Letters from WSC to Lady Randolph Churchill. Several letters relate to the publication of WSC's first book "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" and the file also contains newspaper cuttings of reviews of the work. The file also contains material relating to the Tirah Expeditionary force and the majority of items date between January and April 1898. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/24

Part of: CHAR 28
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Date: Jan 1898 - Jan 1899

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CHAR 28/24/1 Letter from Patrick Jeffreys (Camp Katlang [India]) to WSC informing him that he was mentioned in reports by Colonel Golding, and that he has also recommended WSC for his conduct in battle Covering letter at CHAR 28/24/26-28. 10 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/2-10 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing corrections [CHAR 28/24/6-9] to ["The Story of The Malakand Field Force"] and discussing illustrations and the publication his book. Other subjects include: the meanness of the D[aily] T[elegraph]; the necessity of travelling with an escort; the death of Sir Henry Havelock-Allen; and the Simla [authorities'] refusal to allow him to join Sir Bindon Blood. He asks her to use her influence to secure his posting to Egypt with Sir Herbert Kitchener, reports that he has dislocated his shoulder at polo and discusses the progress of the Tirah campaign. Envelope present. 05 Jan [1898]
CHAR 28/24/11-12 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to use her influence to secure his posting to Egypt and begging her to "have no scruples" and reporting that he has written to Lady [Mary] Jeune and to Bimbash Stewart on the subject. Envelope present. 06 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/13-16 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he is travelling to Calcutta to try and secure an appointment with the Tirah Field Force. He asks her to ask [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] to write to Sir William Lockhart on his behalf, discusses the meanness of the D[aily] T[elegraph], asks her to use her influence to secure his posting to Egypt, speculates on the fragility of life and the future career of "Jack" [John S Churchill]. In a postscript he discusses the speeches of [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston] on India. Envelope present. 10 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/17 Letter from WSC ("In the train" [to Calcutta, India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has written to [John] Brabazon to ask to be attached to the 21st Lancers to join them in Egypt and that he hopes to join the spring campaign Pencil. 13 Jan [1898]
CHAR 28/24/18-19 Corrections and instructions regarding the publication of ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]. [Jan] [1898]
CHAR 28/24/20-25 Letter from WSC (Raichur [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of his visit to Calcutta; the possibility that he might be posted to Egypt; the progress of the Tirah expedition contrasted with a campaign led by Sir Bindon Blood in the Swat valley; the dangers of using "boy soldiers"; her efforts to secure a posting for him to Egypt; his regret that "Jack" [John S Churchill] will not be able to study at Oxford [university]; his intention to read before resuming work on his novel ["Savrola"]; and instructions regarding ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] particularly the necessity of verifying his quotations. Envelope present. 19 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/26-29 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of the publication [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]; his political ambition and intention to send her an election address which he describes as "very 'blood and thunder'"; hopes that she will approve of his book; his poor opinion of the script of some "theatricals"; and speculation on the possibility of serving in Egypt and obtaining glory. He also encloses a letter from General [Patrick] Jeffreys [see CHAR 28/24/1]. Envelope present. 26 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/30-32 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including discussion of financial affairs, their extravagance and lack of money and the possibility of transferring to a regiment which would enable him to pursue a parliamentary career. Envelope present. 28 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/33-35 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing financial affairs, his acceptance of liability for a loan provided the amount is shared with "Jack" [John S Churchill], and her extravagance. Envelope present. 30 Jan 1898
CHAR 28/24/36 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his hopes for "better fortunes" in the future although he says he does not intend to marry yet. He describes his work drawing maps, discusses the publication [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] and his anxiousness about its reception and informs her that he has decided to go to Egypt as a correspondent during his leave. 02 Feb 1898
CHAR 28/24/37-39 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the publication [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] and his hope that Moreton Frewen will agree to revise the proofs. He also informs her of his intention to try and join the Tirah expeditionary force after a polo tournament, says that he hopes [1st] Lord Roberts has used his influence on his behalf and includes a quote from Schopenhauer. Envelope present. 09 Feb 1898
CHAR 28/24/40-41 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has received a "long and charming" letter from [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales], thanks her for going to Egypt on his behalf, discusses plans to join the Tirah expeditionary force and the publication [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"], his reservations about financial affairs and the refusal of [1st] Lord Roberts [to help secure WSC a posting to Egypt]. 16 Feb 1898
CHAR 28/24/42-43 Letter from WSC (c/o Sir Bindon Blood, Meerut [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the publication [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] and his hopes that it will be published before Lord Fincastle's book; describes his hosts; expresses his hopes that she has secured his posting to Egypt and that General [Ian] Hamilton may be able to involve him with the Tirah Expeditionary Force; and discusses the progress of his novel ["Savrola"] which he describes as "destitute of...squalor and animal emotions". 25 Feb [1898]
CHAR 28/24/44 Letter from WSC (Meerut [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he did not write articles in the Pioneer, but criticises the Indian bureaucracy for "jobbery" and the mismanagement of the Tirah campaign. He discusses ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"], says that he has been disappointed on re-reading the manuscript and reports that his team was defeated in the polo tournament. 03 Mar 1898
CHAR 28/24/45-46 Letter from WSC (Camp Ali Musjid, Khyber Pass [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that he has been employed as orderly officer to Sir William Lockhart and that he has been assisted by Captain [Aylmer] Haldane and observes that the relations with the tribes are "pacific". 07 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/47-48 Letter from WSC (Camp Barkai, Bara Valley [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he is visiting General [Ian] Hamilton; discussing his hopes to be involved with fighting; and apologising for writing a short letter "I have no tent or anything at all and have ridden all day." Envelope present. 15 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/49-53 Letter from WSC (Camp Peshawar [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: financial affairs about which he comments "I shudder...when I contemplate the abyss into which we are sinking"; thanks for her help with his book ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]; description of the surrounding tribes and illustration of their position with a diagram; encouragement for her "Egyptian effort" [to secure him a position]; speculation on the possibility of serious fighting in Egypt and the advantages of having [joined the Tirah Expeditionary Force]. Envelope present. 18 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/54-57 Letter from WSC (Peshawar [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his disappointment at receiving the proofs [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] and the "gross solecisms and fearful blunders" contained therein and hopes that he may be able to delay its publication. He gives examples of mistakes, misprints and alterations by Moreton Frewen which he fears will make him (WSC) appear "shallow - ill educated - slovenly". Envelope present. 22 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/58-64 Letter from WSC to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he lists some of the mistakes he has noticed in the proofs [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"], describes his objections to alterations made by Moreton Frewen and says that he hopes that the mistakes have not been printed in the final version. Envelope present. [Mar] [1898]
CHAR 28/24/65-67 Letter from WSC (Peshawar [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs, expresses relief that "Jack" [John S Churchill] will be jointly liable for a loan which she is taking, asks her to reply to his letters, and makes observations on relations with the tribes which make it likely that there will be no fighting. Includes envelope. 27 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/68-73 Letter from WSC (Mamani, Barah Valley [India]) to Lord Charles Beresford in which he discusses criticism of the Tirah campaign. He describes the extensive press coverage of events; the criticism in England of public servants who serve in India; the acceptance of all reports from the frontier; the criticism by some soldiers serving in India of their senior officers; a "higher mood" which also exists in the army which is evidenced by the example of bravery of demonstrated by James Clow; and features of mountain warfare. 30 Mar 1898
CHAR 28/24/74-77 Letter from WSC (Camp Peshawar [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his feelings about financial affairs and being liable for her loan; his character; Lady [Mary] Jeune's efforts regarding his possible posting to Egypt; his home sickness; a request that she should write to [George] Brasier-Creagh; his intention that a letter he has written to Lord Charles Beresford [see CHAR 28/24/68-72] should be published; his intervention to prevent General [William] Nicholson committing a "blunder"; Aylmer Haldane's attempts to gain a divorce; and his disappointment at the mistakes [in "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]. Envelope present. 31 Mar [1898]
CHAR 28/24/78-84 Letter from WSC (Government House, Bombay [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his journey from Peshawar, making observations on the situation in Egypt and the relationship between Sir Herbert Kitchener and the Dervishes, speculating that he may be too late for a campaign on the Nile, the progress of the frontier war and the Zakka Khel tribe. He also discusses the publication of ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] and the ignorance and carelessness of Moreton Frewen in editing it, and asks her to sell an article "Unus contra mundum" to the Pall Mall [Magazine] and discusses financial affairs. He encloses a newspaper cutting from The Athenaeum of a review of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" [CHAR 28/24/82-83]. Envelope present. 13 Apr [1898]
CHAR 28/24/85-86 Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is disappointed at not receiving any letters from her, informs her that he has received a letter from Lady [Mary] Jeune and will go to Egypt in August, asks her to send him reviews [of "The Story of Malakand Field Force"], and outlines his intentions regarding the publication of three articles. Envelope present. 19 Apr [1898]
CHAR 28/24/87-89 Letter from WSC ([Bangalore, India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses delight at receiving a telegram from her and says that he has sent corrected proofs to Longmans in case a second edition [of "The Story of the Malakand Field Force"] is published and encloses a preface letter [CHAR 28/24/88] in which he discusses his regret at not correcting the proofs of the first edition which is describes as a "tribute to the slovenly hurry of the times". Envelope present. 22 Apr [1898]
CHAR 28/24/90-92 Letter from WSC (Bangalore [India]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing financial affairs and his sympathy for her reduced income; the progress of his novel "Affairs of State" [published as "Savrola"]; the reception of ["The Story of the Malakand Field Force"]; planned literary projects and his future literary career. Envelope present. 25 Apr 1898
CHAR 28/24/93 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Bangalore] India) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing his work [on "The River War"], a letter he has received from Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne], and the possibility that he may write a biography of [Lord Randolph Churchill]. The letter is dated 1898, but its contents suggest that it dates to 1899. 19 Jan [1899]
CHAR 28/24/94 Newspaper cutting from The Pioneer reviewing three books on the frontier campaigns in India: "A Frontier Campaign" by Lord Fincastle and P C Elliot-Lockhart and "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by WSC. Annotated by WSC "This criticism is of course more weighty than the others - as the Pioneer is an 'expert' paper". 20 Apr 1898
CHAR 28/24/95-96 Newspaper cutting from The Times of India reviewing "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by WSC. Covering letter at CHAR 28/25/3-4. Annotated by WSC "This was the 1st Leader". The first page of the article is numbered 96. 21 Apr 1898
CHAR 28/24/97 Newspaper cutting from The Morning Post reviewing "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by WSC. Annotated by WSC "Morning Post. Published at Delhi". 08 Apr 1898
CHAR 28/24/98 Newspaper cutting from the Madras Mail reviewing "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by WSC. Annotated by WSC "The Madras Mail. This is a leading article". 08 Apr 1898
CHAR 28/24/99 Letter from VSM (Editor of the United Service Magazine, 13 Charing Cross Road, London) to WSC congratulating him on "The Story of the Malakand Field Force" and asking him to write a "political - strategical" article about the northern frontier of India for inclusion in the magazine. Annotated by WSC "I have written an article for them. See June number.". 19 Apr 1898