Acquired Papers. Letters from various correspondents to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes items relating to World War I. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/84

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Date: 1914

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CHAR 28/84/1 Letter from [1st Lord] Sandhurst, the Lord Chamberlain (Crompton Place, Eastbourne, Sussex) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he will assist her with the process of changing of her name by deed poll. 15 Jan 1914
CHAR 28/84/2 Letter from "C" [Lord Curzon of Kedleston](Hackwood, Basingstoke [Hampshire]) to Lady Randolph Churchill discussing her change of name and inviting her to visit. 30 Jan 1914
CHAR 28/84/3 Letter from "Eddie" [Edward Marsh](Admiralty, Whitehall) to "B M" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he informs her that [N W] Diggle has gone to China, commenting "your hopes...are vain"; says that WSC is excelling himself in naval discussions, and has impressed [Sir Edward Grey]; comments that WSC has been indispensable to the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later Lord Oxford and Asquith] and on relations between WSC and "E G" [Sir Edward Grey]. 31 Jan 1914
CHAR 28/84/4 Letter from Vittoria [Duchess of Sermoneta] (Palazzo Caetani, Rome [Italy]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she enjoyed having her to stay, describes her work with tableaux from which she hopes to make 720 pounds, and discusses the illness of her children and the infatuation of "Sangro" for [Shelagh, Duchess of Westminster, earlier Shelagh Cornwallis-West] which she describes as "a St Moritz affair". 03 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/84/5 Letter from [1st Lord] Sandhurst, the Lord Chamberlain, to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he thanks her for her note and says that he is keeping a place for her in court. 16 Apr 1914
CHAR 28/84/6-7 Letter from "Montie" [Montagu Porch](R M S Mendi) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he describes his travelling companions, a soldier servant and a puppy, discusses his hopes for his stay in Nigeria, asks for a photograph of her and a copy of her essay on friendship and says that he hopes to win her friendship. 16 May 1914
CHAR 28/84/8-9 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to Jenny [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he declines an invitation. Envelope present. 09 Jul 1914
CHAR 28/84/10 Card from [5th Lord Rosebery](Dalmeny House, Edinburgh [Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he was abroad when her play ["The Bill"] was performed and says that he would like to read it. Manuscript signed with initials. 14 Jul 1914
CHAR 28/84/11 Card from [5th Lord Rosebery](Dalmeny House, Edinburgh [Scotland]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will be unable to attend her play ["The Bill"]. Manuscript signed with initials. 09 Jul 1914
CHAR 28/84/12 Small photograph of George Cornwallis West or Montagu Porch. c 1914
CHAR 28/84/12A Letter from Mary Chamberlain (Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her sympathy on the death of [Joseph Chamberlain]. 21 Jul 1914
CHAR 28/84/13 Newspaper cutting from the New York World in which the possibility that Lady Randolph Churchill might marry Hugh Warrender is discussed and WSC's objection to it is remarked upon as it might confer "an air of levity" to the family. 26 Jul 1914
CHAR 28/84/14 Letter from Ralph Hope Vere (London Aerodrome, Hendon) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for the trouble she took over him and saying that his appointment was processed smoothly by the Admiralty. 22 Aug 1914
CHAR 28/84/15-16 Letter from Vittoria [Duchess of Sermoneta] to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of the outbreak of the First World War; Italian neutrality and hostility towards Austria; feelings of relief at the death of the Kaiser [Wilhelm II] experienced by the Italian nobility; the recall of the Austrian Ambassador in Italy who had refused to receive her family; problems faced by her friends who had to return to Italy after the declaration of war and the departure of [Count Albert] Mensdorff [Pouilly, Austro-Hungarian Ambassador] from London, about which she comments "It must nearly have killed him!". 29 Aug 1914
CHAR 28/84/17 Letter from Hugh Warrender (Serge Hill, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he gives her an address for Eleanor Warrender], discusses the likelihood that he will be gazetted to a battalion, describes his billet, and [General] Ian Hamilton's announcement that they will go to the [Western] Front. 17 Sep [1914]
CHAR 28/84/18-19 Letter from Hugh Warrender (H M S King George V, c/o G P O London) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he comments on her talent for decorating houses, discusses the positions which Germans have occupied in society, German naval strategy, the position of Italy, and his resentment at George [Cornwallis] West being given a position . Envelope present marked "Passed Ship Censor". 17 Sep 1914
CHAR 28/84/20 Letter from "Montie" [Montagu Porch](Tati river east of Takum, near Anglo Saxon Boundary, Muri Province, Nigeria) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he discusses his appointment as Intelligence Officer, fighting at Takum, the casualties, his responsibilities and the bravery of the native troops. 05 Oct 1914
CHAR 28/84/21-22 Letter from Georges Rive (Bibliotheque Mazarine, 23 Quai Conti [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including discussion of the war. 09 Oct 1914
CHAR 28/84/23 Letter from Henry Tonks (Hill Hall, Theydon Mount, Epping [Essex]) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he says that he would like to see her in London and stresses the importance of promoting a "cheerful spirit" during the war. 14 Oct 1914
CHAR 28/84/24 Newspaper cutting from the Northern Standard which describes memorial services in Glaslough [County Monaghan, Ireland] and in London for Norman Leslie and which includes an excerpt from his last letter to Shane Leslie describing his life in the trenches. 07 Nov 1914
CHAR 28/84/25 Letter from the Foreign Office to Lady Randolph Churchill in response to her enquiry relaying information from the United States consul at Kehl [Germany] that an unidentified Englishman has been taken prisoner by the Germans and has probably been taken to a concentration camp at Ruhleben, Berlin [Germany]. Printed form with typescript and manuscript additions. 26 Nov 1914
CHAR 28/84/26 Letter from "Winnie" [Winifred, Duchess of Portland](43 Avenue Henri Martin [Paris, France]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she describes her impressions of wartime Boulogne, Dunquerque and Paris. She comments on the open theatres and restaurants and the optimistic mood in Paris and says that she enjoyed discussing the war situation with her and receiving news from [WSC from] the Admiralty. 03 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/27 Letter from Edward Elgar (Severn House, 42 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill inviting her to listen to the Carillon. 04 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/28 Letter from Edward Marsh (Admiralty, Whitehall) to "B M" [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a letter from Moss Blundell [see CHAR 28/84/29] concerning the origin of a story in the Spy. 08 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/29 Letter from Moss Blundell (Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, 4 Whitehall Place [London]) to [Edward] Marsh concerning the origin of rumours about Lady Randolph Churchill, asserting that his step daughter heard from them from members of the Paddington Voluntary Aid Detachment at Boulogne [France]. Covering letter at CHAR 28/84/28. 08 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/30 Letter from "Star" [7th Lord Falmouth](2 St James' Square [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for thinking of him and comments on the death of his son. 14 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/31 Card from the Aga Khan (General's House, Cairo, Egypt) to Lady Randolph Churchill wishing her a happy Christmas. 18 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/32 Letter from [Lord] Fisher (Admiralty, Whitehall) to Lady Randolph Churchill in which he declines a dinner invitation as he goes to bed at 9.30 and gets up at 3.30 and comments "Winston [WSC] is quite enough dissipation for me!" In green pencil. 13 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/33-34 Letter from Oswald [Frewen](H M S Lookout, Third Flotilla) to Auntie Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a thermos and describing Christmas day including the vivid impression made by anti aircraft fire and the approach of a zeppelin and the "heroics" of his engineer. 28 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/35 Letter from George to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the present of a lamp and asking her to send his love to "Goonie" [Gwendeline Churchill]. 30 Dec 1914
CHAR 28/84/36 Letter from an unidentified correspondent (Serge Hill, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] commenting on the birth of [Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Oliver, Sarah Beauchamp and Sarah, Lady Audley] and asking her to use her influence with WSC at the Admiralty to recall an unidentified man and to ask questions abut the war situation. [1914]