Acquired Papers: Letters from WSC to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described. The file includes letters written from WSC from the 4th Hussars, and about his visits to New York and to Cuba to join Spanish forces which were attempting to quell a local rebellion.

Reference code: CHAR 28/21

Part of: CHAR 28
Next record: CHAR 28/22
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Date: 11 Jan 1895 - 04 Aug 1896

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CHAR 28/21/1-2 Letter from WSC (Hindlip Hall, Near Worcester) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has written to Colonel [John] Brabazon about entering a cavalry regiment and outlines his reasons for wishing to enter the cavalry and the 4th Hussars. He also says that he is trying to modify his handwriting for her and asks after [Lord Randolph Churchill's] health. 11 Jan [1895]
CHAR 28/21/3-4 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his arrival and his impressions of the regiment and the "military existence". 19 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/21/5-6 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for paying for his outfit, reporting that his name has appeared in the Gazette, that he finds the riding school "fearfully severe" and is suffering from stiffness. 20 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/21/7-8 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is suffering from stiffness and reports that he had been put in charge of 80 or 90 horses. 22 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/21/9-10 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, East Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is no longer suffering from stiffness, reports that [Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough, later Lady William Beresford] has given him "carte blanche" to get a charger, that he has seen [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough whom he describes as "not particularly malevolent" and that he has declined an invitation to speak to the electors of Barnesbury. 24 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/21/11-13 Letter from WSC ([Hotel] Metropole, Brighton [East Sussex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the guests at the hotel, who include [Arthur] Balfour, and says that he is making friends and makes observations on the "dreadful blow" to the government caused by the progressive party and the "effete condition" of the Randolph Churchill Habitation. 02 Mar 1895
CHAR 28/21/14-15 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to have cigarettes sent to her, asks whether she has any "horse furniture [saddlery]" which he may have and reports that [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] has been ill. 04 Mar 1895
CHAR 28/21/16 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a horse-riding accident and reports that [John] Milbanke is to join his regiment. 12 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/21/17-18 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains the order he placed for her cigarettes and objects to her opinion of steeplechasing as "idiotic" and "fatal", gives details of his anticipated expenses and says that he is looking forward to seeing her in Paris [France]. 15 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/21/19-21 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing financial affairs and his search for a charger; saying that he had made friends and that Dudley Marjoribanks [later 3rd Lord Tweedmouth] has been sent to Canada because of an "inconvenient desire" for an actress. 23 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/21/22 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing concern at the news of "Grandmamma" [Clara Jerome] and at the sad time experienced by his mother and asking her to write to him with information. 28 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/21/23 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing P[ost] O[ffice] O[rders] and explaining that he is occupied with a County Court case. 18 Apr [1895]
CHAR 28/21/24 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his leg is improving, apologises for not being able to deliver her messages to Sir Henry [Drummond] Wolff or Lord Wolverton, reports that Colonel [John] Brabazon has been ill and asks her to reconsider allowing a horse to run under his name. 19 Apr [1895]
CHAR 28/21/25-30 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning financial affairs in which he details the amounts he has spent and asks her to send him money to buy a charger. He also reports that his leg is improving, that he has ridden in a point to point, comments that he is glad that he has made friends and discusses horse racing and the possibility that a colt may run under his name. 27 Apr [1895]
CHAR 28/21/31-33 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs and asks her to send him money, describes the wedding of Duchess Lily [Lady William Beresford, earlier Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough] to [Lord William Beresford] and a visit to Newmarket [Suffolk] where he saw the "Allotment colt". 02 May [1895]
CHAR 28/21/34 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for sending him a cheque and discussing financial affairs, reporting that he has met Prince Alfred of Cobury and the Duke of Connaught and on progress in buying a charger. 08 May [1895]
CHAR 28/21/35 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing financial affairs and his embarrassment at not being able to pay his mess bill. 16 May [1895]
CHAR 28/21/36 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs and her possible visit. 21 May [1895]
CHAR 28/21/37-39 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs, the payment of his allowance and her irritation with him. He informs her that he is attending the levee of [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] and describes the celebrations for Queen Victoria's birthday which will be attended by "Molly" [Adela] Hacket and his progress at polo. 23 May [1895]
CHAR 28/21/40-42 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses financial affairs and his gratitude towards her, and says that he escorted the Duke of Cambridge at entertainments for the Shahzada [Nasrulla Khan] and describes the people he met who included [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]. 06 Jun [1895]
CHAR 28/21/43-46 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the charger bought for him by Duchess Lily [Lady William Beresford, earlier Lilian, Duchess of Marlborough]; discusses his plans for Ascot [races, Berkshire] and scandal over "Ronny" [Ronald] Moncrieffe; speculates about the finances of Sarah [Wilson, earlier Lady Sarah Churchill] and expresses pleasure at "Jim" [James] Baillie's electoral success. 17 Jun [1895]
CHAR 28/21/47-48 Letter from WSC (Blenheim Palace) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the races at Ascot [Berkshire], the attempts of Lady Angela [St Clair-Erskine] to "captivate" "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and a visit to the grave of "Papa" [Lord Randolph Churchill] at Bladon [Oxfordshire]. 23 Jun [1895]
CHAR 28/21/49-50 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the death of [Elizabeth] Everest from peritonitis. He says that he employed a nurse and that he thinks that his visit "made her die happy" and that he visited "Jack" [John S Churchill] and discusses [Elizabeth Everest's] importance to him and Jack. 03 Jul [1895]
CHAR 28/21/51-53 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the funeral of [Elizabeth] Everest and his sadness at her death. He says that he is looking forward to the time that he has a home, reports that he is "getting on extraordinarily well" and comments on the stigma attached to those who are forced to leave a regiment through unpopularity. 06 Jul [1895]
CHAR 28/21/54-55 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing a dinner at Government House at which he met the Duke and Duchess of York and the Duke of Connaught; his progress at polo and observations on the decline of the Radical Party in the absence of [William] Gladstone. 24 Jul [1895]
CHAR 28/21/56-58 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his life at Sandhurst, pains in his eye and a visit to Goodwood [races, West Sussex] where he met "Jim" [James] Lowther, [Alfred Edward, Prince of Wales] and [Lady Beatrice Butler]. He also makes observations on the strength of the Unionist Party and the likelihood that they may split over the issue of Protection. 03 Aug [1895]
CHAR 28/21/59-61 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mummy" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his approval of her plan to visit Switzerland; describes the effect of the arrival of a new Inspector General of Cavalry; and makes observations on a speech made by "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough], which he thinks would have impressed [Lord Randolph Churchill], and on the "game of politics" and his conviction that the army is not his "metier". 16 Aug [1895]
CHAR 28/21/62-64 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his approval of her plan to visit Switzerland with "Jack" [John S Churchill]; describes the "mental stagnation" caused by life in the army, which he alleviates by reading speeches by [Lord Randolph Churchill], his intention to study economics or modern history, and a meeting with [Henry] Norris. 24 Aug [1895]
CHAR 28/21/65-68 Letter from WSC ([4th Hussars] Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains his reasons for not wishing to study the subject of supplying army horses; discusses his education and reports that he is reading [Henry] Fawcett's writing on political economy and intends to read Gibbon and Lecky's European Morals. He also discusses the likelihood of being based at Hampton Court [Surrey], and his sadness at the deaths of [Elizabeth] Everest, [Lord Randolph Churchill and Clara Jerome]. 31 Aug [1895]
CHAR 28/21/69-70 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Aldershot [Hampshire]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a dinner with Mrs and Mrs Leo[pold de] Rothschild at Gunnersbury [Middlesex], makes observations about British positions in China, Lemnos [Greece], Africa and the difficulty of maintaining "'peace with honour'". 30 Sep [1895]
CHAR 28/21/71-72 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Hounslow [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his decision to go to America and Havana [Cuba] which he anticipates will not cost him more than o90. 04 Oct [1895]
CHAR 28/21/73 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars [Hounslow, Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes arrangements made by [1st] Lord Wolsey for his visit to Cuba. 19 Oct [1895]
CHAR 28/21/74-75 Letter from WSC (Bachelors' Club, Hamilton Place [London]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that the War Office have given him permission to go to Cuba and that he has been instructed to collect information on the efficacy of a new bullet. He also says that he intends to buy Havana cigars and that he has discussed Cuba with Tito Holden. 21 Oct [1895]
CHAR 28/21/76 Letter from WSC (4th Hussars, Hounslow [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to see her before he goes to Cuba. 22 Oct [1895]
CHAR 28/21/77 Letter from WSC (Cunard Royal Steamship "Etruria") to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he and [Reginald] Barnes have met Lady Colebrook and Gerald Paget. 02 [Nov] [1895]
CHAR 28/21/78-81 Letter from WSC (Cunard Royal Steamship "Etruria") to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the rough sea passage, comments on the dullness of travelling by sea and says that he is looking forward to reaching New York [United States]. 08 [Nov] [1895]
CHAR 28/21/82-84 Part of a letter from WSC (763, Fifth Avenue [New York, United States]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he and [Reginald] Barnes are staying with [William] Bourke Cockran; describes meeting a Supreme Court Judge, Eva [Purdy], and future engagements with Cornelius Vanderbilt and comments on the lavish hospitality extended by Americans although he says that he is not impressed with the American press or currency. 10 [Nov] [1895]
CHAR 28/21/85-89 Part of a letter from WSC (763, Fifth Avenue, New York [United States]) to "Jack" [John S Churchill] in which he gives details of his plans to travel to Havana [Cuba]; describes visits to fire stations, to court and to the "American Sandhurst" at the Forts of the Harbour and the West Point where the rules for cadets are strict. He makes observations on the American press and on the United States which he describes as "great and utilitarian" and as a country where reverence and tradition are absent. He also says that he has met "Sunny" [Charles, 9th Duke of Marlborough] and likens the American people to a "great hearty youth. 15 [Nov] [1895]
CHAR 28/21/90-91 Letter from WSC (Gran Hotel Inglaterra, Parque Central, Havana, Cuba) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey from New York [United States], says that he has met General Arderins with [Alexander] Gollan [Consul-General for Cuba] and comments that his letters [of introduction] ensure a "free pass everywhere". He speculates on the difficulty of the journey to the front and the lack of accurate information available. Two unbound typescript transcripts of the letter also contained in file CHAR 28/21. 20 Nov 1895
CHAR 28/21/92-94 Letter from WSC (Gran Hotel Inglaterra, Parque Central, Havana, Cuba) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he congratulates her on the success of a race horse; expresses his relief at having returned safely; gives an account of the fighting he was involved with at Sancti Spiritus [Cuba] under Suarez Valdez, which he also described in a letter to the Daily Graphic; reports that the general had recommended that he and [Reginald Barnes] should receive the Red Cross and comments on his own good fortune in avoiding death File CHAR 28/21 also contains two unbound typescript transcripts of the letter. 06 Dec 1895
CHAR 28/21/95 Letter from WSC (Barleythorpe, Oakham [Rutland]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he will not be able to visit her in Monte Carlo [Monaco], refers to a future expedition led by [General] Sir Redvers Buller to Khartoum [Sudan] and describes those present at the party. 06 Apr [1896]
CHAR 28/21/96-99 Letter from WSC (4th (The Queen's Own) Hussars, Hounslow [Middlesex]) to "Mamma" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to join her at Cowes [Isle of Wight] and the possibility that he may be sent to Rhodesia and "scenes of adventure and excitement" with the 9th Lancers which he says he would prefer to "useless and unprofitable exile" in India. He outlines the possible progress of his military career and the medals he might be awarded before entering politics if he could avoid going to India and asks her to use her influence with friends of [Lord Randolph Churchill]. 04 Aug [1896]
CHAR 28/21/100-106 Two typescript copies of CHAR 28/21/90-91. 20 Nov 1895
CHAR 28/21/107-116 Two typescript copies of CHAR 28/21/92-94. 06 Dec 1895