Acquired Papers. Letters and telegrams from George Cornwallis-West to Lady Randolph Churchill. Includes items relating to their engagement which was broken off and to George's participation in the Boer War. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described. All items in file except CHAR 28/35/78 date to 1899.

Reference code: CHAR 28/35

Part of: CHAR 28
Next record: CHAR 28/36
Previous record: CHAR 28/34

Date: 02 Nov 1898 - 23 Dec 1899

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CHAR 28/35/1 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy new year, discussing the visit of "Putty" to Africa and asking her to send letters by the first post so that they are not noticed. 01 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/2 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Newlands Manor, Lymington, Hampshire) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her success with her magazine ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"] and discussing his part in "The Profligate". 02 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/3 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Newlands Manor, Lymington, Hampshire) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his acting has been abandoned due to the death of a servant and an accident involving a groom. 03 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/4 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has decided to go hunting and that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] has suggested that [Lady Randolph] should include a gardening feature in ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"]. 05 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/5 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters and says that he has been dancing. 12 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/6 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Coton House, Rugby) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters, apologises for not writing to her and describes a hunt. 18 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/7 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Coton House, Rugby) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing to her and describes a hunt. 20 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/8 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hated having to leave her and describes a hunt. 23 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/9 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hated having to leave her and describes a hunt. 30 Jan 1899
CHAR 28/35/10 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey and discusses arrangements to see her. 09 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/11 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her in London and describes a hunt. 14 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/12 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a fall while hunting, reports that Lady Rose Leigh has run away with Lord Cottenham and asks whether his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] has visited her. 16 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/13 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt and says that he will be discreet about "Maga" ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"]. 17 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/14 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt, reports that it is true that [Lord] Cottenham has run away with [Rose Leigh] and says that only his "extreme sense of duty" prevents him being with her. 19 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/15 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he apologises for not writing to her and describes the races at Warwick. 22 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/16 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has decided not to go to Stanmore with her as he would like to hunt and reports that he won o180 at the races at Warwick. 23 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/17 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that the frost has prevented hunting and discusses arrangements to see her in London. 27 Feb 1899
CHAR 28/35/18 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that the frost has prevented hunting, that he often wants to send her "endearing telegrams" and that he wishes he could help her in her "enterprise" ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"]. 06 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/19 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for a note, describes a hunt and comments that Walter Rothschild looks elderly. 09 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/20 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his fall while hunting and asks about a meeting with [John] Lane. 14 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/21-22 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Manor House Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa [Warwickshire]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Rugby races in which he rode and comments on the terms she has arranged with [John] Lane [concerning "The Anglo-Saxon Review"]. 16 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/23 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is riding in two point-to-point races. 17 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/24 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a hunt. 20 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/25 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he loves her and will miss her. 20 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/26 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been to see a pony, gives details of the places he is visiting and the bets he is going to place for her on the Grand National. 21 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/27 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Liverpool races and the hotel in which he is staying and says that he has met Lady Bridie Stewart. 23 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/28 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the Grand National. 24 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/29 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Gisburne, Princes Park, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the races and reports that he won o720. 25 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/30 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Gisburne, Princes Park, Liverpool) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he misses her and that he has visited Hooton [Cheshire] which is being converted into "a sort of Ranelagh". 26 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/31 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is going to visit his grandmother and that he misses her. 27 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/32 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the leaking of the news of the title for her magazine ["The Anglo-Saxon Review"] and describes the bad weather. 28 Mar 1899
CHAR 28/35/33 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Royal Mail Steamer "Munster") to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is looking forward to seeing her. 03 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/34 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Bank of England [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his feelings for her and says "If ever I were to do any good in this world, it would be because of your influence". 08 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/35 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Crotanstown, The Curragh, County Kildare [Ireland]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey, discusses arrangements to see her at Ruthin [Castle] and comments that HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] is "very anxious" to meet her. 10 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/36 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street, Grosvenor Square [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he reports that he has won o50 as his horse has won a race. 15 Apr 1899
CHAR 28/35/37 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Guards' Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he did not like having to leave her, discusses arrangements to see her and refers to her as his "embryo wife". 09 May 1899
CHAR 28/35/38 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has composed his speech, that he has persuaded [Lady] Daisy [Warwick] to sing at the bazaar and that his affairs are "quite satisfactory". 06 Jun 1899
CHAR 28/35/39 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Ruthin Castle, North Wales) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses her dream and arrangements to see her again, encloses a copy of his speech [not present] and says that the tenants' lunch was a success. 07 Jun 1899
CHAR 28/35/40 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Bachelors' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to meet her at a horse sale. 02 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/41 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (White's [ Club, London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the health of a horse and asks that she should not sign herself "J C" in telegrams. 04 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/42 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has seen reports of her in the Daily Mail, discusses arrangements to have dinner with her, and says that he wishes that he could have invited her as his wife to a ceremony. 06 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/43 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for driving him to the station and says that he had to pretend that she was his sister. 11 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/44 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Pirbright Camp, Woking [Surrey]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her, describes a "subalterns court martial", asks whether she has seen the doctor and refers to an enclosure [not present]. 11 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/45 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Victoria Barracks, Windsor [Berkshire]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a military ceremony and the state colours and says that he has told Mrs Greaves that they are to marry. 15 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/46 Map drawn by George Cornwallis-West showing the position of picquets of outpost line with reserves. Pencil and crayon. Annotated "Very clear, neat sketch. By order.". 18 Jul 1899
CHAR 28/35/47 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Guards' Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a dinner with "Jack" [John S Churchill], says that he has seen the doctor and that he is dining with the Calleys. 10 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/48 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his journey, says that he cannot live without her and that he has had a letter from Gordon Wood [concerning their relationship]. 11 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/49 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes his feelings for her and says that Miss Calley had tried to persuade him not to marry [Lady Randolph]. 13 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/50 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing their engagement and enclosing a newspaper cutting [CHAR 28/35/51] concerning the announcement of their engagement. 14 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/51 Newspaper cutting concerning the announcement of the engagement of George Cornwallis-West to Lady Randolph Churchill which includes comments on the difference in ages between them and on the "versatility" of Lady Randolph Churchill. Covering letter at CHAR 28/35/50. [04] [Aug] [1899]
CHAR 28/35/52 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the countryside and says that he has discussed [their prospective marriage] with "Putty". 15 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/53 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has been fishing for sea-trout, that he is going grouse hunting and that he wishes she were with him. 16 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/54 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has torn up a letter from Gordon Wood and describes a fishing trip. 17 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/55 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he has lost a pin which she gave him, describes stalking deer and says that he enjoys receiving her letters. 18 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/56 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] ("In the train going 60 miles an hour to York") to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses plans to see her at Aix [France]. 19 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/57-58 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Tranby Croft, Hull [Yorkshire]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for her letters and says that Colonel [Arthur] Paget has asked to see him to discuss his relationship with [Lady Randolph]. He also returns newspaper cuttings [not present] and reports that he has heard that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] and sister [Shelagh Cornwallis-West, later Shelagh, Duchess of Westminster] have been behaving "like two emotional & hysterical old maids". 20 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/59 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West] (Tranby Croft, Hull [Yorkshire]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses sympathy with her illness, discusses arrangements to see her at Aix [France] and says that he has met Ethel Liggins, a "musical marvel". 21 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/60 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes a party he attended, gives the names of those present and makes observations on French affairs. 22 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/61 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Queen's Club, St James' Palace [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her, says that he is to have dinner with "Jack" [John S Churchill] and that he is reading "The Double Thread". 23 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/62 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Arthur's, St James' Street [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses his forthcoming interview with [Colonel] Arthur Paget; says that he is devising schemes for the defence of London; and that "Jack" [John S Churchill] has "opened his heart" about Pamela [Plowden, later Pamela, Lady Lytton] and WSC. 24 Aug 1899
CHAR 28/35/63 Letter from "Georgie" [George Cornwallis-West](Duart Castle, Craignure, Isle of Mull [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he misses her and that he will "stick to" her even if they do not marry. 12 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/64 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Station Hotel, Perth [Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he could not understand her telegram, that he is depressed that their plans to marry "have burst like a soap bubble", and that he understands that she fears becoming "a subject of ridicule". 14 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/65 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Invercauld, Arms Hotel, Ballater [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his heart "felt vey heavy" at having to say that they were not getting married and makes observations about HRH's [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales'] drive with "Mrs G Sh.". 15 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/66 Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West](Braemar [Aberdeenshire, Scotland]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that the boats are burnt and that it is her fault that he has told his relations [that they are not getting married]. 16 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/67-68 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Invercauld, Ballater, Aberdeenshire [Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the possibility that they may marry. He observes that she changes her mind frequently, says that he will not marry her until he has more money, that he has quarrelled with many of his relations and friends and that WSC made "strong arguments" in favour of leaving matters as they are. 16 Sep 1899
CHAR 28/35/69 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Glenetive, Taynuilt [Argyllshire, Scotland]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing deer stalking. 02 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/70 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Wynnstay Hotel, Wrexham [Denbighshire, Wales]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] making observations about the Boer War. 05 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/71-71A Letter from George [Cornwallis-West](Guards Club [London]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that his regiment is to sail [to South Africa] on the 18th; that Colonel [Arthur] Paget has recommended him to be an aide-de-camp; and that he has seen WSC who was looking untidy. 06 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/72 Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West](Southampton [Hampshire]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] bidding her "au revoir". 21 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/73 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (S S Nubia) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that leaving her was "agony", that his mother [Patsy Cornwallis-West] got on board the ship to see him and looked "ill & worn" and that he loves her. 21 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/74-77 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (S S Nubia going to South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of the voyage; his feelings for her; conditions of overcrowding on the ship; his health and the effects of enteric fever inoculation; his future meeting with WSC; shooting practice and a cinematograph film which was taken of the men running round the ship. 26 Oct 1899 - 28 Oct 1899
CHAR 28/35/78 Letter from "G" [George Cornwallis-West] (Compton Verney, Warwick) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is very stiff after hunting, that he is looking forward to seeing WSC and that he dreamt that she was taken away from him. 02 Nov 1898
CHAR 28/35/79-82 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for her telegrams; his impressions of St Vincent [Windward Island] and its inhabitants; a cricket match with the telegraph clerks; his lack of success at bridge; recommendation of "Transvaal from within"; crossing the equator; the effect of the weather on the horses; and his inoculation against enteric [fever]. 07 Nov 1899 - 11 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/83-85 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Orange River Camp, South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes: his arrival at Cape Town and the food they have eaten; his distress at the news that WSC has been taken prisoner; his appointment as ADC [aide de camp] to Lord Methuen; and a trip to buy horses for the regiment. Envelope marked "Private & non official". 18 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/86 Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Capetown [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his arrival and that he is going to Kimberley. 20 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/87-88 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Enseling, Cape Colony [South Africa]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he was not hurt in the battle of Belmont, describes the suitability of the terrain for fighting and fighting against the Boers and says that he misses her. Envelope present. 26 Nov 1899
CHAR 28/35/89-91 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Orange River, South Africa) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he describes the battle of Modder River [Modderriviere] during which the men were fired on from 6 am to 7 pm, says that he was hospitalised for sunstroke, comments on the success of the [Maine] and [The Anglo-Saxon Review] and says that he misses her. Envelope present. 03 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/92 Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Claremont Cape [South Africa]) to[Lady Randolph Churchill] asking when the Maine arrives. 18 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/93 Telegram from George [Cornwallis-West] (Claremont [South Africa]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has been invalided and will be returning to England and asking her to repeat the message to [Patsy Cornwallis-West]. 23 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/94-95 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Sanatorium, Claremont [South Africa]) to "Missie" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses misery at not receiving letters from her, says that he would like to see her and expresses relief at the news that WSC has escaped. 23 Dec 1899
CHAR 28/35/96 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (50 Park Street [Grosvenor Square, London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses arrangements to see her at Horse Guards' Parade. [1899]
CHAR 28/35/97 Letter from George [Cornwallis-West] (Bachelors' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to "Missus" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he loves her. [1899]