Acquired Papers. Letters from WSC to Lady Randolph Churchill. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 01 Jan 1902 - 31 Dec 1909

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CHAR 28/27/1 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hopes that she and George [Cornwallis-West] will be able to visit Blenheim and includes criticism of an article she has written. 03 Apr 1902
CHAR 28/27/2-3 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing his work on the biography [of Lord Randolph Churchill], commenting "There emerges from these dusty records a great and vivid drama". He asks her to send newspaper cuttings and adds that "Jack" [John S Churchill] could help him in deciphering the handwriting of [Frances] Duchess [of Marlborough]. Signed typescript. 15 Aug 1902
CHAR 28/27/4 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he enjoyed seeing her and that he has received letters from [Joseph] Chamberlain which he is working on [for the biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]. 19 Sep 1902
CHAR 28/27/5 Letter from WSC (Balmoral Castle) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has enjoyed his stay and that King [Edward VII] has treated him "vy kindly" and asks her to send him notes about [Lord Randolph Churchill]. 27 Sep 1902
CHAR 28/27/6 Note from WSC to "Linky" [Lord Hugh Cecil, later Lord Quickswood] enclosing the proof of a "simple argument" and inviting him to lunch with [Lady Randolph Churchill]. 21 Oct 1902
CHAR 28/27/7 Letter from WSC (Canford Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]) to Mrs George Cornwallis-West [formerly Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that Cornelia [Lady Wimborne, formerly Lady Guest and Lady Cornelia Churchill] has provided useful material about [Lord Randolph Churchill] for his biography. He asks whether Miss [Annette] Anning might be able to help him with correspondence. Signed typescript. 09 Oct 1902
CHAR 28/27/8-9 Letter from WSC (Savoy Hotel, Cairo [Egypt] on the notepaper of 105 Mount Street) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for opening a bazaar on his behalf. He describes his visit, commenting on the hospitality of [Sir Ernest] Cassel and his plans for a 70 mile camel ride. He reports that he is getting on well with [Sir Michael Hicks] Beach [later Lord St Alwyn]; comments on the help provided by "Gorst pere" [John Gorst]; [Sir John] Brodrick's proposals and the opposition of "our little band" ["The Hughligans"]; and comments on the prosperity of Egypt compared with England. 19 Dec 1902
CHAR 28/27/10 Letter from WSC (Assouan on the notepaper of 105 Mount Street) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his illness; the progress of his [biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]; the assistance provided by [Sir Michael Hicks] Beach [later Lord St Alwyn]; disappointment in the temple at Carnac; difficulties between the Conservatives and the Trade Unions and his sympathy with the latter; and a request that she should look after "Jack" [John S Churchill] who is described as "untamed and forlorn". [Dec] [1902]
CHAR 28/27/11-17 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" including: meetings in Oldham [Lancashire] and the Central Executive's vote of confidence in him despite his opposition to the "great man" [Joseph Chamberlain] and his opinions about Protection; his popularity among the working classes; a future break between Arthur Balfour and [Joseph] Chamberlain; a dinner he hosted at the House of Commons with "Jack" [John] Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone] which was attended by "AJB" [Arthur Balfour], Austen Chamberlain, George Wyndham, Sir John Brodrick, [Hugh] Cecil [later Lord Quickswood] and Ivor Guest [later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne]; Joseph Chamberlain's look of reproach at seeing WSC leaving Balfour's room and WSC's opinion of Chamberlain; his planned itinerary and relationship with "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough]. Manuscript signed by WSC. 12 Aug 1903
CHAR 28/27/18 Letter from WSC (Guisachan [Beauly, Invernesshire, Scotland] on the notepaper of 105 Mount Street) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: apologies for not being able to visit her at Lochmore; his planned itinerary; speculation that Arthur Balfour will issue a "patching-up" manifesto and observation about Joseph Chamberlain who is "plainly beaten alike in argument and popular opinion.". 11 Sep [1903]
CHAR 28/27/19 Letter from WSC (Guisachan [Beauly, Invernesshire, Scotland]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to visit her at Lochmore and reports that he is busy writing [the biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]. 14 Sep 1903
CHAR 28/27/20 Letter from WSC (Invercauld, Ballater, Aberdeenshire [Scotland]) to "Mamman" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including speculations on the possibility that Mr [Arthur] Balfour will resign or try and reconstruct the government. He adds that he has put his name down at Balmoral but fears he is "still in disgrace". 18 Sep 1903
CHAR 28/27/21-22 Letter from WSC (Canford Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the sale of a house; a description of his stay which has included "Much talk about Free Trade and politics"; [Sir Michael Hicks] Beach's [later Lord St Alwyn] position as "guardian angel of the government"; the success of his speech at Cardiff [Glamorgan, Wales] and arrangements for a supper party after a meeting at the Chelsea Town Hall. Typescript signed with initials. 04 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/27/23 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he has not been able to come and see her in Bournemouth as he has been invited to contest the Birmingham Central Division. He expresses concern for her health and for their finances. 26 Mar 1904
CHAR 28/27/24 Letter from WSC (Villa Cassel, Moerel, Valais, Switzerland) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his surroundings and activities; reporting that he has seen [Sir Edward] Hamilton, the Cassels [Sir Ernest Cassel] and that he is expecting [John] Revelstoke; and expressing approval for her decision to "take pains with the few people you really care about". 22 Aug 1904
CHAR 28/27/25 Letter from WSC (Villa Cassel, Moerel, Valais, Switzerland) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to stay with her and the progress of [his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill] and the difficulties which have arisen. 25 Aug 1904
CHAR 28/27/26 Letter from WSC (Villa Cassel, Moerel, Valais, Switzerland) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his plans to go to Paris with "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and saying that he has written about her "Russian expedition" in [his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill] and commenting that she has not told him whether J[ohn] M[orley] has asked for some papers. 01 Sep 1904
CHAR 28/27/27 Letter from WSC (Salisbury Hall, St Albans [Hertfordshire]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" informing her of his decision not to leave for Scotland because of his progress with [his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill] and commenting on J[ohn] M[orley]'s encouragement with the book and his hopes to make 8-10,000 pounds from it. 14 Sep 1904
CHAR 28/27/28-30 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his work [on the biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]; a conversation with "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain] about [Lord Randolph]; assistance with the chapter on Home Rule provided by [John] Brodrick and George Hamilton and problems with a motor. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. 24 Sep 1904
CHAR 28/27/31 Letter from WSC (Dalmeny House Edinburgh [Scotland]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is glad she enjoyed herself at Sandringham, reports on the success of his speech in Glasgow [Lanarkshire, Scotland] and discusses financial affairs. Annotated "Five years since the armoured train!". 15 Nov 1904
CHAR 28/27/32 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the success of his speech in Glasgow [Lanarkshire, Scotland]; financial affairs and his plans to see her before going to Manchester. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. 17 Nov 1904
CHAR 28/27/33 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has discussed her affairs with "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and asks her to write a letter authorising him to investigate the matter with Lumley, the solicitor. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. 21 Jan 1905
CHAR 28/27/34 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her that he will conduct the "Inquisition" [into her affairs] on 7 and 8 February and asks her to read the Manchester Guardian for reports of him and says that [5th Lord] Spencer has invited him to Althorp [Northamptonshire]. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. 26 Jan 1905
CHAR 28/27/35 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to write about her recollections of life with [Lord Randolph Churchill] in London and Ireland between 1874 and 1880 to shed light on "the personal aspect" of his life. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. 09 Feb 1905
CHAR 28/27/36 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] sympathising on the illness of George [Cornwallis-West] and asking her to send him a telegram to tell him whether she will be able to entertain Ivor [Guest, later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne] and him. 16 Mar 1905
CHAR 28/27/37 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing his amusement at an announcement, his opinion that the government will treat the fiscal resolution with contempt and arrangements to see her. 22 Mar 1905
CHAR 28/27/38 Letter from WSC (Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising that he will not be able to see her as he is opening the debate on Army Estimates. 05 Apr 1905
CHAR 28/27/39 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his opinion that the government will not be able to continue for much longer, his plans to visit Ivor [Guest, later Lord Ashby St Ledgers and 2nd Lord Wimborne], and electric treatment for his dislocated shoulder. 06 Apr 1905
CHAR 28/27/40 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he anticipates that the government will resign and that a dissolution of parliament will follow and says that he is dining with Ernest Beckett [later Lord Grimthorpe]. 21 Jul 1905
CHAR 28/27/41 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising for not being able to come and see her and saying that he is to speak on the suspension of the 12 o'clock rule, commenting "You will not disapprove". 29 Jul 1905
CHAR 28/27/42-43 Letter from WSC (Ashby St Ledgers, Rugby [Warwickshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the progress of [his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill] which is nearly finished; his stay in Switzerland; polo; his support for [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston] against [Sir Herbert] Kitchener and "for Constitutional Authority against military power"; Liberal Party policy on India; comments on the appointments of [4th Lord] Minto and [Sir John] Brodrick. Manuscript in the hand of a secretary signed by WSC. 31 Aug 1905
CHAR 28/27/44-45 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" inviting her to a meeting in Manchester at the Free Trade Hall at which Sir Edward Grey and Lord Durham are to speak and saying that he hopes to make a great deal of money [from his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]. Envelope present. 03 Oct 1905
CHAR 28/27/46-47 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a future dinner engagement with King [Edward VII] at which the King intends to "bring home to me [WSC] the error of my ways"; the terms of his arrangement with MacMillans for the publication [of his biography of Lord Randolph Churchill]; his agent, Frank Harris', success in the negotiations and discussion of illustrations for the book. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC and annotated "dictated". 30 Oct 1905
CHAR 28/27/48 Letter from WSC (Canford Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is resting in preparation for "future labours", discusses [5th Lord] Rosebery's reckless speech and speculates that there will not be a Home Rule Bill in the next Parliament. 28 Nov 1905
CHAR 28/27/49 Letter from WSC (Canford Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his decision to remain to continue massage treatment and inviting her to Manchester. He discusses the masseuse's opinion that his speech impediment is caused by a ligament in his tongue and the probability that the government will resign and "CB's" [Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman] activities. 01 Dec 1905
CHAR 28/27/50-51 Letter from WSC (105 Mount Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her that Sir Felix Semon has refused to "cut off my tongue" [a reference to WSC's speech impediment which was thought to be caused by a ligament]; discusses an invitation to Blenheim for Christmas; the formation of a new government and the possibility that he might be given office. Envelope present marked "private". 04 Dec 1905
CHAR 28/27/52-53 Letter from WSC (12 Bolton Street [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] inviting her to dinner with Lord Elgin and informing her that a demonstration in Manchester was very successful as "the suffragettes were ejected with almost incredible velocity!". Envelope present marked "private". 24 Jun 1906
CHAR 28/27/54-56 Letter from WSC (Villa Cassel, Moerel, Valais, Switzerland) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his wish that George [Cornwallis-West] had a better opinion of the government; financial affairs; correspondence with King [Edward VII] about WSC's [visit to see German army manoeuvres] and the King's instruction that WSC is not to be "too frank with 'his nephew'" [Kaiser Wilhelm II]; a description of his stay with [Ernest] Cassel; his disappointment at losing money at bridge; a legal case and her comment that "Tuty" [Count de Bendern] is a "bastard Jew"; a request that she should not be vexed with him for speaking frankly; and the books he is reading. Envelope present. 01 Sep 1906
CHAR 28/27/57 Part of a letter from WSC [to Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the possibility that she might be able to "plaster" over an injury [to Count de Bendern] and his correspondence with King [Edward VII] about South Africa and WSC's stay with [Kaiser Wilhelm II]. [Sep] [1906]
CHAR 28/27/58-59 Letter from WSC (Vienna [Austria]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to give him information about the financial difficulties of George [Cornwallis-West]. Envelope present marked "private". 14 Sep 1906
CHAR 28/27/60-62 Letter from WSC (Siena [Italy]) to "Mama" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of the financial difficulties of George [Cornwallis-West]; comment that his visit to see German army manoeuvres was "instructive"; a list of the places he has visited; his contentment [at the Colonial Office] and his decision to remain there until the Colonial Conference, and to settle issues connected with the Orange River Constitution and Nigerian Railway Stock; his confidence that he will win the Manchester election and in the loyalty of the electorate; and American politics. Envelope present marked "private". 29 Sep 1906
CHAR 28/27/63 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "secret" informing her that "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] has separated from Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough, later Consuelo Balsan] and that he has suggested that [Lady Randolph] should stay with her. 13 Oct 1906
CHAR 28/27/64-66 Part of a letter from WSC (12 Bolton Street [London]) [to Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of financial affairs; his involvement in a strike in Manchester; a tree house he has constructed at Salisbury Hall; his success in securing o5 million for the Transvaal railway and o2 for the Nigerian railway and in making the Cabinet agree with his opinion about [Louis] Botha's diamond; "Lulu" [Lewis] Harcourt's success in land legislation; and his advice about excluding the "Goschen story" from her book as it would be offensive to the Jews. Manuscript in the hand of Annette Anning signed by WSC. [1907]
CHAR 28/27/67-68 Letter from WSC (Colonial Office) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the behaviour of the Tory Party about the Transvaal loan and the diamond; concern over the letting of a house; an appeal to help him with the management of [household] affairs; the progress of government business due to several late night sittings of Parliament; a meeting with [5th Lord] Rosebery; and the places he plans to visit with Gordon Wilson. 21 Aug 1907
CHAR 28/27/69-70 Letter from WSC (HMS Venus, At Sea Near Aden [later South Yemen]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: apologies for not having written; his hope she has heard about his "pilgrimage" from "Eddie" [Edward Marsh] and the newspapers; description of his cabin and the roughness of the Red Sea; Admiralty orders to the captain to stop at any ports WSC suggests; his intention to study the affairs of the Somaliland Protectorate; a letter from "C.B." [Henry Campbell-Bannerman, see CHAR 28/27/71] about WSC's position; and objections to "that rascal Sievier" living in his house. 19 Oct 1907
CHAR 28/27/71 Letter from Henry Campbell-Bannerman (Belmont Castle, Meigle, Scotland) to WSC marked "private" congratulating him for his work during the last Parliamentary session in the creation of self governing states in the Transvaal and the Orange Free State and parsing him for "constant readiness and effectiveness". Covering letter at CHAR 28/27/69-70. 09 Sep 1907
CHAR 28/27/72-73 Letter from WSC (Eighorn, Brunn [Brno, Czechoslovakia]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning his criticism of her book, his opinion that she will create a "charming women's book" and encouragement to work on it. He also outlines plans for his journey and discusses a letter from the Prime Minister [Henry Campbell-Bannerman] which he would like [Annette] Anning to file. Envelope present marked "private". 26 Sep 1907
CHAR 28/27/74 Envelope addressed to Mrs George Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in the hand of WSC. 02 Nov 1907
CHAR 28/27/75-79 Letter from WSC (Camp Thika, "half way between Nairobi and Fort Hall [Kenya]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: description of game hunting from a train, including rhinoceros and lions; his official work and meeting the natives, presents to him; a visit to Embo; impressions of the country; and his authorisation of the extension of British control of the natives. Three typed transcripts of this letter at end of CHAR 28/27. 06 Nov 1907
CHAR 28/27/80-81 Letter from WSC (Jinja, Victoria Nyanza [Kenya]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of his journey; arrangements with the Strand magazine for the publication of articles; the degree of civilisation of the natives in Uganda and concern at the illness of "CB" [Henry Campbell-Bannerman]. Envelope present marked "private". 23 Nov 1907
CHAR 28/27/82-83 Letter from WSC (General's House, Cairo [Egypt]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his shock at the death of [George] Scrivings from choleric diarrhoea, his sense of loss and intention to make arrangements for Scrivings' wife, and discussion of "Jack's" [John S Churchill] marriage. 03 Jan 1908
CHAR 28/27/84 Letter from WSC (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for dealing with [George Scrivings'] wife; discusses arrangements for him to stay at Carlton House Terrace with "Rosie" [Lady Ridley] and "Matt" [2nd Lord Ridley] and for his return to England; and makes observations about the position of the government and "rumours of change". 13 Jan 1908
CHAR 28/27/85 Note from WSC (Board of Trade, Whitehall Gardens) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has accepted the invitation to contest Dundee. [29] [Apr] [1908]
CHAR 28/27/86 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that "Clemmie" [Clementine Hozier, later CSC] is "vy happy and beautiful", thanks her for her support "at a critical period in my emotional development"; expresses relief that the [wedding] ceremony is over and that George [Cornwallis-West] had said that "he could wish me no better wife or happier days than he had found in you". 13 Sep 1908
CHAR 28/27/86A Letter from WSC ([Italy] on the notepaper of the Board of Trade) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the sale of the house at Bolton Street and saying that he and CSC are happy [on their honeymoon] and have "loitered and loved - a good & serious occupation for which the histories furnish respectable precedents". 20 Sep 1908
CHAR 28/27/87 Letter from WSC (Board of Trade, Whitehall Gardens) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] on his opinion of a play ["His Borrowed Plumes"] and wishing her success with its production. 14 May 1909
CHAR 28/27/88-91 Letter from WSC (Board of Trade, Whitehall Gardens) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: praise for the money she has made by furnishing and selling a house; his success in negotiations over the Coal Strike; the christening of [Diana Churchill, later Diana Bailey and Diana Sandys]; support throughout the country for the [1909] Budget and his opinion that the [House of] Lords will not throw the Budget out; comments on the behaviour of the Peers "threatening to cut down charities and pensions, sack old labourers and retainers, and howling and whining because they are asked to pay their share"; his opinion about affairs in Spain over which the King [Alfonso XIII] "is playing the fool" and his intention to visit German manoeuvres with CSC. Envelope present. 04 Aug 1909