Acquired Papers: Letters from Lord Randolph Churchill to Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]. Includes material on their relationship and engagement, Lord Randolph's canvassing activities in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and the visit of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales to Blenheim Palace. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/3/1 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Normanton Park, Stamford) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of a ring he has had made for her; the names of those present at Normanton Park (Bill Carrington and his wife, Sir Henry and Lady Cotterell and Augustus Lumley) and his pleasure that she has read an article [about British politics]. [04] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/2-3 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Normanton Park, Stamford) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his success at shooting hares and partridges; the death of Colonel Thomas' daughter; and the possibility that he may not have to go to Sandringham [Norfolk]. [05] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/4-5 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Normanton Park, Stamford) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his apologies for remonstrating her for not writing to him and Mrs [Bill] Carrington's good opinion of her. [06] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/6-7 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Normanton Park, Stamford) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of his luck in a game of whist; the shooting at Normanton Park; and a request that she explain why she hates Mrs Adare. [07] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/8-10 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] hoping that a ring he has sent her has arrived safely; and suggesting that she should buy him a box in which to store letters. He asks that she should inform him about the "Bazaine trial" and discusses the likelihood that the Solicitor General will be dismissed for bribery and the uncertain state of affairs in Paris [France]. 09 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/11-12 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his future visit to Paris [France] to meet [Leonard Jerome] and hopes that they may be married in May or June of the following year. 10 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/13-14 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his future visit to Paris [France], his anxiousness that her father [Leonard Jerome] should like him and his suspicion that she is jealous of Mrs [Bill] Carrington. 11 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/15 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his hope that her mother [Clara Jerome] may consent to his visit to Paris [France] and discussion of a visit to Oxford with Edward Marjoriebanks [later 2nd Lord Tweedmouth]. 12 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/16-17 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: discussion of Bazaine's trial; her mother's [Clara Jerome's] disapproval of his proposed visit to Paris [France]; the "tiresome" visits of "country people" [to Blenheim] and a letter he has received from Colonel Thomas concerning the death of his daughter. 13 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/18-19 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his pleasure at her mother's [Clara Jerome's] agreement to his visit to Paris [France] to meet [Leonard Jerome]. 14 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/20-21 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses a visit by Lord Brooke to Blenheim, his future visit to Paris [France] and meeting with [Leonard Jerome]. [16] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/22-23 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his journey back to England [from Paris, France]. He writes of his journey to Gunton [Norfolk] and advises her to read an account of a speech by [Benjamin] Disraeli [later Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Hughendon]. [24] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/24-25 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Gunton, Norwich [Norfolk]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the guests and pheasant shooting at Gunton. [25] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/26-28 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Gunton, Norwich [Norfolk]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the shooting at Gunton and his hatred of "Donne, Clarendon and Gosford"; urges her not to "burn the candle at both ends" and speaks of his reluctance to dance without her. [25] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/29-31 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Gunton, Norwich [Norfolk]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letters. He speaks of the trials they have endured as strengthening their affection; describes the shooting and urges her not to listen to criticism of him. [27] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/32-33 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Gunton, Norwich [Norfolk]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] explaining that due to his sore throat he is leaving Gunton to return to Blenheim and advising her not t listen to people who criticise him. [28] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/34 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square, London) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his recovery from his sore throat, and says that he will return to Blenheim instead of going to Canford [Manor, Wimborne [Dorset]. [29] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/35 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing a family party at Blenheim and his recovery [from a sore throat]. [29] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/36-38 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he urges her to try and be "more philosophical and contented" although he says that when he is with her "my philosophy goes to the wind...& I feel ready to face the devil if necessary and carry you off in the teeth of friends and relatives". 30 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/39-41 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] referring to her uncle's research into "his early life and exploits" and allegations of scandal, Lady Carnavon's praise for Jennie, and a visit from Alfred Churchill and his wife. [01] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/42 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his duties as a magistrate [at Woodstock, Oxfordshire] and his mother's [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough's] hope that she may meet Jennie in Paris [France]. 02 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/43-45 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he explains that he has decided not to contradict or investigate the slander against him and asks her to thank [Leonard Jerome] for supporting him; describes the shooting with [Lord] Alfred Churchill; and comments on [Leonard Jerome's] losses in the sinking of the Ville de [?] Harle. 04 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/46 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he wishes she would not write about the "bad reports" she hears about him and speaks of a meeting with Mr and Mrs [Henry] Standish. [04] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/47-49 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he sympathises with the loss of her possessions [through the sinking of a ship]; describes the arrangements for a party which includes the Prince and Princess of Wales; and anticipates a "wearisome" discussion with [Sir Edward] Reed on naval matters. 05 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/50-51 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including description of a visit to Oxford where he saw Prince Leopold and the preparations for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Blenheim. He asks whether Alfred Churchill may visit her in Paris [France]. 06 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/52-54 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says he is distressed at not having received a letter from her; discusses a future visit to Smithfield cattle market in London; and looks forward to their married life together. 07 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/55-56 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the prizes won by his father's [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough's] sheep [at Smithfield] cattle market in London; describes arrangements for [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] to meet the people of Woodstock [Oxfordshire] which he hopes will influence the future election; and asks her to write about what she is doing in Paris [France]. [09] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/57-58 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the arrival of [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]; the names of some of the guests at Blenheim; and a request that she should not go to the United States as he hopes that they can be married in April or May. [10] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/59-60 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including discussion of the popularity of Lachand in France and a description of the shooting and entertainment at Blenheim for the Prince and Princess of Wales. [11] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/61-63 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including comments on the Bazaine trial, a description of the conclusion of the party at Blenheim and his opinion of Lady Breadalbane. [12] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/64-67 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says he was "very nearly amused" by the party at Blenheim; urges her to "drop" the men she spends time with and asks her to persuade [Leonard Jerome] to remain in Paris [France] in order that he [Randolph] might arrange the date of their wedding. He discusses a visit to Woodstock [Oxfordshire] with [Benjamin] Disraeli [later Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Hughendon] and his future visit to Sandringham [Norfolk] with his sister [Lady] Rosamund [Churchill later Lady Fellowes and Lady De Ramsey]. [13] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/68-69 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his departure from Blenheim; observations on Mr and Mrs Strange Jocelyn; and arrangements for their marriage. [14] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/70-71 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Aston Clinton, Tring [Hertfordshire]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including the names of the guests at Aston Clinton and observations on foreigners who are "vy amusing and agreeable at first but one tires of them vy much". 15 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/72-73 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Aston Clinton, Tring [Hertfordshire]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of the day's shooting and the "most execrable fiddling" of the Duke of [Edinburgh] and observations on Madame [Alphonse] de Rothschild. 16 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/74-75 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of the music provided by [Norman] Neruda the previous evening and the future visit of [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] to Paris [France]. [17] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/76-78 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst [Kent]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising for "scolding her" but warning her that her good nature may be taken advantage of. He also comments on her father's [Leonard Jerome's] attitude towards their relationship. [18] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/79-81 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bayham [Abbey, Lamberhurst, Kent]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including comments about the unkind remarks she made in her letter and her doubts about their future. [19] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/82-85 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst [Kent]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] reporting on a discussion with his father [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] during which his father had agreed that they might marry at Easter, asking her to inform her parents [Leonard Jerome and Clara Jerome] accordingly and discussing his future visit to France to see her. He also speaks of his jealousy about her. 20 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/86-88 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst [Kent]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his hope that they may hunt together in Fontainebleau and discussion of his future visit to Brighton [East Sussex]. 21 Dec [1873]
CHAR 28/3/89-90 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (1, Oriental Terrace, Brighton [East Sussex]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is annoyed by his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough], and asks whether it may be possible to meet [Leonard Jerome] in London. [22] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/91-94 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Brighton [East Sussex]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the difficulties created by [Clara Jerome] regarding their wedding, his intention to marry her at Easter unless there is an election, and a description of the aquarium at Brighton. 23 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/95-96 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Brighton [East Sussex]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including discussion of [Clara Jerome's] opposition to them marrying at Easter and a description of the Brookside harriers and a walk on the Downs. 24 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/97-99 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Brighton [East Sussex]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his gratitude that [Leonard Jerome] has taken their side; the visit of [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] to Paris [France] and [Randolph's] future visit to Sandringham [Norfolk] with [Lady] Rosamund [Churchill, later Lady Fellowes and Lady De Ramsey]. 26 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/100-102 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Brighton [East Sussex]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he objects to comments about her hair made by "that villainous Austrian" and that he is looking forward to seeing her in Paris [France]. 26 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/103-104 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his opinion about [Clara Jerome's] opposition to their wedding and regret that he will not be able to see [Leonard Jerome] in Paris [France]. 27 [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/105-106 Card depicting two birds beneath which is written "Le retour fait oublier le chagrin de l'absence" [the return makes one forget the sorrow of separation]. Envelope present. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/107-109 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has written to [Leonard Jerome] and hopes that he will agree to what he asks. He discusses his future visit to Sandringham [Norfolk] and the other guests and looks forward to seeing her in Paris [France]. [28] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/110-112 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Sandringham, Kings Lynn [Norfolk]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his visit to Sandringham and relaying Princess Christian [Schleswig-Holstein]'s comments about her. [28] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/113 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Sandringham, Kings Lynn [Norfolk]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the party at Sandringham and thanking her for getting a seal made for him. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/114 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Sandringham, Kings Lynn [Norfolk]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing the shooting and entertainment at Sandringham. [31] [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/3/115-116 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10, St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: arrangements to meet [Leonard Jerome] in London, his worries about the serious illness of Lady Portarlington and the possibility that he may have to postpone his visit to Paris [France]. [01] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/3/117 Filing note for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill. 1873