Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes material relating to Lady Randolph's book "The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill" a Shakespearean ball held in aid of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre and "Shakespeare's England", an exhibition held at Earl's Court organised by Lady Randolph. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 1903 - 1912

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CHAR 28/78/1 Letter from Clarke (Palazzo del Quirinale) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that King [Edward VII] would be happy to give her and [George Cornwallis West] tickets to a gala performance if he is able. 28 Apr 1903
CHAR 28/78/2-3 Letter from Mary [Lady Curzon](Viceroy's Camp, India) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she has guessed that [Lady Randolph] may be at Pau [France]; discusses the illness of [?] Loweston, financial affairs and the successful work of George [Lord Curzon, later Lord Curzon of Kedleston] in bringing together representatives from countries on the Chinese frontiers; comments on having entertained Leonie [Lady Leslie formerly Leonie Jerome, Pearl [Craigie] and "Ettie" [Ethel, Lady Desborough]; and says that she enjoys receiving letters from [Lady Randolph]. 18 May 1903
CHAR 28/78/4-6 Letter from Cameran-Chimay [Comtesse] Greffulhe (Bois Boudran Nansis, Seine et Marne [France]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for copies [of the Anglo Saxon] Review and discusses the possibility of producing a similar publication including material from France, England and America. She also comments on their friendship, says that she regrets not having been able to see Emile Fuchs as she was sitting for Mr Hebert, and asks for advice about organising a concert. 08 Oct 1903
CHAR 28/78/7-8 Letter from [Sir Michael Henry] Herbert (British Embassy, Washington [United States]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is sorry that she in unable to visit them although he recommends that she choose another time of year at which to visit as the Senate has adjourned and the President [Theodore Roosevelt], whom he describes as "splendid", has gone on a speaking tour. He also discusses his visitors and reports that Minnie Paget has discovered "several Israelite admirers". 21 Mar 1903
CHAR 28/78/9-10 Letter from Eugenie Hibbard (East Franklin, Vermont Hills [United States]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for ensuring that the "sisters" [those involved with the hospital ship Maine] received the Queen's medal and asks her for a photograph. 05 Jun 1903
CHAR 28/78/11 Letter from Earl Hodgson (Craigruie, Lochearnhead [Perthshire, Scotland]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses an illustration [for the Anglo Saxon Review] and says that he hopes that her neuritis has not returned. 27 Aug 1903
CHAR 28/78/12 Letter from Alexander Hallam Murray (50 Albermarle Street [London]) to William Earl Hodgson discussing a plate of Mary Queen of Scots to be used [in the Anglo Saxon Review]. 26 Aug 1903
CHAR 28/78/13 Letter from J K Kenny (Balmoral Castle) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that there has not been an enquiry into the "white horse", that there will have to be an official application from the regiment to prompt an enquiry and that King [Edward VII] will have to initiate any discussion of the regimental motto. 25 Aug 1903
CHAR 28/78/14 Letter from Thomas Leighton (16 New Street Square, Fleet Street, London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] informing her that the bindings of the Anglo Saxon Review have been sent for consideration by the Committee of the Royal Commission of the St Louis Exhibition. 09 Oct 1903
CHAR 28/78/15 Letter from Louise Margaret [Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn](Royal Hospital, Dublin [Ireland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to accept the gift of a seal and explaining that she had hoped to give her a cage of singing birds from India. 22 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/78/16 Letter from George Moore (4 Upper Ely Place, Dublin [Ireland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not being able to meet her and says that he has sent her a copy of his book. 30 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/78/17 Letter from de Polignano (Grand Hotel St George, Mustapha Superieure, Algeria) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing regret that she was unable to come to Paris [France] and saying that he is taking care of his brother. 17 Dec 1903
CHAR 28/78/18 Letter from [5th Lord Rosebery](Dalmeny House, Edinburgh [Scotland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a photograph of Longwood. 10 Jan 1903
CHAR 28/78/19 Letter from [5th Lord Rosebery](Sandringham [Norfolk]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a note. 12 Nov 1903
CHAR 28/78/20 Letter from [?] Rachel Wheeler (62 Lansdowne Road, Croydon [Surrey]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking permission to reproduce her article entitled "A Past Incarnate" which appeared in the Anglo Saxon Review. 28 Nov 1903
CHAR 28/78/21 Letter from Williams (War Office) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that [John] Brodrick has decided to make an exception and grant five women medals [for their work with the hospital ship Maine]. 11 Mar 1903
CHAR 28/78/22-23 Letter from E M Wilson (War Office) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing 14 medals [not present] for distribution to the American staff of the hospital ship Maine. Envelope present. 17 Mar 1903
CHAR 28/78/24-24A Letter from ?Adare (Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Beach, California [United states]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for permission to reproduce a story [from the Anglo Saxon Review]. 04 Dec 1904
CHAR 28/78/25 Letter from Arthur Diosy (83 Sloane Street [London]) to Mrs George Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for a copy of her article about her journey in Japan in the Pall Mall Magazine [see CHAR 28/85/46-52], says that he would have liked to be able to assist in the correction of some Japanese words and comments on the truth of his predictions about the rise of Japan. 05 Jul 1904
CHAR 28/78/26 Letter from Albert Brice (The Japan Society, 20 Hanover Square, London) to Mrs George Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her whether she would donate a copy of her article about her journey in Japan in the Pall Mall Magazine [see CHAR 28/85/46-52] to the Library. 05 Jul 1904
CHAR 28/78/27 Letter from Louise Margaret [Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn](Royal Hospital, Dublin [Ireland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she recommends Dr Rees who has treated the Duke [of Connaught and Strathearn] and says that she hopes that she has recovered from flu. 10 Apr 1904
CHAR 28/78/28 Letter from Louise Margaret [Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn](Royal Hospital, Dublin [Ireland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she accepts an invitation and reports that the Royal Visit to Ireland was successful. 01 May 1904
CHAR 28/78/29 Letter from John Morley (Flowermead, Wimbledon Park [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he declines an invitation. 07 Aug 1904
CHAR 28/78/30 Card from John Morley (Flowermead, Wimbledon Park [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to send him proofs of a book by WSC. 26 Aug 1904
CHAR 28/78/31 Card from John Morley (Flowermead, Wimbledon Park [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for sending him some papers and asks her to tell WSC to invite himself to see him. 03 Sep 1904
CHAR 28/78/32 Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn](Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a photograph of himself [not present] and complimenting her on WSC's appointment as Under Secretary of State for the Colonies. 17 Dec 1905
CHAR 28/78/33 Letter from Margaret (H M S Essex, Gibraltar) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for her letter, says that she has had a good journey and that she hopes to see her in London. 21 Mar 1905
CHAR 28/78/34 Letter from Margaret (Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the present of a jewel case. 23 May 1905
CHAR 28/78/35-36 Letter from Vera ?Rared to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks her for a picture, says that she is glad that [Lady Randolph] enjoyed Ireland and reports that her health is improving. Envelope present. 10 Mar 1905
CHAR 28/78/37 Letter from Albert Spotts (Mifflin, Pennsylvania [United States]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has named his child Jennie Jerome as a tribute to her. 02 Sep 1905
CHAR 28/78/38 Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is delighted that she would like to publish his letter about the flag given to the hospital ship Maine in her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"]. 17 Jul 1906
CHAR 28/78/39 Postcard from Paul Bourget and Minnie Bourget to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy new year. Illustrated with a drawing of the Promenade de Longchamp [Paris]. 28 Dec 1906
CHAR 28/78/40 Letter from W F Brown (on the notepaper of Derwent Hall, Sheffield [Yorkshire]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a memorial card to [Pearl] Craigie [not present] and commenting on the sadness of her death and the strength of the friendship between her and [Lady Randolph]. 20 Sep 1906
CHAR 28/78/41 Letter from Nicholas Butler (Columbia University in the City of New York [United States]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to congratulate WSC on his successful election for Manchester North West. 16 Jan 1906
CHAR 28/78/42-43 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](Salisbury Hall, St Albans [Hertfordshire]) to Mr Lumley [her solicitor] objecting to his mismanagement of her affairs and his decision to withhold money due to her to settle an account and requesting that he should forward documents relating to Lord Randolph Churchill's will. 06 Apr 1906
CHAR 28/78/44 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](Sunderland House, Mayfair [London]) to ?Swiftly concerning the separation of Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough] from "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough]. She comments that Consuelo had "brought the whole thing on herself" and on the reaction of society "How the women who have had 20 lovers & are kept by rich Jews et autres will be virtuously shocked..". 16 Oct [1906]
CHAR 28/78/45 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](12 Bolton Street [London]) to Consuelo [Duchess of Marlborough, later Consuelo Balsan] in which she says that she has been "deeply wounded" by Consuelo's treatment of her, describes the strength of their friendship and comments "you are not in a position to alienate a friend" [a reference to her separation from Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough]. 02 Nov 1906
CHAR 28/78/46 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston] (Kedleston [Derbyshire]) to[Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her sympathy in his "utter desolation" [a reference to the death of his wife, Mary Curzon]. 21 Jul 1906
CHAR 28/78/47-48 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston] (Kedleston [Derbyshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements for a memorial to the late Pearl Craigie, suggests the names of people she should contact and says that he is occupied organising a memorial to Mary [Lady Curzon]. 06 Oct 1906
CHAR 28/78/49 Letter from Millicent [Duchess of Sutherland](Langwell [Caithness, Scotland]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] agreeing to be a member of a Committee to commemorate Pearl Craigie, suggesting that a scholarship at the Royal College of Music might be appropriate and remarking that Mrs Ward was not a "special friend" to Pearl Craigie. 07 Oct 1906
CHAR 28/78/50 Letter from Ellen Terry (215 Kings Road, Chelsea [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for being unable to attend the first meeting of a Committee to commemorate Pearl Craigie and explains that she will be rehearsing with George Bernard Shaw on the date of the next meeting. Annotated "dictated". 15 Dec 1906
CHAR 28/78/51 Letter from J Fisher Unwin (1 Adelphi Terrace, London) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing an advance copy of a book by Pearl Craigie. Signed typescript. 21 Aug 1906
CHAR 28/78/52 Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn](Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy christmas and saying that he has bought her a box as a present in return for her hospitality. 20 Dec 1907
CHAR 28/78/53-54 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](Le Bastide, Beaulieu [France]) to an unidentified correspondent in which she discusses her philosophy about the certainty of betrayal and the nature of men and ends by declaring her hatred of all of them. 27 Mar 1907
CHAR 28/78/55 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston](The Priory, Reigate [Surrey]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is sending her an enamel as a memento of Mary [Lady Curzon]. 30 Jan 1907
CHAR 28/78/56 Letter from [Lord Curzon, later Lord Curzon of Kedleston](The Priory, Reigate [Surrey]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been unable to consider the question of having a private secretary due to illness but promises to see Mr Shot. 18 Mar 1907
CHAR 28/78/57 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston](Munden, Watford [Hertfordshire] to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her. 07 May 1907
CHAR 28/78/58 Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn](Bagshot Park, Surrey) to Mrs West to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to see her and commenting on the marriage of "Jack" [John S Churchill to Lady Gwendeline Churchill formerly Lady Gwendeline Bertie]. 10 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/78/59 Letter from Arthur [Duke of Connaught and Strathearn](Bagshot Park, Surrey) to Mrs West to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is disappointed that she is unable to visit them and congratulates her on WSC's engagement to Clementine Hozier [later CSC]. 13 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/78/60 Card from [Marquis de Breteuil](Bevilliers Breteuil, T Chevreuse, Boullay les Troux, Seine et Oise [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has just written to WSC about his forthcoming marriage, asks her opinion and says that he is always interested in her news. Signed with initials. 15 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/78/61 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [later Lord Curzon of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is going to take "special treatments" for his health but hopes to be able to unveil the memorial to [Pearl] Craigie in June. 03 Mar 1908
CHAR 28/78/62-63 Letter from Henry James (Reform Club, Pall Mall [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his experience of giving a lecture tour to various Ladies Clubs in the United States and says that if he had chosen a more personal subject his lectures would have been more popular. He gives advice about the financial gain she would be likely to receive, suggests that she could draw on material excluded from her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"],and gives his impressions of his audiences. 05 Oct 1908
CHAR 28/78/64 Letter from Gustave Kissel (15 West Sixteenth Street, New York [United States]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that [Claude] Moliere used to seek criticism of his work from his washerwoman and thus asks whether she would accept his criticism of her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"]. He compliments her on the book, but recommends that she should expand it and include a fuller account of her work on the hospital ship Maine. 30 Nov 1908
CHAR 28/78/65 Letter from Jack [Shane] Leslie(19 Rue Juste Lipse, Louvain, Belgium) to Aunt Jane [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letter; reports that he has been studying the history of strikes and trade unions; says that he would like her to help him if he ever stood for election; encloses an account of debates at Cambridge [not present] which he says must not be shown to his family and says that he would be grateful for any books which she might send him. 15 Nov 1908
CHAR 28/78/66 Letter from Jack [Shane] Leslie(19 Rue Juste Lipse, Louvain, Belgium) to Aunt Jane [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is writing partly "because I have your housemaid's resignation on my conscience", compliments her on her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"] and describes his surroundings as "austere". 08 Nov 1908
CHAR 28/78/67 Letter from Louise Margaret [Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn](Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a copy of her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"]. 08 Nov 1908
CHAR 28/78/68 Letter from [1st Lord] Redesdale (Batsford Park, Moreton in Marsh [Gloucestershire]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he was impressed by WSC's "winning ways" and expresses pleasure at WSC's future marriage to Clementine [Hozier, later CSC]. 20 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/78/69 Letter from Blanche [Lady] Airlie (Airlie Castle, Clythe [Scotland]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] congratulating her on WSC's engagement to Clementine [Hozier, later CSC] and commenting on her fondness for Clementine. 17 Aug 1908
CHAR 28/78/69A Letter from an unidentified correspondent (Steephill Castle, Ventnor, Isle of Wight) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her efforts in organising a memorial to Pearl [Craigie]. 08 Jul 1908
CHAR 28/78/70 Letter from [Evan Charteris](Gosford, Longniddry [East Lothian, Scotland]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] congratulating her on WSC's marriage to CSC, commenting "you have married your two sons in a way that wld make the mothers of most daughters green". [1908]
CHAR 28/78/71 Letter from Thomas Bryant (166 Wells Road, Bristol) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he congratulates her on her book "The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill" and says that he was a supporter of Lord Randolph Churchill. 20 Oct 1909
CHAR 28/78/72 Letter from de Fleury (23 Rue Jacob [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is working on a review of her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"]. 17 Dec 1909
CHAR 28/78/73 Draft letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to [Queen Alexandra, earlier Alexandra Princess of Wales] offering her sympathy on the death of King Edward VII and commenting "He was a great King & a loveable man". 09 May 1910
CHAR 28/78/74 Letter from Charles [Kinsky](1 Freiung 4, Vienna [Austria]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in reply to her letter on the death of his wife [Elizabeth Kinsky], commenting "I should feel small before her indeed...if I was to give way", and promising to read her book ["The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill"]. Signed typescript. 23 Apr 1909
CHAR 28/78/75 Letter from Charlotte Knollys [Bedchamber Woman to Queen Alexandra] (Studeley Royal, Ripon [Yorkshire]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that Queen Alexandra will send some "things" from her school at Sandringham [Norfolk] to her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"]. 16 Aug 1911
CHAR 28/78/76 Letter from [Lord] Knollys (Buckingham Palace) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that King [George V] will consider using the funds of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre for her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and that he will be unable to see [Sir] Seymour Fortescue before leaving the country. 07 Nov 1911
CHAR 28/78/77 Letter from "Winnie" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland] (3 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she regrets that she is unable to attend her play ["His Borrowed Plumes"] and that she has heard that it has been a success. 08 Jul 1909
CHAR 28/78/78 Letter from Georges Rive (Bibliotheque Mazarine, 23 Quai Conti [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he regrets that he is unable to see her and gives the times at which he might be available. 11 Feb 1909
CHAR 28/78/79-80 Letter from "DD" [Edith Lyttelton] (16 Great College Street, Westminster [London]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the financing of her scheme ["Shakespeare's England"]. Typescript signed with initials. 02 Aug 1911
CHAR 28/78/81-83 Draft letter from Jennie C W [Lady Randolph Churchill](Coombe Abbey, Coventry [Warwickshire]) to "DD" [Edith Lyttelton] in which she discusses a proposed exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] including the likelihood of financial success, her own position and the necessity of expanding the executive committee. 05 Aug 1911
CHAR 28/78/84-86 Draft letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Lord Furness in which she says that she would be grateful of his assistance in organising the insurance for her scheme ["Shakespeare's England"], explains that her proposals are almost ready and says that [WSC] is going to make a "strong speech" at the Guildhall [London]. 09 Nov 1911
CHAR 28/78/87 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Lord Furness in which she encloses a copy of a letter she has written to Mr Rutherford [see CHAR 28/78/88-89] and informs him that her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] has been assisted by an agreement to build four houses and a 16th century exhibition organised by "several French ladies of great importance". Manuscript in the hand of a secretary. 23 Dec 1911
CHAR 28/78/88-89 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Mr Rutherford in which she expresses surprise at a request for a guarantee, discusses the progress of her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and the possibility of financial success and informs him that she has written to Lord Furness [see CHAR 28/78/87]. Typescript. 23 Dec 1911
CHAR 28/78/90 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Sir Henry in which she asks him to guarantee her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] with the sum of 8,000 pounds and asks him to telegraph his response. Typescript. 12 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/78/91 Letter from Charlotte Knollys [Bedchamber Woman to Queen Alexandra](Marlborough House [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she has shown her drawings to Queen [Alexandra] but has not had the opportunity to show them to King [George V]. 06 Nov 1911
CHAR 28/78/92 Notepaper annotated " Mrs West's [Lady Randolph Churchill] letters". c 1911