Acquired Papers. Correspondence concerning Lady Randolph Churchill's role in the Primrose League, a club founded to support the Conservative Party. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/51

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Date: 1886 - 1908

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CHAR 28/51/1 Letter from Mrs Hardman (81 St George's Road [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that she has been unanimously elected as Vice President of the Ladies' Grand Council [of the Primrose League], that there had been discussion of electing additional Vice Presidents and of a scheme proposed by Lady Salisbury, and that the Duchess of Sutherland was publicly supporting the work of the league. 09 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/51/2 Letter from [Lady] Gwendolen Cecil (Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her whether she would be prepared to relinquish her position as Vice President of the LGC [Ladies' Grand Council of the Primrose League]. 10 Feb 1902
CHAR 28/51/3 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] to Lady Gwendolen Cecil in which she says that she would be prepared to relinquish her position as Vice President [of the Ladies' Grand Council of the Primrose League] and will always be prepared to serve the league. [Feb] [1902]
CHAR 28/51/4 Letter from [Lady] Gwendolen Cecil (Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says her resignation as Vice President [of the Ladies' Grand Council of the Primrose League] has been announced and asks whether she would be prepared to become an Extra Vice President. 24 Feb 1902
CHAR 28/51/5 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] (Crichel, Wimborne [Dorset]) to P Smith declining an invitation to a meeting of the Randolph Churchill Habitation of the Primrose League which is to be addressed by J Ratcliffe Cousins, secretary of the Tariff Reform League, as only one side of the argument on Tariff Reform is to be presented. Typescript. 27 Nov 1903
CHAR 28/51/6 Copy of a letter from P Smith to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning her objection to attending to a meeting of the [Randolph Churchill] Habitation [of the Primrose League] and pointing out that the Fiscal Question does not involve any of the principles of the league. Typescript annotated "The original of this letter was returned for Mr Smith for publication.". 27 Nov 1903
CHAR 28/51/7 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill](The Anglo Saxon, 35A Great Cumberland Place [London]) to P Smith expressing pleasure at the news that the [Randolph Churchill] Habitation [of the Primrose League] will be addressed on the government's views on Free Trade and advising him to send his letter for publication. 30 Nov 1903
CHAR 28/51/8 Letter from P Smith (116 Westbourne Terrace [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "private" expressing regret that she published her letter to him [see CHAR 28/51/5] and pointing out that he has not undertaken to ensure that the [Randolph Churchill] Habitation [of the Primrose League] would be addressed on the government's views on Free Trade [see CHAR 28/51/7]. 01 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/51/9 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill](35A Great Cumberland Place [London]) to P Smith giving her reasons for publishing her letter to him [see CHAR 28/51/5] and reserving the right to bring their correspondence to the notice of the Primrose League authorities. Typescript. 02 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/51/10 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](The Anglo-Saxon, 35A Great Cumberland Place [London]) to Sir George Fardell giving her reasons for publishing her letter to P Smith [see CHAR 28/51/5]. Typescript. 03 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/51/11 Letter from [Sir] George Fardell (26 Hyde Park Street [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] replying to her letter [see CHAR 28/51/10] in which he says that he is not a member of the Executive Committee [of the Primrose League] and therefore did not arrange a meeting at the Randolph Churchill Habitation and gives his opinion that her letter [CHAR 28/51/5] should not have been published. 04 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/51/12 Letter from [Sir] George Fardell (Randolph Churchill Habitation, 26 Hyde Park Street [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to preside at the Annual General Meeting. 29 Mar 1904
CHAR 28/51/13 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] (35A Great Cumberland Place [London]) to P Smith informing him that she does not wish to be re-elected as Dame President of the Randolph Churchill Habitation but that she will always have "warm and keen" interest in its affairs and those of the Primrose League. 09 May 1904
CHAR 28/51/14 Letter from Alice Balfour (Whittinghame, Prestonkirk [Scotland]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning a letter to [Frances] Duchess of Marlborough which she wrote to avoid "unnecessary unpleasantness" at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Primrose League concerning members of the League who support the Liberal Party. 26 Jan 1906
CHAR 28/51/15-16 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] to Alice Balfour in which she disputes the right of the Executive Committee of the Primrose League to expel members or Vice Presidents and argues that membership of the League is open to those who are not members of the Conservative Party. She describes herself as a "Unionist Free Trader and not a Radical", discusses the original intentions of the founders of the league and says that she would not resist the power of the Executive Committee to remove her name from the roll. Typescript. A further copy (without annotations) is at CHAR 28/51/20-21. [Jan] [1906]
CHAR 28/51/17 Letter from Alice Balfour (4 Carlton Gardens, Pall Mall [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that [Lady Randolph's] position on the Executive Committee of the Ladies' General Council has not been discussed in any meetings. 20 Feb 1906
CHAR 28/51/18 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](Salisbury Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire) to [Alice] Balfour resigning as Extra Vice President of the Ladies' General Council of the Primrose League. 15 Apr 1908
CHAR 28/51/19 Letter from Alice Balfour (Athens [Greece]) to Mrs Cornwallis-West [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning her resignation as Extra Vice President of the Ladies' General Council of the Primrose League. 26 Apr 1908
CHAR 28/51/20-21 Copy of CHAR 28/51/15-16, without annotations. [Jan] [1906]