Acquired Papers. Letters from Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill to Lord Randolph Churchill. The file includes material relating to her engagement to Lord Randolph and preparations for their wedding and the letters are characterised by the inclusion of French words and phrases. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/94

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Date: Jan 1874 - Mar 1874

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CHAR 28/94/1 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she wishes him a happy new year, apologises for not posting a letter the previous day, says that she has received a card from "K" [Khinenbuller] and asks him not to be angry as "I am quite prepared to give any of them up for your sake". 01 Jan 1874
CHAR 28/94/2-4 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: sympathy at the news of the health of his aunt, Lady Portarlington; a request that he should thank [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] for her letters to [Clara Jerome] and to her; her "bitter disappointment" that he is not able to visit her as planned; a request that he should not be jealous about Khinenbuller; the coldness of his letter; and her longing to be comforted by him. 07 Jan 1874
CHAR 28/94/5-6 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: apologies for not writing to him earlier; her lack of patience; her admiration for him; a response to his objection to her mentioning Khinenbuller in her letters and gossip to the effect that their engagement had been broken off. 09 Jan [1874]
CHAR 28/94/7-9 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: thanks for his telegram; jealousy of his preoccupation with politics; her opinion of "Lettres a une inconnu" and the author's observations about [William] Gladstone and a request that he should not ignore the kisses on the page. Envelope present. 26 Jan 1874
CHAR 28/94/10-12 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her decision to be reconciled to their separation; Mr Blount and Khinenbuller's surprise that he had left; her interest in the outcome of the election [at Woodstock, Oxfordshire]; the reasons behind [Henry] Standish's membership application being refused by the Jockey Club; a promise that she will not dance at the Elysee; and her anger with Khinenbuller. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/13 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks him for his letter and says that she is glad that he is happy for her to amuse herself. Annotated "Come immediately". [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/14 Copy of a financial agreement between [Leonard] Jerome and trustees for [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill]. 21 Feb [1874]
CHAR 28/94/15-16 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses pleasure at the progress [in arrangements for their marriage]; says that she is sure that he will be elected [as MP for Woodstock, Oxfordshire] and describes a visit to the theatre. Envelope present. 30 Jan 1874
CHAR 28/94/17 Letter from [Jennie Jerome, later Lord Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses disappointment at not receiving a letter from him; wishes him success [in the election at Woodstock, Oxfordshire], says that she cannot bear to think of him being defeated by [George] Brodrick and that she understands if he is too busy to write to her. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/18-20 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: disappointment that [George] Brodrick has decided to stand as a candidate [in the Woodstock, Oxfordshire election]; regret at her abuse of Khinenbuller; her confidence in the happiness of their future; her anger at being treated like a child by him and request that he should tell her his troubles; an invitation from the Prefet de la Seine; her desire to assist him with the election; her reading; a fancy dress ball which Miss Clark is to attend; and her fondness for Pau [France]. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/21 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that the weather has made her depressed and that she has spent the day with Khinenbuller. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/22-23 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is worried by his failure to write to her because of his preoccupation with the election. Envelope present. 01 Feb 1874
CHAR 28/94/24-25 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for writing "cross letters" to him; reports that "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] is likely to return in April and suggests that they should be married then; comments on the impudence of Monsieur de Galand; says that she is excited by newspaper reports on the forthcoming election although she could not bear to address "those abominable radicals" and asks for information about his activities and the popularity of [George] Brodrick. [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/26-28 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for his letter and one from [Frances] Duchess [of Marlborough] which has made her confident of his success in the forthcoming election [at Woodstock, Oxfordshire]; an instruction to give up smoking and rest; a visit from ?Francis who has said that she looks Spanish and a request that he should telegraph the result of the election. Envelope present. [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/29-31 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: the pain of being separated from him; her concern about the strength of his feelings for her; a visit to Mrs Moulton's; Khinenbuller's engagement with [Helene] Standish and her anxiety to hear the result of the election [at Woodstock, Oxfordshire]. Envelope present. 02 Feb 1874
CHAR 28/94/32 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue du Roi de Rome [Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is depressed because of her anxiety about the result of the election [at Woodstock, Oxfordshire] and by living in a new house, expresses interest in his speech and thanks him for his letter. [03] [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/33-34 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she describes a dinner with her parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough], asks him to thank them for a present and discusses the possibility of renting a house in Curzon Street. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/35-36 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue du Roi de Rome [Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses an evening with [Prince de] Sagan, Mr Rice and [?7th Lord] Delawarr, monograms for spoons and reports that her writing paper has arrived. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/37-39 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is looking forward to seeing him and that she hopes that they do not quarrel; discusses a dinner with several people including Mr Blount and Comte ?Helly-Clapande and suggests that he should stay at the Hotel D'Alba. Envelope present. 08 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/40-41 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses an invitation to a ball from the Presidents du Tribunal at de la Chambre de Commerce, asks about his plans to go to Blenheim and reports that she is going to try on "the famous red dress". Envelope present. 05 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/42-45 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her hope that he was not disappointed at not seeing her that morning; linen for their house and the importance of arranging furniture in a house; their future happiness when married; and her shame at having teased him. Envelope present. 06 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/46-47 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: an apology for not for missing a post; a discussion with his uncle about their visit to the United States; an imminent visit from [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] and her hope that they are friends; dancing in the afternoon with Mr Hoffman. Envelope at CHAR 28/94/49. 07 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/48 Newspaper cutting [from The Figaro] of a column written by "Le Monsieur des Salons" which reports that a young American woman [Jennie Jerome] is to marry the second son of [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] who is incorrectly called Sir Frederick Charluci. Covering letter at CHAR 28/94/50-53. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/49 Envelope addressed to Lord Randolph Churchill. See CHAR 28/94/46-47. 07 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/50-53 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: a visit from [Henry] Standish and Lord Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; his lack of resemblance to his brother [Blandford] whom she considers looks like Mr Robbins; reference to an enclosed newspaper cutting [see CHAR 28/94/48] ; his replacement in Helene Standish's affections by his brother; dresses which [Prince de] Sagan thinks will make her "the prettiest woman in London" and reminiscences of him instructing her to go to bed. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/54 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses concern at the news that he is ill, comments on her affection for his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] and on the fact that none of his family are to attend their wedding. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/55-58 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her liking for his brother [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; difficulty in practising the piano because of the pain caused by her hand; discussion of wedding guests from his family as Lord Portarlington is unable to attend; a request for news from Blenheim and that he should not smoke. Envelope present. 11 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/59-61 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: a reprimand for forgetting enclosures to his letters; her cold; dancing with Count Zeilirenher; an engagement that evening at which Khinenbuller is to be present and her dresses. Envelope present. 13 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/62-64 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue du Roi de Rome, Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her cold; discussion of the possibility of their renting a house in Curzon Street and cutlery; reassurance that the absence of his family from their wedding does not matter; the absence of letters from "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] and the irregularity of the post. 12 [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/65-66 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for writing a short letter, complains of a cold, comments on her opinion of [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] and reports that some pearls have arrived from New York. Envelope present. 15 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/67-71 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her sufferings with a cold; anger at a "cross and unkind" letter from him; his contradiction of his instructions to enjoy herself and anger at the news that she has attended dances; her doubts about his feelings for her; the likelihood that none of his family, apart from [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough], will attend the wedding; the arrangement of financial settlements and renting a house in Curzon Street. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/72-73 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue du Roi de Rome [Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is better, describes an evening with [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] and [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames and asks about the truth of rumours that his sister [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe] is engaged to Lord Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]. Envelope present. 16 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/74-76 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of the staffing requirements for their future home and agreement that they should employ a French chef; disappointment that Madame Becharet is not considered "quire proper"; a promise to send a ring and discussion of possible dates for their wedding. Envelope present. 17 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/77-80 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for his letter; discussion of the suitability of Joseph as a butler and staffing requirements for their future home; a promise to write to his sisters to thank them for wedding presents; difficulty in sending a ring as she is not well enough to go out; her superstition about the meaning of his dreams; a threat that she will find someone to flirt with if he flirts with Madame Becharet; her doubts about the strength of Henry Standish's friendship and a dress from Worth. Envelope present. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/81-86 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for gloves, bracelets and a comment on an item featuring an eagle; a present from his brother [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; discussion of pearls; disappointment at not receiving a letter from him; Lord Blandford's poetry composition and comment on the suitability of him attending the theatre with Madame Becharet who is not received and who is thought "decidedly fast". Envelope present. 19 Mar [1874]
CHAR 28/94/87-89 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: objection to his interpretation of her remark about flirting with his brother [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; reassurance of her care in dealing with him; discussion of dates for their wedding; her cold; hopes for a satisfactory resolution of the situation between [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe] and Lord Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]; a request for more writing paper and for him to visit. The second page of this letter is CHAR at 28/94/89. [19] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/90-94 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: apologies for not sending him a letter; reminiscences about Rosetta [Cottage, Isle of Wight] ; the pain of being separated from him; her boredom with shopping; her anger at him laughing at his brother [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] and a theological discussion with [Charles, Comte de Fitzjames]; denial of the vulgarity of Consuelo [Yznaga, later Consuelo Duchess of Manchester]; problems in arranging their marriage and discussion of wedding gifts and of [Prince de] Sagans' success at racing. Envelope present. 23 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/95-97 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: a visit to a premier at the theatre; a letter from Colonel Carlton; a request that he should order clothes for "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] and the death of Boscany. Envelope present. 24 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/98-101 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of arrangements for their wedding and her desire to have the religious ceremony in a church rather than the English Embassy; horseriding; gossip about [Henry] Standish and [Helene] Standish and about [Lord Randolph] and complaint about his "scrappy" letters to her. Envelope present. 25 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/102-105 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: sympathy on the death of [4th] Lord Rossmore; the illness of [Clara Jerome]; gifts of a photograph frame and a tea service; complaint about his short letters to her and the decline in her influence over him and her hope to go to the races at Longchamps with him. Envelope present. 30 Mar 1874
CHAR 28/94/106-108 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her opinion of Consuelo [Yznaga, later Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester] and the fact that allowances must be made for her "wretched education"; arrangements for the arrival of "Papa" [Leonard Jerome]; the clash of their wedding with another society wedding; a recommendation that he should not see so much of [Henry] Standish; discussion of the behaviour of Lord Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] towards [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe]. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/109 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she asks him to make "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] order some "proper clothes" for their wedding, discusses Lord Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough's] opinion of her and says that she has written to Lady Camden [formerly Lady Clementine Churchill]. [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/110-111 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses pleasure that he is to arrive soon, warns him not to "have it out with" [Henry] Standish, discusses lockets for Clara [Jerome later Clara Frewen] and Leonie [Jerome, later Lady Leslie]; says that she will not marry him unless he allows her to do as she likes. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/112 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue du Roi de Rome[Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is looking forward to the ending of their engagement, scolds him for flirting with Madame Becharet and says that she has not ordered her wedding dress. [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/113-114 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is tired of looking at monograms; expresses pleasure at the news of the engagement of [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe to Lord Bowmont, later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]; discusses her opinion of Khinenbuller and says that she has received a present from Consuelo [Yznaga, later Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester]. 27 [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/94/115 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](5 Avenue de Roi de Rome [Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for writing a short letter and reports that Lord Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] has left. [1874]