Acquired Papers: Letters from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes material on the disagreement between Lord Randolph Churchill and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and the family's move to Ireland. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/6

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Date: 1876 - 1882

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CHAR 28/6/1 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Broxmouth Park, Dunbar [East Lothian, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his decision to remain in London longer than he had intended. He encloses two letters [not present]: one letter to him from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] and a letter from him to [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]. He describes [his argument with the Prince of Wales] as "vy sickening" and also describes an evening spent with [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]. 09 Jul [1876]
CHAR 28/6/2-3 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin [Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his satisfaction at the arrangements made in Dublin for him to become unsalaried private secretary to his father [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] which will enable him to retain his seat [as a member of parliament]. 13 Dec [1876]
CHAR 28/6/4-6 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Turf Club [Piccadilly, London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a discussion of the Guinness' house which he says could be made "charming" if they [Lord and Lady Randolph] had sufficient money; the news that Mrs Maxie has been turned out of her house for an affaire with George Villiers; and his decision to forgive Howard [his footman]. 11 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/7-8 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a shooting expedition with [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] and his intention to go to Blenheim Palace to see Colonel Thomas. 14 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/9-10 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Woodstock House, Woodstock [Oxfordshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his annoyance with [Leonard Jerome] over financial arrangements; a description of a shooting expedition with [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]; Annie's assistance [Lady Bowmont, earlier Lady Anne Churchill, later Duchess of Roxburghe] with his search for a footman; and a case of attempted murder in Woodstock [Oxfordshire]. 16 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/11-12 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Barton Lodge, Steeple-Aston, Oxfordshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the trial for a case of attempted murder at Woodstock [Oxfordshire]; his intention to return to Ireland for Christmas; and his concern over WSC's health. 18 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/13 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Barton Lodge, Steeple-Aston, Oxfordshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of the day's shooting and his intention to go and see a horse in London which will delay his return to Ireland. 21 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/14 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Barton Lodge, Steeple-Aston, Oxfordshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] returning letters [not present] from [Clara Jerome] and Leonie [Jerome, later Lady Leslie] and discussing financial worries, the parliamentary timetable, political talks and the previous day's shooting. 26 Dec [1877]
CHAR 28/6/15 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a conversation with [Sir Charles] Dilke on foreign politics; the animation of the House of Commons at the resignation of two government ministers; and his rheumatism. 25 Jan [1878]
CHAR 28/6/16 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his journey and the names of those he travelled with, who included Colonel Taylor and [3rd Lord] Headfort. 16 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/17-19 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the guests at a party at Blenheim Palace on the previous evening. He encloses a letter [not present] from [Sir Michael Hicks-]Beach [later Lord St Alwyn] in which he attempted to dissuade Lord Randolph from interfering with his bill; says that Dr Clayton has advised him to take care of himself; and comments that an article in the Times has enhanced his reputation as "everyone...gives me credit for the Government dealing with intermediate education". 22 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/20 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of the satisfactory arrangements for a loan which will avoid him having to approach his father [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] and his anticipation that "strong measures" will be proposed by the government. 23 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/21-22 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: arrangements for a loan and opening a bank account in her name; emphasis that they should be economical; the engagement of a new footman; enquiries about whether she had been introduced to the Crown Prince of Austria and speculations on the likelihood of war. 24 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/23 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park, Portarlington [Leinster, Ireland) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of a party the previous evening, a hunting expedition with Rosamund [Lady Fellowes, later Lady De Ramsey, earlier Lady Rosamund Churchill] and an amateur singing concert and his wish that she had been present. 25 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/24 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a comment on the impertinence of the Crown Prince of Austria; speculations on electoral issues in Oxfordshire; a report that [5th Lord] Rosebery [earlier Archibald Primrose] had declined Hannah Rothschild's offer of a settlement of o50,000 per year; excitement in the House of Commons and his hope that she has recovered from an accident. 26 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/25 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his meeting with [Sir] Ivor Guest [later 1st Lord Wimborne]; anticipation of a pleasant evening with [Sir Charles] Dilke; and his hope that there will be a lively debate in the House of Commons on the following day. 27 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/26-27 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to instruct [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to invite George Tyrrell, the agent for the Conservative Party in Ireland, to dinner and discussing the effect of a vote in the House of Commons and the absence of the Ulster Conservatives who "have virtually broken their election pledges". He also instructs her to make arrangements for the arrival of a new footman and a house which he has seen. 29 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/28 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including the news that "Tommy" [W H Trafford] had seen [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] in Paris [France] and [Lord Blandford] had seemed "anxious to make it up all round". He encloses a letter [not present] from [Lord William] Beresford whom he comments "must be off his head", discusses the offer he has made on a house in Cleveland Square [London], and says that he is going to see "Diplomacy" at the Prince of Wales theatre. 30 Jan [1879]
CHAR 28/6/29 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his appreciation for a speech made by [William] Gladstone, a dinner he had with [Sir Charles] Dilke, and his hope that the House of Commons will divide on the following day enabling him to return to Ireland. 04 Feb [1879]
CHAR 28/6/30-31 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: an argument in the House of Commons between [Sir George] Trevelyan and Hardy which has delayed a division in the House of Commons and prevents him returning [to Ireland]; arrangements for their move to a house in Cleveland Square [London] which he worries she may find too small; and instructions for paying bills. 06 Feb [1879]
CHAR 28/6/32-33 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: arrangements for the lease of a house in Cleveland Square [London]; financial matters including the sale of American [shares] and the necessity to re-invest the money quickly; relations between [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] and [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] and the supposition that the [Prince of] Wales "had tried to make as much mischief as he cld". 23 Feb [1879]
CHAR 28/6/34 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a walk with [?] Brutinek, a peace meeting which had taken place in Hyde Park [London] and relations between England and Russia. 24 Feb [1879]
CHAR 28/6/35 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including arrangements for moving into a house [in Cleveland Square, London] and transporting their luggage. 25 Feb [1879]
CHAR 28/6/36 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including arrangements for the transport of dogs to Blenheim Palace and the closure of their house [in Dublin, Ireland] and speculations on relations between England and Russia. 02 Mar [1879]
CHAR 28/6/37 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Royal Hotel, Mallow [County Cork, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including the date of his return [to Dublin] and a description of the day's fishing. 14 Mar [1879]
CHAR 28/6/38 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin [Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the weather conditions and their effect on fishing; an observation that [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] bullies him about his smoking; and his opinion about an announcement concerning Indian troops. 19 Apr [1879]
CHAR 28/6/39-40 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his pleasure at the future marriage of [Lady] Rosamund [Churchill, later Lady Fellowes and Lady De Ramsey] to [Lord] Fellowes [later Lord De Ramsey] which he considers "will be an excellent thing for the general tranquillity of the family". He asks her to relay a message to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] from "Big Ben" congratulating her on Rosamund's engagement. 30 Apr [1877]
CHAR 28/6/41-42 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing two letters [not present] from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] concerning a quarrel between Lord Randolph and the Guests [Sir Ivor Guest, later 1st Lord Wimborne and Cornelia, Lady Guest, later Lady Wimborne, earlier Lady Cornelia Churchill] as Cornelia had acted "on evy possible occasion to toady those who are not ordinary enemies but most bitter foes". He also discusses his unluckiness at fishing and says that he would like to remain for a few more days. 01 Apr [1877]
CHAR 28/6/43-44 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of financial affairs; an evening spent with [4th Lord] Dorchester [earlier Dudley Carleton]; observations about the Greens; and a request that she should send "Ruff's Guide to the Turf" and a racing calendar to Colonel Thomas. 02 May [1879]
CHAR 28/6/45-47 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his pleasure at the future visit of Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen]; advice that she should not continue using snuff as a cure for her cold; a dinner he is to attend at the Junior Naval and Military Club with Campbell aide-de-camp; and discussion of a wedding present and the [financial settlement for marriage of Lady Rosamund Churchill, later Lady Fellowes and Lady De Ramsey]. 16 May [1877]
CHAR 28/6/48 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a meeting of the Church Committee in Woodstock [Oxfordshire]; the decision of [Frances Duchess of Marlborough] that [Lady] Georgiana [Churchill, later Lady Curzon and Lady Howe] should not attend a play; and the contents of a letter he had received from Louisiana [United States]. 07 Jun [1877]
CHAR 28/6/49 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Fermoy [County Cork, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the bad effect of the weather on the conditions for fishing. 08 Jun [1877]
CHAR 28/6/50 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Killee [County Cork, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] explaining that he has decided to visit Montgomery and the Salters and asking her to write to him soon. 09 Jun [1877]
CHAR 28/6/51 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Royal Hotel, Mallow [County Kerry, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he has accompanied [Major] Trehorne on a fishing trip and his hope that she may join him with the Gallatines. 11 Jun [1877]
CHAR 28/6/52-53 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([?] Gluccan [County Kerry, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his fishing expedition, discussing his itinerary and asking her to send him copies of the Oxford Chronicle. 13 Jun [1877]
CHAR 28/6/54-55 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Constantinople, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters; describing his visit to Pau and the Pyranees, the illness of [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough]; his own illness through indigestion; and discussions he has had with [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff concerning the leadership of the [Conservative] Party. c 1880
CHAR 28/6/56-57 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] explaining that he had not received her telegram [of 7th July] and discussing the [wedding] presents given to [Lady Rosamund Churchill, later Lady Fellowes and Lady De Ramsey]. 09 Jul [1877]
CHAR 28/6/58 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Simonstone, Hawes, Bedale [Yorkshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of guests at Simonstone and the previous day's shooting. 15 Aug [1877]
CHAR 28/6/59 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cliffe, Beleek [County Mayo, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including reference to difficulties with the servants at Little Lodge [Dublin] and requesting that she ask Howard [his footman] to write for his knife which has been left behind. 28 Aug [1877]
CHAR 28/6/60-62 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Holywood, County Down [Ulster, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a fishing expedition with Captain Harrison; discussion of domestic staff [at Little Lodge, Dublin]; his intention to spend time at Beleek [County Mayo, Ireland] before progressing to Wharncliffe [Yorkshire] and his pleasure that she has met the Ashburtons. [1877]
CHAR 28/6/63-64 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Marlborough Club, Pall Mall [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: an argument with [Lady] Fanny [Marjoriebanks, later Lady Tweedmouth, earlier Lady Fanny Churchill]; his eagerness to return to her; the future visit of "Henri" [Henry Standish]; and his intention to go to Nice [France] on the advice of [Dr] Clayton. [1878]
CHAR 28/6/65 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his intention to speak in support of the government in the House [of Commons] and to disassociate himself from the "extreme Turcophile party", financial affairs and the arrangement of a loan. In a post-script he asks why she went to the drawing room when he had asked her not to. [1878]
CHAR 28/6/66 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([?] Caregsville) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe arrival and describing a fishing expedition. [1879]
CHAR 28/6/67 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: advice about whether she should go to Sandown [Isle of Wight]; the eagerness of [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] that the quarrel between Lord Randolph and Cornelia [Lady Guest, later Lady Wimborne, earlier Lady Cornelia Churchill] should be resolved; the time of his arrival in London and his pleasure at receiving "such flourishing accounts" of WSC. [1878]
CHAR 28/6/68 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Howth [County Dublin, Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his journey to Howth and the names of those present, who included A J Paddy and Lady Bective. [1879]
CHAR 28/6/69 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([?] Caregsville) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the effect of the weather on the conditions for fishing. [1879]
CHAR 28/6/70 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his acceptance of an invitation from Sir [?] Brant and Lord Randolph's exclusion from a party given by [Lord] Charles Beresford. [1880]
CHAR 28/6/71-72 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and describing the "Ruin" as "out of order". He expresses the hope that [Elizabeth] Everest's friends are "respectable" and asks [Lady Randolph] to instruct [Elizabeth Everest] not to allow WSC to play with other children, and says that he is feeling better. 21 Apr [1880]
CHAR 28/6/73-75 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his hope that she has settled at Brighton [East Sussex]; his lack of success at fishing; the improvement in his health; and an argument he has had with [Lady Wimborne, earlier Lady Cornelia Churchill and Cornelia, Lady Guest] about her invitation to [the Duke of] Connaught [and Srathearn], brother of [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] which has forced him to leave the house. c 1880
CHAR 28/6/76 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cavendish Club) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing meetings with [John] Gorst and [Edward] Gibson [later 1st Lord Ashbourne]. [1880]
CHAR 28/6/77 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his lack of success at fishing and a request that she give orders for WSC's hair to be cut short. [1880]
CHAR 28/6/78-79 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters and remarking on [a letter] from WSC. He also discusses: the future marriage of [Lord] Curzon [later 4th Lord Howe] to "Georgie" [Lady Georgiana Churchill, later Lady Curzon and Lady Howe] which he describes as "brilliant"; his poor health; and his opinion that it would be undesirable for her to have dinner with Mrs Beauclere alone; and arrangements for moving into a house. 11 Oct [1882]
CHAR 28/6/80-81 Filing notes for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill, 1879. 1879
CHAR 28/6/82-83 Filing notes for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill, [? 1879]. [1879]
CHAR 28/6/84 Filing note for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill. 1879