Acquired Papers: Letters and telegrams from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill mainly relating to his visit to South Africa in search of gold (see also material contained in CHAR 28/54). All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 28/11

Part of: CHAR 28
Next record: CHAR 28/12
Previous record: CHAR 28/10

Date: 1891 - 1891

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CHAR 28/11/1 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Assou [Algeria]) to Lady Randolph Churchill wishing her a happy new year. 02 Jan 1891
CHAR 28/11/2-3 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Denderah, Dahabeah, "Ammon-Ra" [Egypt]) to Lady Randolph Churchill thanking her for her letter and describing the expeditions he has made and giving the names of the party of people he has met. He also expresses concern about [Leonard Jerome] and discusses arrangements to meet her in Marseilles [France]. Contains transcription instructions. 06 Jan 1891
CHAR 28/11/4-5 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Turf Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has instructed [Elizabeth] Everest to write to her about domestic affairs and that he has decided that Moreton [Frewen] should not accompany him to South Africa and to withdraw from the "gold crusher [machine]" [patented by Moreton Frewen]. He also describes his social engagements. 14 Mar 1891
CHAR 28/11/6 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Welbeck Abbey, Worksop, Nottinghamshire) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing those present at the party, reporting on his success at the races and discussing arrangements to go to [London] with her the following week. 17 Mar 1891
CHAR 28/11/7-8 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard [Bedfordshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that they should not continue "disputing over our respective rights & wrongs" as he had been angry at her "extreme heedlessness". He describes those present at the party, who include [Henry] Chaplin and [Lord] Hartington [later 8th Duke of Devonshire] and his lack of success at the races. 02 Apr 1891
CHAR 28/11/9-11 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Government House, Cape Town [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his concern about [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough's] health; a description of his voyage and his companions, [Hugh] Rayner, Gwynydd [Williams] and [H] Perkins; an outline of their travel plan; the helpfulness and hospitality of [Cecil] Rhodes and [Alfred] Beit; his hopes to do "good business" in Johannesburg and to find out about gold mines from Gardner Williams; a list of the personnel, servants and livestock for his expedition; and his poor opinion of his first letter to the [Daily] Graphic. 16 May 1891 - 21 May 1891
CHAR 28/11/12 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Government House, Cape Town [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of his stay with [Cecil] Rhodes, Sir Sidney Shippard and [Alfred] Beit; fighting between the British against Portuguese and natives; plans for his expedition; his decision to decline an invitation to make a parliamentary speech; letters to the Daily Graphic and his relief at [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough's] recovery. 25 May 1891
CHAR 28/11/13 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Kimberley [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his concern at [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough's] illness; observations on the political situation in Britain and the appointment of W H Smith as Warden of the Cinque Ports; a description of his visit to diamond mines; his decision to invest some of the syndicate's money in De Beers' shares and concern over the amount of money that has been spent; his opinion about [Joseph] Chamberlain quoting his opinions about South Africa; Gwynydd [Williams'] help with his letters to the [Daily] Graphic and a description of a shooting expedition. 30 May 1891
CHAR 28/11/14-15 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Johannesburg [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of his uncomfortable journey from Kimberley; his concern at a telegram from [1st Lord] Rothschild about the position of the syndicate; the helpfulness and hospitality of [Alfred] Beit and observations on the British political situation and the relations with the Boers and the Portuguese. 06 Jun 1891
CHAR 28/11/16 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Johannesburg [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of a visit to nearby gold mines; his decision to postpone investing in any mines until [H] Perkins has finished his scientific investigation; the trouble he takes over his letters to the [Daily] Graphic; and his opinions about the fortune of his racehorses and the British political situation. 10 Jun 1891
CHAR 28/11/17-18 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of a visit to silver mines; his poor relationship with other members of the syndicate; his opinion of [Alfred] Beit and his travel plans. 17 Jun 1891
CHAR 28/11/19 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Johannesburg [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: descriptions of his activities at game hunting, letters to the Daily Graphic, travel plans and details of his investments; his relief at not being involved with the Tories; and his pleasure at a "capital letter" he has received from WSC. 26 Jun 1891
CHAR 28/11/20-21 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Pretoria [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey, anticipates that his letters to the Daily Graphic will anger the Boers, and praises Gwynydd [Williams] as a secretary and discusses [Lady Randolph's] activities in London. 02 Jul 1891
CHAR 28/11/22-23 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Pietersberg [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey and the amusement provided by cooking his own food, and relates a comment which he made to Gwynydd [Williams his secretary] that business was progressing so well that he felt like Polycrates. 07 Jul 1891
CHAR 28/11/24 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ("In Camp", Fort Tuli [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey and living conditions, comments on the success of the expedition, outlines his plans for game hunting, and speculates on the effect of his letters to the Daily Graphic. 14 Jul 1891
CHAR 28/11/25-26 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ("In Camp near Umjinge river" [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his success at game hunting and an encounter with lions, reports that they have almost run out of provisions and expresses his pleasure at the letters he has received. 29 Jul 1891 - 31 Jul 1891
CHAR 28/11/27-30 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ("La Outspanned on the Umfuli River 20 miles from Fort Charter" [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the irregularity and difficulty of communications, outlines his plans to investigate the gold fields near Fort Salisbury [Rhodesia], comments on [South African] administration as "weak ineffective & chaotic" and details his investments. He writes from Fort Salisbury giving his opinions of "Johnny" [John] Willoughby, and reports that his letters to the [Daily] Graphic about South Africa have annoyed [Cecil] Rhodes and others and informs her that he is not able to enclose the syndicate's accounts as he has discovered they are inaccurate. 14 Aug 1891 - 16 Aug 1891
CHAR 28/11/31-33 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Fort Salisbury [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports the lack of opportunity for speculating [for gold]; discusses his plans to meet the rest of the expedition and to return to England; anticipates [Cecil] Rhodes' anger at the mismanagement of the company's affairs and encloses a report [not present] for "Natty" [1st Lord Rothschild]. 01 Sep 1891
CHAR 28/11/34-35 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hartley Hill [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he sympathises with the failure of the Paddington Polytechnic, expresses his disappointment in the gold fields; describes his success at game hunting and his daily life. 13 Sep 1891
CHAR 28/11/36-38 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hartley Hill [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he relates their success in speculating for gold and his hopes for a gold field called the "Matchless"; describes game hunting; and expresses his pleasure with letters he has received from WSC although he comments that WSC should adopt "a more simple style of expressing himself". He discusses the effect of his letters to the [Daily] Graphic and the comments of the Pall Mall [Gazette] and reports that "Johnny" [John Willoughby] has left for the Zambezi [Africa]. 18 Sep 1891
CHAR 28/11/39 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Fort Salisbury [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] commenting on her news about "Billy" and "Mary", reporting that he has received a letter from [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] criticising his letters to the [Daily] Graphic, describing a waggon accident and his itinerary and commenting on the inflated prices of provisions. 29 Sep 1891
CHAR 28/11/40-41 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Fort Salisbury [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he is waiting for [Cecil] Rhodes as he would like to discuss South African issues with him, speculates on British political affairs, and enquires about WSC's French lessons. 15 Oct 1891
CHAR 28/11/42-43 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Fort Tuli [Rhodesia]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: observations on the future marriage of [Lady] Sarah [Churchill later Sarah Wilson]; advice to "Mary" [Lady Gerard] that she should forgive "Billy" [2nd Lord Gerard] commenting "what does an occasional cook or housemaid matter"; his plans for returning to England; arrangements for WSC to study during the holiday; observations on [Arthur] Balfour becoming Leader [of the House of Commons] and his own lack of enthusiasm for parliamentary matters; and comments about [Cecil] Rhodes. 07 Nov 1891
CHAR 28/11/44 Telegram from "Cassidy" on behalf of Lord Randolph Churchill (Mafeking [South Africa]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of his arrival and asking about the wedding [of Lady Sarah Churchill later Sarah Wilson to Gordon Wilson]. 23 Nov 1891
CHAR 28/11/45-46 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Mafeking [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing his disappointment at not receiving any letters from her, describing his journey, and commenting on the poor reception of his letters to the Daily Graphic and Sherwood's management of his racing stable. He observes on Arthur Balfour becoming Leader [of the House of Commons] that "Tory Democracy, the genuine article, [is] at an end... I have waited with great patience for the tide to turn but it has not turned and will not turn in my time" and expresses his disgust with politics. 23 Nov 1891 - 24 Nov 1891
CHAR 28/11/47-48 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Government House, Cape Town [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that he has delayed his departure for England, that Arthur Balfour has not replied to his telegram [in which he asked to be appointed ambassador in] Paris [France] and his resolve to abandon parliamentary politics. 09 Dec 1891
CHAR 28/11/49 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Cape Town [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he comments on [1st Lord] Dufferin [and Ava]'s appointment as ambassador to Paris [France] and Arthur Balfour's rudeness in not replying to his telegram asking him to secure him the position. He intends to resign his parliamentary seat and comments on his persistent bad luck and discusses his plans to return to England. 13 Dec 1891
CHAR 28/11/50 Filing note for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill from South Africa, [? 1891]. [1891]