Acquired Papers. Letters to Lady Randolph Churchill from Marie, Duchess of Edinburgh. Many of the letters contain several phrases in French. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 23 Dec 1885 - 20 Mar 1896

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CHAR 28/46/1 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (Eastwell [Kent]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for not replying to her note; says that she is glad that Lady Randolph enjoyed her stay at Eastwell; invites her, Lord Randolph [Churchill] and WSC to stay, commenting that WSC would be a good companion for [Prince Alfred of Edinburgh]; observes that the Duke [of Edinburgh] is an "exemplary Papa" to his children; says that she is expecting Princess Louise and comments on a gift of flowers. 23 Dec 1885
CHAR 28/46/2 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (Eastwell [Kent]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses possible dates for Lady Randolph and WSC to visit Eastwell and comments on a rumour that Lord Randolph [Churchill] would like to rent Eastwell and on the impression that he made on the Kentish people. 02 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/46/3 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (Eastwell [Kent]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she expresses pleasure that Lady Randolph and WSC will visit Eastwell, commenting that she hopes that Lord Randolph Churchill will come too, that they may play the piano together and that [Prince Alfred of Edinburgh] is looking forward to seeing WSC. 05 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/46/4 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] suggesting an alternative date for a dinner and saying that she hopes they may be able to dine and visit the theatre together. 22 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/46/5 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (Bagshot Park, Surrey) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] accepting an invitation to dinner, describing a meeting with Count Adlerberg, discussing a gift she intends to give to Lord Randolph [Churchill] and inviting her to dinner and the theatre. 29 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/46/6 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to skate at Buckingham Palace and saying that she enjoyed having dinner with her and Lord Randolph [Churchill]. 10 Feb 1886
CHAR 28/46/7 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] discussing arrangements to have dinner with her. She says that Lady Emma Osborne [her lady-in-waiting] will also attend and that she would like to be able to come without her and "without the feeling of a governess watching your movements". 24 Feb 1886
CHAR 28/46/8 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses arrangements to come and play the piano; asks whether Lady Mary Fitz William, her former lady-in-waiting, may come with her; and says that Lord Randolph [Churchill] need not worry as she will not invite [William] Gladstone. 26 [Feb] 1886
CHAR 28/46/9 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks her for her photograph and [?a cartoon] of Lord Randolph [Churchill] and the GOM [Grand Old Man, William Gladstone]; discusses arrangements to meet; says that she has been sitting with the Duchess of Connaught and that Queen [Victoria] has asked her to stay in London although she would have liked to go to Germany. 04 Apr 1886
CHAR 28/46/10 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses arrangements to meet to play the piano and go to a concert. 05 Apr 1886
CHAR 28/46/11 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she encloses a Russian bracelet which she would like to give her as a souvenir of "our most pleasant 8 hands" [playing the piano]. She also says that she would like to leave London and that it would be "most dangerous" to allow Lord Randolph [Churchill] to go to Paris [France] alone. 11 Apr 1886
CHAR 28/46/12 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Aix le Chappelle [France]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she invites Lady Randolph to visit her at Coburg [Germany], says that she is glad to have left London, and comments on the ancient art she has seen. 07 May 1886
CHAR 28/46/13-15 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Coburg [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] including: a description of her visit to Paris [France] which is contrasted with "stiff London society"; discussion of the position of the royal family in society and their behaviour; French fashionable bonnets; meetings with her governess and the Empress of Germany ; and a description of her surroundings and her hopes to visit Russia. 02 Jun 1886
CHAR 28/46/16-17 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Stuttgart [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks her for a letter; discusses the success of the Conservative party; says that she is visiting her aunt, the Queen of Wurtenberg, and that she is related to half the German royalty; comments on her cousin's peculiar clothing; and expresses sorrow at the death of the King of Bavaria. 16 Jun 1886
CHAR 28/46/18 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (Schonberg [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is visiting her cousin Erbach, that she hopes to establish one of her Russian friends as a diplomat in London, that she has seen her niece the Princess of Meiningen and has entertained a diplomat and her old governess. 12 Jul 1886
CHAR 28/46/19-20 Letter from [Marie, Duchess of Edinburgh](Peterhof) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks her for a letter, sends congratulations on Lord Randolph [Churchill's] appointment [as Chancellor of the Exchequer], and describes her surroundings, activities and the people there. 02 Aug 1886
CHAR 28/46/21-22 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] (near Moscow [Russia]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is staying with her brother, the Grand Duke Serge and is trying to buy some horses from her younger brother, describes mushroom picking and her surroundings, and comments that [Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh] is being spoilt. 03 Sep 1886
CHAR 28/46/23 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Coburg [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she invites her to stay and comments on how "hateful" London must be, asks after WSC, says that she is dreading her "exile" and makes observations about "the Bulgarian disaster". 24 Sep 1886
CHAR 28/46/24 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](St Antonio Palace, Malta) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she describes Malta as "dull and monotonous" and says that the people are "second rate and uninteresting". She reports that they have entertained the Roseberys [5th Lord Rosebery and Lady Rosebery] and the Duke of Manchester. 09 Nov 1886
CHAR 28/46/25 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Malta) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she asks about the British political situation, says that her knowledge of affairs in Bulgaria has meant that she has to keep a "prudent silence", and describes her activities. 24 Feb 1887
CHAR 28/46/26 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Coburg [Germany]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is looking forward to seeing her in London, although she dislikes London in summer, and reports that Queen [Victoria] has lent them Osborne Cottage on the Isle of Wight. 06 Jun 1887
CHAR 28/46/27-28 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Malta) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks her for her letters; apologises for not writing previously; asks whether Lady Randolph can now understand why she misses Russia; comments on the "monotonous and unanimated" British society; says that she would like to see Lord Randolph [Churchill] and that she has heard that Queen [Victoria] is furious that he has visited Russia; reports that she is entertaining Captain Maurice Bourke and that all her children have had chicken pox. 13 Jan 1888
CHAR 28/46/29 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for not replying to her note, says that she would love to see her and describes preparations for the marriage of her daughter [Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh to Ernst, 7th Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg] and for a coronation. 20 Mar 1896
CHAR 28/46/30 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Osborne Cottage, East Cowes, Isle of Wight) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] asking whether she may bring [Prince Alfred of Edinburgh] to play with WSC and saying that she would like to hear some more of Lord Randolph [Churchill's] royal stories, commenting that [Queen Victoria] would not be pleased to hear that she was "encouraging a minister 'en disgrace'". [Jun] [1887]
CHAR 28/46/31 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Osborne Cottage, East Cowes, Isle of Wight) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] inviting her to dinner and asking whether she would like to send WSC to play at the seaside. [Jun] [1887]
CHAR 28/46/32 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] accepting an invitation to dinner. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/33 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] discussing an invitation to dinner. [Jun] [1887]
CHAR 28/46/34 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] postponing a luncheon engagement as [Prince Alfred of Edinburgh] has behaved so badly and asking whether WSC may visit on the following afternoon. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/35 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] accepting an invitation to play [the piano]. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/36 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Clarence House, St James' [London]) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that her cold and an engagement with Princess Louise prevent her being able to come and [play the piano]. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/37 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she has changed the date of a party as HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] would like Lord Randolph [Churchill] to attend a dinner and discusses arrangements for playing the piano. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/38 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for not being able to attend a dinner as she is unable to refuse an invitation to Windsor [Castle] as Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill are not "dans les bonnes graces" [in the favour of Queen Victoria]. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/39 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] returning a book and inviting her, WSC and Lord Randolph [Churchill] to Eastwell [Kent]. c 1880
CHAR 28/46/40 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](London) to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing concern at the news of WSC's serious illness, commenting that her "best behaviour" is required and discussing arrangements to see her. 16 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/46/41 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] expressing concern at the news of WSC's serious illness, asking her to sympathise with Lord Randolph [Churchill] and advising that WSC should be taken to a warm climate. [1886]
CHAR 28/46/42 Letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh] to Lady Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she will not be able to play the piano with her as she has to go to Windsor [Castle], that she has been ill, is looking forward to going to Cannes [France] and that she would like Lady Randolph to join her there and to "dispense" with her lady [in waiting]. 1880s
CHAR 28/46/43 Part of a letter from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Schonberg [Germany]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is going to Russia and will have to stay with the Crown Princess, describes her German aide-de-camp and her activities. [Jul] [1886]
CHAR 28/46/44-54 Envelopes addressed to Lady Randolph Churchill in the hand of Marie, Duchess of Edinburgh. 06 Jun 1886 - 29 Jan 1895