Acquired Papers: Letters and telegrams from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill. Several items relate to Lord Randolph's visit to Africa. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/8

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Date: 1887 - 1888

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CHAR 28/8/1 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his voyage and previous evening spent with [3rd Lord] Sheffield and including speculations on the likelihood of war and whether Lord Randolph' departure from England has lessened the "carping" against him. 04 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/2 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, 5 Place Vendome [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a meeting with Lord Lyons, other social engagements, and his proposed itinerary. 05 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/3-4 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Regenie, Algiers [Algeria]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his journey and the hospitality of Philippe D'Alsace and Thierry D'Alsace; his planned itinerary and relief at leaving London and politics. 09 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/5 Newspaper cutting reporting Lord Randolph Churchill's arrival at Algiers [Algeria]), describing his physical characteristics and commenting that his appearance suggests that it is unlikely that illness was the reason for his leaving England. [Feb] [1887]
CHAR 28/8/6 Newspaper cutting reporting Lord Randolph Churchill's arrival at Algiers [Algeria]) accompanied by a secretary and a steward, and commenting on his resignation at a time when the British government seemed likely to go to war and was hostile towards France. [Feb] [1887]
CHAR 28/8/7 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Constantine [Algeria]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of his safe arrival and departure for Biskra [Algeria]. 12 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/8 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel D'Orient, Constantine [Algeria]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his journey from Algiers [Algeria] and intended journey to Biskra [Algeria]. He recalls being called back from Biskra on a previous occasion by news of her illness; asks after WSC and "Jack" [John S Churchill]; and expresses satisfaction that she has met and got on with "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain]. 12 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/9-10 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Biskra [Algeria]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the unpleasant weather conditions and the D'Alsace party; a request that she should not go to any parties given by [Robert, 3rd Lord] Salisbury commenting "you w[ou]ld make y[ou]rself much too cheap"; and a reproach for forgetting to send him a copy of the leading article in the Times each day. 16 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/11 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Constantine [Algeria]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of his safe arrival and giving details of his future address in Tunis [Tunisia]. 20 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/12-13 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Constantine [Algeria]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters and commenting that he would have advised her not to attend "the Salisbury dinner and dance" [hosted by Robert, 3rd Lord Salisbury]. He also discusses his pleasure at the resignation of [4th Lord] Dunraven; optimism about his political position; plans to meet "Tommy" [W H] Trafford; and requests that she should send WSC a sovereign as a reward for his "attack on the radicals" at Brighton [East Sussex] theatre. 21 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/14 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tunis [Tunisia]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that he has received her telegram and intends to leave for Palermo [Sicily] that evening. 25 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/15-16 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tunis [Tunisia]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] reporting that he has met with "Tommy" [W H] Trafford and intends to leave for Palermo [Sicily]; describing Tunis; and discussing his planned itinerary. 25 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/8/17-18 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Palermo [Sicily]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including observations on political events and the "vulgar and commonplace" speeches of W H Smith; a description of Palermo and his planned itinerary. 02 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/19 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Naples [Italy]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of his safe arrival. 12 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/20-23 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Royal, Naples [Italy]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he and "Harry T" have arrived at Naples without servants or luggage and describing his escape from cholera quarantine in Messina [Sicily] by being smuggled on a Sicilian fishing boat and driven in a mule cart, and his fear that he might have been put in prison. He also observes that [3rd Lord] Salisbury was foolish to accept Lord Randolph's resignation, criticises [W H] Smith and Arthur Balfour, and asks her to thank WSC and "Jack" [John S Churchill] for their letters. 12 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/24-25 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Naples [Italy]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing regret that he has not received any letters from her, discussing his proposed itinerary, and describing his activities. 17 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/26 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Edgeware Road [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letters and expressing his pleasure that she is remaining in Dublin [Ireland] for the races. 28 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/27 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing a future dinner engagement and asking for an explanation concerning the "beastly pony" sent to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough's] stables. [Jul] [1887]
CHAR 28/8/28 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([London] on Blenheim Palace notepaper) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing his obligation to remain in [London] and reporting society news. 22 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/29 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Street [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that his departure for Scotland has been postponed. 23 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/30 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including speculations on the government's majority and a future engagement at Gunnersbury [Park, Acton, Middlesex] with the Rothschilds. 24 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/31 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a dinner the previous evening with "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild], [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] and [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff and enclosing a Mexican stamp [not present] to give to WSC. 26 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/32 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a cheque [not present] and informing her that he has got diamonds out [of the bank] for [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough]. 27 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/33 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Novar, Evanton, Ross-shire [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing his pleasure that she has decided to remain at Cowes [Isle of Wight] as he thinks that she would find it difficult to keep WSC occupied in London, describing the hospitality of [3rd] Lord Zetland [later 1st Marquess of Zetland] and reporting that he intends to accept an invitation from [3rd] Lord Abinger. 31 Aug 1887
CHAR 28/8/34-35 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Novar, Evanton, Ross-shire [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of his lack of success at fishing; his decision not to go to Inverlochy Castle [Kingussie, Inverness-shire, Scotland]; observations on his political prospects and a "poisonous & lying" letter written by [Sir Charles] Legard to the newspapers about Lord Randolph. 04 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/36 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Novar, Evanton, Ross-shire [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters to him and requesting that she should thank WSC for his letter, approving of her decision to send "Jack" [John S Churchill] to Brighton [East Sussex] and predicting that [Sir] Charles Legard's letter [to the newspapers] will not harm him. 04 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/37 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (46 Grosvenor Square [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a pocket book and reporting that he will leave for Welbeck [Nottinghamshire] on the following day. 12 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/38-39 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Welbeck Abbey, Worksop [Nottinghamshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including the names of those present at the party and those he met at the races on the previous day and reports concerning [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]. 15 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/40 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Newburgh Priory, Easingwold, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his preparations for a speech he is to deliver in Whitby [Yorkshire], the names of those who will attend the party, who include [6th Duke of] Portland and Castlereagh [6th Lord Londonderry], the likelihood that he will have to speak at an agricultural show at Easingwold and arrangements for Edward to be appointed as footman. 19 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/41 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Newburgh Priory, Easingwold, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] advising her to decline an invitation to go to [Tower] Hamlets [London] and informing her that he is interviewing a possible footman. 20 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/42 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Newburgh, Easingwold, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a report that Castlereagh [6th Lord Londonderry] has arrived at Newburgh and the success of his speech at the Easingwold [agricultural] show. 22 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/43 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Coxwold [Yorkshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that he is going to remain with [1st Lord Grimthorpe, formerly Edmund Beckett] at Kirkstall Grange, Leeds [Yorkshire]. 24 Sep 1887
CHAR 28/8/44 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Floors Castle [Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a discussion of those present at Floors Castle and of their future plans to go to Doveridge [Derbyshire]. 02 Nov 1887
CHAR 28/8/45 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Floors Castle [Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of his success at fishing and the hospitality of the Duchess of Roxburghe [formerly Lady Bowmont and Lady Anne Churchill], although he did not like the other people present at the party, who included [1st Marquess] Breadalbane. 04 Nov 1887
CHAR 28/8/46 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Aske, Richmond, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his visit to inspect the hounds, his impressions of Richmond, and the effect of the death of Lord Wolverstone on the Grand Old Man [William Gladstone]. 07 Nov 1887
CHAR 28/8/47-48 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] reporting the names of those he has been introduced to, who include Ferry Clemenceau; a description of a visit to the opera to see "Tosca"; and excitement over the French presidential election. 02 Dec 1887
CHAR 28/8/49 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including the end of excitement in the French Chamber at the election of the new president; a meeting about the unemployed in [South] Paddington [London] which resulted in the establishment of a relief fund; his intention to see WSC when he visits Brighton [East Sussex] and an outline of his planned itinerary. 05 Dec 1887
CHAR 28/8/50 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Woodstock [Oxfordshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that he intends to leave for Tring [Hertfordshire] on [10 December]. 08 Dec 1887
CHAR 28/8/51 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for their visit to Mansfield and asking whether she has decided to accompany him to St Petersburg [Leningrad, Russia]. 10 Dec 1887
CHAR 28/8/52 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph Churchill commenting on the interesting nature of the [political] situation and informing her that he intends to leave on the following day. [Dec] [1887]
CHAR 28/8/53 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of the date he will be arriving in London and apologising for not accompanying her to Ireland. [1887]
CHAR 28/8/54 Number not used. 16 Oct 1996
CHAR 28/8/55 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Royal, Naples [Italy]) to [Frances Duchess of Marlborough] thanking her for her letters and newspaper cuttings, including a reference to an enclosure [not present] which he asks her to forward, and commenting on his lack of enthusiasm for returning to the House of Commons "and all its intrigues and stupidity". Annotated by [Frances Duchess of Marlborough] with a note to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill]. 12 Mar 1887
CHAR 28/8/56 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] instructing her to order King to take his "dressing things" to the Turf [Club]. 10 Feb 1888
CHAR 28/8/57 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cairnton, Banchory [Kincardinshire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe arrival, expressing surprise at the warm reception he received when he arrived at Aberdeen and describing the excellent champagne he has been given by Farley. 29 Mar 1888
CHAR 28/8/58 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cairnton, Banchory [Kincardinshire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters, describing his lack of success at fishing and annoyance at requests for speeches from local politicians. 01 Apr 1888
CHAR 28/8/59 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (on the notepaper of 2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] returning a letter [not present] from Lady Hardman and approving of her proposals. 03 Apr 1888
CHAR 28/8/60 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket [Suffolk]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the souvenir which she sent him and discussing his success at the races. 15 Apr 1888
CHAR 28/8/61 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket [Suffolk]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and discussing a future dinner engagement with "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild]. 03 May 1888
CHAR 28/8/62 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including discussion of the route of the train journey he is to undertake to the Pyrenees [France], comments on the emptiness of Paris, and a meeting with [Lord] Portarlington. 23 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/8/63-64 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel de la Paix, Cauterets [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including; a description of his journey and entertainments arranged by [Marquis de] Breteuil; a dinner engagement with Jeanne Granier [a French actress]; expeditions he has made and his planned itinerary. 24 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/8/65-66 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cauterets [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a visit to Gavarnie [France] with Jeanne Granier [a French actress] and his opinion of "that Parnellite Commission Bill". 24 Jul 1888
CHAR 28/8/67-68 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tarbes [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his impressions of Tarbes, [the Marquis de] Breteuil's unease at the possible effect of the arrival of Jeanne Granier, a French actress, on the local electorate; his desire that WSC should read during his school holidays and his outrage at the marriage of the Duke of Montrose. 01 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/69 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tarbes [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of: an excursion to Bagneres-de-Bigorre [France] where he met Mrs Cavendish who had known [Lady Randolph] at Pau [France], a present of small columns, and a meeting with Monsieur de Piru, a member of the Royalist party. 03 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/70 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tarbes [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a visit to Lourdes [France] which is referred to as "a monument of la betise humaine [human folly]", the departure of Jeanne Granier [a French actress] and a meeting with a man of 118 years old. 04 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/71 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Tarbes [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his impressions of the area, his hope that she may be able to see [Marquis de] Breteuil in Egham [Surrey] at the end of August and a request that she should send his love to [WSC and John S Churchill]. 06 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/72-73 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (28 Rue Francois I, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he is leaving for Trouville [France] with Gaston, where he hopes to meet "Tommy" [W H Trafford] and "'the wretched people'", approves of her decision not to allow WSC to go to Witley [Surrey], and describes the people he has met. 09 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/74 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Trouville [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he refers to meeting the "wretched people", describes his luck at the races and a dinner with "Tommy" [W H Trafford] and Gustave de Rothschild, and refers to Gaston's attachment to Madame de Miers. 11 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/75 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Trouville [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a dinner in Dieppe [France] on the previous evening with "Tommy" [W H Trafford], Gaston and Madame de Miers, expresses his sorrow at the death of her Uncle Laurence and details his plans to return to England and go to Egham [Surrey]. 16 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/76 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Paris [France]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letters and asking her to make arrangements for his return to England. 18 Aug 1888
CHAR 28/8/77 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Newburgh, Easingwold, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] detailing those present at the party who included Consuelo [?Duchess of Manchester], and [5th Lord] Rosslyn and the Duke of Cambridge; describing a visit to Fountains Abbey and Studeley [Yorkshire]; enclosing a letter [not present] from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] which he instructs her to burn and asking her to send his love to [WSC and John S Churchill]. 18 Sep 1888
CHAR 28/8/78-79 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Newburgh, Easingwold, Yorkshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hopes that "Jack" [John S Churchill] will do well at Elstree [Hertfordshire], describes the Duke of Cambridge's friendliness towards him, comments on recent speeches by "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain], gives instructions for a present to be sent to [5th] Lord Calthorpe and says that he is eager to hear her opinions of affairs at Blenheim Palace. 21 Sep 1888
CHAR 28/8/80 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Beaufort Castle, Beauly [Inverness-shire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe arrival and that he has met [Lady] Fanny [Marjoriebanks, later Lady Tweedmouth, earlier Lady Fanny Churchill], [Lady] Sarah [Churchill, later Sarah Wilson] and Lady Londonderry. He also describes the unfavourable weather conditions which will make fishing difficult and the success of his racehorse Lugaddi. 23 Sep 1888
CHAR 28/8/81-82 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cairnton, Banchory [Kincardineshire, Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] referring to the dullness of his visit to Beaufort Castle [Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland], describing the success of [his racehorse] Lugaddi and calculating when he may be able to afford a 200 guinea portrait. 30 Sep 1888
CHAR 28/8/83 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the people he has met in London and his travelling plans. 18 Oct 1888
CHAR 28/8/84 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he intends to travel to Newmarket [Suffolk] that afternoon, advising her not to spend her money on a new brougham commenting "you seem rather like Winston [WSC] about money", and describing those he has met in London who include "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild] and [Count Charles Kinsky]. 20 Oct 1888
CHAR 28/8/85 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket [Suffolk]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter, describing his success at the races where he has "cleared a monkey [o500]", relating the friendliness of [Albert Edward] Prince of Wales returning a letter [not present] from WSC. 25 Oct 1888
CHAR 28/8/86 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] detailing his social engagements and hopes for a racehorse called "Abbesse". 12 Nov 1888
CHAR 28/8/87 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing [an invitation which is not present] and asking her to accept it promptly. 11 Dec 1888
CHAR 28/8/88 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Garswood, Newton le Willows, Lancashire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his activities and asking her to send his love to [WSC and John S Churchill]. 25 Dec 1888
CHAR 28/8/89 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket [Suffolk]) to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] inviting her to dinner with himself and [Lady Randolph Churchill] and describing his lack of success at the races and the friendliness of [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]. 25 Oct 1888
CHAR 28/8/90-91 Filing notes for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill, 1887-1888. 1887 - 1888