Acquired Papers. Letters from Frances, Duchess of Marlborough to Lady Randolph Churchill. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 1874 - 1896

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CHAR 28/42/1 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough (Hotel Westminster [Paris, France]) to Miss Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill] inviting her and her sister to drive with her in the Bois [de Boulogne]. c 1873
CHAR 28/42/2-2A Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough (104 St James' Square [London]) to [Jennie] Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing [Lord] Randolph [Churchill's] canvassing activities and enclosing letters [not present] from Colonel Thomas and Mr Watkins. Envelope present. 25 Feb 1874
CHAR 28/42/3 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough (Emo Park, Portarlington [Leinster, Ireland]) to [Jennie] Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing [Lord] Randolph [Churchill's] great disappointment at not being able to join her [in Paris] because of the illness of [Lady Portarlington]. [1874]
CHAR 28/42/4-6 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the "bitter sorrow" which has been caused by both her sons [Lord Randolph Churchill and Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] arguing with each other [over the gift of a ring to Jennie] and turning against her and [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough]. She says that she has treated [Jennie] "as a daughter in word & deed", despite sometimes thinking her unwise. Envelope present. 05 Nov [1875]
CHAR 28/42/7-8 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "confidential" in which she urges her not to harbour thoughts of revenge, to ward off her anxiety "by the exercises of Domestic Virtues!!!" and to see friends who are not jealous of her success in society. She also invites her and "Jack" [John S Churchill] to come and "vegetate" with her; discusses this "crise" [crisis] in her life and advises her to make herself essential to him [Lord Randolph Churchill]. 08 Sep [1886]
CHAR 28/42/9-10A Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she urges persistence with [Lord Randolph Churchill] and asks whether she has explained everything to him. She discusses a future interview with [Lord Randolph]; says that she does not want to leave [Lady Randolph] alone in London; urges her to seek the advice of her mother [Clara Jerome]; and says that she cannot understand Randolph being "so hard if he realises all you suffer" and that she does not think that there is "any other woman". Envelope present. 10 Sep [1886]
CHAR 28/42/11-12 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she urges her to follow her advice [concerning her marriage to Lord Randolph Churchill] and says that she should be discreet. Envelope present marked "immediate". [Sep] [1886]
CHAR 28/42/13-15 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that [Lord Randolph Churchill] is well but that she is "much concerned & grieved" about [Randolph's] financial affairs. She advises [Lady Randolph] to "lead a different life" if she wishes to regain her influence over him [Randolph]; says that she would be able to advise [Lady Randolph] in household management; that she is sure that [Lady Randolph] has no reason to be jealous although she has heard talk from Lady Londonderry and others; that she hopes that "nothing will be observed at Newmarket". Envelope present. 26 Sep 1886
CHAR 28/42/16-17 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she has seen [Lord Randolph Churchill], reports that he had said that he would not take Jennie with him, discusses financial affairs and a future speech by Randolph, and a visit to a Primrose League meeting. Envelope present. 03 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/42/18-19 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she assures her that she will not mention anything that [Jennie] has said to her, urges her not to be impulsive and to seal her lips, says that there are many who are jealous of her and discusses a "magnificent speech" given by [Lord Randolph Churchill]. 24 Oct [1886]
CHAR 28/42/20 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe Manor, Maidenhead [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she speaks of gossip and urges [Lady Randolph] not to be jealous. She reports a conversation she has had with "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] about his relationship with Jennie, and her hopes that their difficulties may be resolved and mentions the names of guests she has entertained. 19 Nov [1886]
CHAR 28/42/21 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she invites her to stay, reports comments that Lady Shrewsbury made about "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] and Jennie, and refers to an enclosure [not present] which she asks her to return. 29 Nov [1886]
CHAR 28/42/22 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that the boys [WSC and John S Churchill] are well although they were disappointed that the cricket at Lords was cancelled, reports that "Ferdy" [Ferdinand de] Rothschild is to marry Miss Peel, and comments on a dinner given by the Duchess of Manchester and preparations for the royal christening [of the later King Edward VIII]. 29 Nov [1894]
CHAR 28/42/23 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the health of [Lord Randolph Churchill]; gives news of the boys [WSC and John S Churchill] and says that she has give [WSC] permission to go to Sandown races on the condition that he does not bet; comments that WSC is "thoughtless about money" and on her own preoccupation with "R" [Lord Randolph]; thanks her for her letters and expresses sympathy that Jennie feels "so dull"; and makes observations about politics and a marriage involving Miss [Consuelo] Vanderbilt [later Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough and Consuelo Balsan] and [Charles, 9th Duke of] Marlborough. 19 Jul 1894
CHAR 28/42/24 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the health of [Lord Randolph Churchill] and the high expenses of their travels, she suggests that Jennie should consider cutting down on the number of servants, reports on the wedding of Frances [Wimborne] and gives news of WSC and says that she has been obliged to check him as he needs a "firm hand". 27 Jul 1894
CHAR 28/42/25-26 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the health of [Lord Randolph Churchill]; says that she receives reports from Dr [Robson] Roose; asks Jennie to thank Dr Keith for his care of "R" [Lord Randolph]; and comments on discipline required for WSC, that Lady Edith Ward is flirting with Lord Chesterfield and on the recovery of her jewels. The second page of the letter is marked "private" and contains observations on [Lord Randolph's] obstinacy and refusal to recognise the gravity of his illness and on her anxiety about him. 07 Aug 1894
CHAR 28/42/27 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the difficulty of persuading "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] not to travel; gives news of "Jack" [John S Churchill] and WSC whom she has "lectured freely"; and comments on the marriage of Miss M Wilson to Lord Willoughby. 21 Aug 1894
CHAR 28/42/28 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Canford [Wimborne, Dorset]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the health of "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] and says that she hopes that he will be "prudent & docile"; gives news of "Jack" [John S Churchill] and WSC; discusses financial affairs and a bill from the Munro Club and the abscondment of Healy, a servant. 12 Nov 1894
CHAR 28/42/29-30 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Grand Hotel, Scarborough [Yorkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the health of "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill]; says that she hopes that their visit to Japan will be exciting; reports that the whole family are going to write to [Lord Randolph]; gives news of "Jack" [John S Churchill] whom she describes as a "peaceful boy", WSC who is described as "volatile and impulsive" and Sarah [Wilson earlier Lady Sarah Churchill]; discusses gossip and reports that [Lord Randolph] may contest Bradford. 19 Sep 1894
CHAR 28/42/31 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (B Dene, Bournemouth [Hampshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she asks her to read the letter which she has written to "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill], says that it is useless to talk of her feelings, and that she would like support in her advice that "Jack" [John S Churchill] and WSC should not be allowed to travel to meet them. 30 Nov 1894
CHAR 28/42/32 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she was disappointed at not seeing her and that she has a "very heavy head" [with grief at the death of Lord Randolph Churchill] and discusses the Cellar Book. 30 Jan [1895]
CHAR 28/42/33 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Woodlands) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the possibility that Jennie may allow her to have her brougham, says that she feels " a complete wreck in Body and Mind" and that she would like to put a cross on the grave of [Lord] Randolph [Churchill]. 03 Feb [1895]
CHAR 28/42/34 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Woodlands) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses household arrangements. 04 Feb 1895
CHAR 28/42/35 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the possibility that "Jack" [John S Churchill] may like to spend the Easter holidays with her and a "horrid article" in the Review of Reviews about [Lord] Randolph [Churchill]. 07 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/42/36-37 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (50 Grosvenor Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the sorrow caused by the death of "the poor little [?] Win"; the letting of a house; her fear of "Georgie" [Lady Howe, earlier Lady Curzon and Lady Georgiana Churchill] having an accident while riding; and says that she has been reading "Sea Wolves" and "Under Sealed Orders" and that WSC has written her a nice letter. 16 Mar [1895]
CHAR 28/42/38-39 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Ramsey Abbey, Huntingdon) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that "Jack" [John S Churchill] is well and that she has not heard from WSC, that she has visited Leominster [Herefordshire] and is not satisfied with Escott's book [about Lord Randolph Churchill]. She also discusses [5th] Lord Rosebery's loss of nerve and speaks of the "dreadful ending" to Randolph's life. 16 May 1895
CHAR 28/42/40-41 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Ramsey [Abbey, Huntingdon) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the letters she has received from "Jack" [John S Churchill] and WSC, the death of Sir Samuel Wilson, the possibility of a dissolution of parliament. She also comments on Jennie's financial situation and the expense of renting a house in Portman Square [London]. 14 Jun [1895]
CHAR 28/42/42-43 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough](Cholsey, Slough [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she speculates on the chances of [Lord Randolph Churchill] being elected in Birmingham, asks whether she would like "Jack" [John S Churchill] to stay with her, comments that Randolph is [3rd] Lord Salisbury's "only prop" and expresses sympathy over the Primrose League. 05 Nov [1884]
CHAR 28/42/44-45 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough (Huntercombe Manor, Maidenhead [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] marked "confidential" in which she discusses letters from Lord Harris about Primrose League Affairs. She says that there ought to be agreement between statements made by [Conservative] Head Office and those made by members of the League and suggests that there should be a meeting with Lord Harris and discusses the history of combining philanthropy with politics in the League. 03 Nov [1884]
CHAR 28/42/46 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Cholsey [Slough, Berkshire] to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses her influence over [Lord Randolph Churchill] and says that she would be prepared to come [to London] for Primrose League business. c 1884
CHAR 28/42/47 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough] (Huntercombe [Berkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she thinks that they should discuss [Primrose League affairs] with Lord Harris. 13 Oct [1886]
CHAR 28/42/48 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of] Marlborough] (Cliffe [Yorkshire]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she asks for the advice of "R" [Lord Randolph Churchill] about an enclosure [not present] and discusses arrangements to see her and [Lord Randolph]. c 1886
CHAR 28/42/49-50 Letter from [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] (Floors Castle [Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she instructs him not to take risks at Newmarket and discusses affairs in Ireland, his silence, her distaste at "fulsome & exaggerated" praise for [Arthur] Balfour, society news, and her disapproval of a book by M MacKenzie. c 1886
CHAR 28/42/51 Letter from [Lady Randolph] Churchill (Almond's Private Hotel, 6 & 7 Clifford Street, Bond Street [London]) to [Frances] Duchess [of Marlborough] concerning a quarrel between [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] and [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough over the gift of a ring to Jennie]; the expressions which Randolph had used in a letter to his brother; and a letter which [John, 7th] Duke [of Marlborough] had written to Randolph which she describes as "such as no man should write to another". c 1875
CHAR 28/42/52 Newspaper cutting from The Sun concerning an election address given to the electors of Woodstock [Oxfordshire] by Lord Randolph Churchill. 31 Jan 1874