Acquired Papers: Letters and telegrams from Lord Randolph Churchill to Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]. Includes material on the local election held in Woodstock, Oxfordshire which was successfully contested by Lord Randolph Churchill and on the arrangements for their wedding. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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CHAR 28/4/1-3 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park, Portarlington [Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning Lady Portarlington's illness and the likelihood that she may die; his regret that he cannot go to Paris [France] to see her; and his electoral prospects at Woodstock [Oxfordshire]. [14] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/4-5 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park, Portarlington [Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the death of Lady Portarlington and arrangements for his visit to Paris [France] to see her. [15] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/6-8 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park [Portarlington, Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to tell him about the Elysee Ball and discussing the funeral of Lady Portarlington and the difficulties created by the fact that she was Roman Catholic. [16] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/9-10 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park, Portarlington [Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he is glad that she enjoyed herself at the Elysee Ball and describes the melancholy atmosphere and arrangements for [Lady Portarlington's] funeral. [17] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/11 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eno Park [Portarlington, Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing arrangements for the funeral of [Lady Portarlington], enclosing a newspaper article [not present] and discussing arrangements to see her in Paris [France]. [18] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/12-13 Part of a letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing [Lady Portarlington's] funeral and saying that he is glad that she enjoyed herself [at the Elysee Ball]. He expresses regret that he will not be able to go out with her in Paris [France due to the recent death of Lady Portarlington]. [20] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/14 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] saying that he is shortly to leave for Blenheim Palace to stand in the election at Woodstock [Oxfordshire] and is hoping to meet the local farmers. He advises her to read the Times during the borough elections. [26] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/15-16 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning his electoral prospects and saying that he had met members of local electorate at an annual coursing meeting [at Blenheim] and has received assurances of support [in the forthcoming election]. [26] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/17 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning his electoral prospects and canvassing activities in a "radical stronghold", a meeting with [George] Brodrick, the radical candidate, and his regret that [Henry] Standish was not accepted as a member of the Jockey Club. [27] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/18 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning his canvassing activities about which he remarks "The number of houses I have been into, many of them dirty filthy cottages, the number of unwashed and filthy hands that I have cordially shaken you would not believe". [31] [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/19-21 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his canvassing activities; speculations on the result of the Woodstock [Oxfordshire] election; observations on [George Brodrick, Randolph's opponent]; discussion of his future visit to Paris [France] and of the behaviour of [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] towards his sister Annie [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe]. [01] [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/22-24 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses his victory in the [Woodstock, Oxfordshire] election at which he achieved a majority of 165; the celebrations at the announcement of the outcome of the poll; and arrangements for his visit to Paris [France]. [04] [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/25-25A Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Oakdean, Dorking [Surrey]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his reception at Woodstock [Oxfordshire]; his relief at leaving Woodstock; and observations on the "crushing blow" inflicted on the radicals. [05] [Feb] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/26-28 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his anger at a remark made about him; appreciation for a speech by Henry Chaplin; his delight at entering the House of Commons and relief that his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlbrough] are likely not to be able to attend their wedding. 05 [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/29-31 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says he is looking forward to their wedding and hopes that the lawyers in the United States will not delay it. He describes being sworn into the House [of Commons]; houses he has been looking at; wedding gifts and his relatives' approval of her. 06 [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/32-33 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing an offer he has made on a house for them to rent at 1 Curzon Street [London]; a visit to the Haymarket theatre with his sisters and a future dinner with Francis Knollys. [07] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/34-36 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing wedding gifts he has sent to her from Lady Camden [formerly Lady Clementine Churchill], Lady Fanny Marjoriebanks [earlier Lady Fanny Churchill, later Lady Tweedmouth], [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales], and Lady Londonderry, and a dozen pairs of "Woodstock gloves". He asks her advice about whether he should engage a butler recommended by Lord Suffield and discusses the possibility that [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] will marry his sister [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe]. [08] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/37-38 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing a cigarette box given to him by [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales]; reporting that he has ordered a brougham for them and describing his keenness to secure a house in Curzon Street [London] for them. He asks her to tell [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] that [Albert Edward Prince of Wales] is furious with him; instructs her to practice the piano as "it is too tiresome for me when you are asked to play and say you can't"; and reports that his lawyer has advised that it will not be necessary for them to marry at an embassy. [09] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/39-41A Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will send her drawings for her monogram and asks her advice about a double crest for their spoons. In an addition he bids her not to fall in love with [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]. 10 [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/42-43 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Oxford) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a letter [not present] from [Leonard Jerome]. [11] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/44-45 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Blenheim Palace) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his duties as starter at a steeplechase race at [Merton College, Oxford] and discussing the members of his family who will attend their wedding. [12] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/46-47 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] reproaching her for going out with a bad cold and for being "giddy and frivolous" so close to their wedding; enclosing designs of a monogram [not present]; asking her to inform him of the size of her fingers; and reporting that he intends to rent a house in Curzon Street [London]. [14] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/48-49 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his activities in London and hope that [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] will produce a "token". [15] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/50-53 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he scolded her for going out due to concern for her health, informs her that he has signed an agreement [to rent a house in] Curzon Street [London], discusses the appointment of servants and House of Commons business. [16] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/54-57 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing various wedding presents, and warning her not to flirt with [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]. He mentions his concern that [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] is making Annie [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe] "vy much talked about" and reports that he has been accepted by White's Club and the Carlton Club. [18] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/58-59 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a present from Mr Cook and the possibility that Lord Royston [later 6th Lord Hardwicke] might be able to attend their wedding. [19] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/60-61 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning an account in her letter of the behaviour of Lord Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]. He recommends a mustard plaster as a remedy for colds; discusses speeches in the House of Commons by [Benjamin] Disraeli [later Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Hughendon] and [William] Gladstone; and asks her to send him details of her ring size. [20] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/62-64 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his future visit to Cowes [Isle of Wight] where he says he will remember the time they spent together; discussion of where they should be married and the possibility that a period of residence in Paris [France] may be required; and a suggestion that they should persuade [Leonard Jerome] to buy a house in Charles Street, Berkeley Square [London]. [21] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/65-67 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Gloster Hotel, Cowes [Isle of Wight]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of Rosetta [Cottage] and his intention to rent it again; his name in the division list which appeared in the Times against the "[Irish] home rulers"; comments on the lack of financial provisions made for English women and the future marriage of Frank [Francis] Bertie. [22] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/68 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including his disappointment at not having received a letter from her and decision that they should be married in both American and English embassies. [23] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/69-70 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons Library) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including appreciation for a wedding present given by Madame de H[atzfeldt] and discussion of whether they will have to be married at both [English and American] embassies. [24] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/71-73 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses amusement at newspaper cuttings she has sent him; describes a division against "a horrible extreme radical", Sir Charles Dilke; discusses his hope to discover [Leonard Jerome's] wishes regarding a settlement for them and desire to buy a house in Charles Street, Berkeley Square [London]; his hope that [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] will declare his intention [to marry Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe]. [25] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/74-75 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses his relief that [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe] has proposed to Annie [Lady Anne Churchill, later Lady Bowmont and Duchess of Roxburghe]; comments on [Lord] Blandford's [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] "poetical composition" and reports that he has been to the levee. [28] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/76-78 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing wedding presents given to them by Cornelia [Lady Guest, later Lady Wimborne, formerly Lady Cornelia Churchill] and Clementine [Lady Camden, formerly Lady Clementine Churchill]; preparations of bridesmaid lockets for Leonie [Jerome, later Lady Leslie] and Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen]; comments on Henry Standish and preparations for the wedding. [27] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/79-80 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing those who attended the boat race [between Oxford and Cambridge Universitities] and discussing arrangements for the wedding. [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/81-82 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (10 St James' Square [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] describing a service held in the Chapel Royal, and discussing a dinner he is to go to with [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] and a dinner he gave the previous evening, the death of [Henry, 4th Lord Rossmore] as a result of a riding accident. 25 [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/83-84 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a dinner the previous evening and arrangements for their wedding. [30] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/85-86 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he refutes her comments about his letters; reports that he has met [Leonard Jerome] in London and taken him to see lawyers and says that he is looking forward to seeing her. [31] [Mar] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/87 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking her to lend [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] her pearls and explaining that he may not be able to leave London due to parliamentary business. [21] [Jul] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/88 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to Lady Randolph Churchill asking her to lend [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] her pearls and explaining that he will not return to Blenheim Palace until the following day. 21 Jul 1874
CHAR 28/4/89 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to Lady Randolph Churchill asking her to arrange for him to be met at Woodstock Road [Oxfordshire]. 22 Jul 1874
CHAR 28/4/90-91 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Club, Piccadilly [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] returning a letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] which he instructs her to burn. He also describes the unpacking of their possessions. [1874]
CHAR 28/4/92-95 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Royal Yacht Squadron Castle, Cowes [Isle of Wight]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the people he has met at Cowes; his intention to have the drains of their house inspected; and the fact that [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] had been saying that [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough] had been selling "everything he possessed". He includes a photograph of himself. Envelope present. [11] [Nov] [1874]
CHAR 28/4/96 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to Lord Randolph Churchill in which she discusses arrangements for rooms for Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]. Jan [1874]