Acquired Papers. Letters and telegrams from George Cornwallis-West and his family to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes draft letters from Lady Randolph to George and covers the breakdown of their marriage, their divorce and George's subsequent marriage to Mrs Patrick Campbell. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/39

Part of: CHAR 28
Next record: CHAR 28/40
Previous record: CHAR 28/38

Date: 21 Dec 1911 - 03 Nov 1914

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CHAR 28/39/1-2 Letter from [George Cornwallis-West](Furstenstein, Bez. Breslau [Poland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the loss of "Beppo" [a pet]; describes his visit to Pless and the guests who were there; comments on the likelihood of war with Germany and WSC's policy at the Admiralty and wishes her a happy new year which he hopes "may be a better one for us both". 21 Dec 1911
CHAR 28/39/3 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](63 Jermyn Street [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has not telephoned her as he could not bear to hear the sound of her voice and discusses financial affairs and the household drinks bill. 07 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/39/4 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Eaton, Chester) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses their divorce, the "terrible ordeal" of parting, her good influence over him and financial affairs about which he asserts "it will always be my aim in life to provide for you according to your tastes". He also asks her to communicate with him if she is ill. 29 Dec 1912
CHAR 28/39/5 Draft letter from Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] (Coombe Abbey, Coventry [Warwickshire]) to George [Cornwallis-West] in which she discusses their separation. She says that she means to set herself a "higher ideal of life than heretofore" and urges him to do the same, says that they will always be friends, discusses the settlement of their financial difficulties and her sacrifice in "giving you up". 31 Dec 1912
CHAR 28/39/6-7 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](43 St James' Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses their financial terms [of their separation] and says that he had nothing to do with a rumour. Envelope marked "private" present. 13 Jun 1913
CHAR 28/39/8 Letter from Kenneth Brown, Baker, Baker and Company (Lennox House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the financial terms [of her separation from George Cornwallis-West]. Annotated on dorse with calculations. 13 Jun 1913
CHAR 28/39/9 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (43 St James' Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that all her bills except o1,300 have been paid and that Garcke has behaved "outrageously" and forced him off the Board of the B[rush] E[ngineering] C[ompany]. He discusses his precarious financial position, which he asks her not to mention, and asks her to consider returning some of the articles which have not been paid for. 15 Oct 1913
CHAR 28/39/10-11 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Pinners Hall, Austin Friars, London) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private & confidential" in which he discusses the financial terms [of their separation], the likelihood that he may be made bankrupt and says that he will "drink a silent toast" to her. Envelope present. 31 Dec 1913
CHAR 28/39/12 Draft letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] (Hotel Lotti, 7 and 9 Rue de Castiglione, Paris [France]) to George [Cornwallis-West] in which she discusses financial terms [of their settlement] and the payment of her liabilities and wishes him "good luck and happiness". 05 Jan 1914
CHAR 28/39/13-14 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] (Hotel Lotti, 7 and 9 Rue de Castiglione, Paris [France]) to Kenneth Brown in which she discusses the financial terms [of her separation with George Cornwallis-West] and says that she has suggested a compromise to him. Envelope marked "copies" present. c 1914
CHAR 28/39/15 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](43 St James' Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] setting out the amounts he will pay her as she has agreed not to take proceedings against him for alimony. 19 Mar 1914
CHAR 28/39/16 Letter from Kenneth Brown, Baker, Baker and Company (Lennox House, Norfolk Street, London) to Lady Randolph Churchill discussing the payment of solicitors' fees. 26 Mar 1914
CHAR 28/39/17 Sheet of financial calculations [concerning the financial terms of the separation between Lady Randolph Churchill and George Cornwallis-West]. [1914]
CHAR 28/39/18 Newspaper cutting concerning a receiving order made against George Cornwallis-West in the bankruptcy court. 22 Mar 1914
CHAR 28/39/19 Letter from Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] (Ladies Athenaeum Club, 31 & 32 Dover Street [London]) to George [Cornwallis-West] in which she informs him that the decree absolute will be made final on Monday; assures him that she will not "willingly" speak of him and that if he ever "wanted to knock at my door it would not be shut to you"; returns her wedding and engagement rings and bids him "a long long goodbye". 04 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/39/20 Letter from Shelagh [Duchess of Westminster, earlier Shelagh Cornwallis-West] ([Hotel] Excelsior, Rome [Italy]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing sympathy at the announcement of George [Cornwallis-West's marriage to Mrs Patrick Campbell] and admiration at everything she did for George. 15 Apr [1914]
CHAR 28/39/21 Telegram from Daisy [Princess of Pless] (Mandelieu) to Lady Randolph Churchill asking her not to make the divorce [from George Cornwallis-West] absolute. 04 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/39/22 Telegram from Daisy [Princess of Pless] (Cannes [France]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which she says that she has just read the news [of George Cornwallis-West's marriage to Mrs Patrick Campbell] and that he will regret it. 07 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/39/23 Newspaper cutting from The Times announcing the wedding of George Cornwallis-West to Mrs Patrick Campbell at Kensington registry office. Includes a covering slip from Durrant's Press Cuttings service. 07 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/39/24-25 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham [Kent]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing sympathy at the news of Norman Lesie's death and commenting on the generosity of WSC in granting him an appointment and on her generosity in seconding it. Envelope present. 05 Nov 1914