloses an account of his necessary end of term expenses. Envelope present which includes a note "Mind and come on Thursday and slang me and kiss me Mummy". [Dec] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/79 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to come and visit him on Thursday and suggesting that they should go to the King's Head for lunch. The letter "M" at the start of the letter is composed of an illustration depicting a boy kicking a football. [Nov] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/80 Letter from WSC ([Harrow School, Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to come and visit him on Thursday. [Nov] [1892]
CHAR 28/16/81 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to come and visit him. [1892]
CHAR 28/16/82 Letter from WSC (The Head Master's, Harrow School [Middlesex]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to come and visit him and to see [James] Welldon. [1892]