Acquired Papers: Letters and telegrams from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill. Several items relate to Lord Randolph's visit to India and the file includes a letter from Frank Thomas to Frances, Duchess of Marlborough. All letters are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 1881 - 1887

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CHAR 28/7/1 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (29 St James' Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the annoyance of [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] at [Lady Randolph] attending a ball; his approval of [his new footman] Frederick; a fight between [20th Lord] Shrewsbury [and Talbot] and [Alfred] Mundy; a planned visit to the zoological [society] by Elizabeth Everest, WSC and [John S Churchill]; and Lord Randolph's opinion that WSC is bored of his holiday. 30 Apr 1881
CHAR 28/7/2 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (29 St James' Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing a letter [not present] from [Boni de] Castellane whom Lord Randolph describes as a "blackguard". He advises her that she should "be more careful in her manner to men" and discusses the possibility that [William] Gladstone had considered resigning. 15 Aug 1881
CHAR 28/7/3-5 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his worry while he was at Batna [Algeria] about her serious illness; his subsequent relief at having received a telegram from [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff; and his decision to return to England to look after her. He informs her of his intention to travel to Nice [France], where he hopes she will join him and that he hopes to meet [John] Gorst and [W H] Trafford at Menton [France]. He expresses sorrow that WSC has been ill and describes his experiences and travels in Algeria. 01 Jan 1883
CHAR 28/7/6-7 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([France] on the notepaper of 2 Connaught Place) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and including: his worry at her illness which has made him ill; concern that she should not tire herself by writing to him; his intention to meet her at Marseilles [France]; a meeting with [John] Gorst at Menton [France]; Lord Randolph's intention to avoid a meeting in Birmingham and lack of interest in politics; financial difficulties and his relief that "Winnie" [WSC] has recovered. 05 Jan [1883]
CHAR 28/7/8 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([France] on the notepaper of 2 Connaught Place) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his concern at her illness; meetings with [John] Gorst and [William] Coddington, Conservative MP for Blackburn [Lancashire] and with [Frederick] Hunt, Conservative candidate for Marylebone [London]. 06 Jan [1883]
CHAR 28/7/9-10 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Villa Carmen, Monte Carlo [Monaco]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his apologies for forgetting her birthday; arrangements for her journey to Monte Carlo; Annie's position [Duchess of Roxburghe, earlier Lady Anne Churchill and Lady Bowmont] as Mistress of the Robes; observations on the dullness of letters from [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff; and a request that she should give WSC some money before he returns to school. 11 Jan [1883]
CHAR 28/7/11 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Villa Carmen [Monte Carlo, Monaco]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: the bad weather which "follows me like my shadow"; his doctor's opinion that [Monte Carlo] is good for his health; the disappointment of [4th Lord] Dorchester that he had not been admitted to see her; and financial difficulties. 16 Jan [1883]
CHAR 28/7/12 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Villa Carmen, Monte Carlo [Monaco]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his happiness that she is able to come to Monte Carlo; the improvement in his health; a dinner that evening with [4th Lord] Dorchester [formerly Dudley Carleton]; his opinion that [William] Gladstone is "in a bad way" and [John] Gorst's opinion that [Sir Stafford] Northcote [later 1st Lord Iddesleigh] has not recovered his health. He asks her to meet [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff before leaving London to seek his advice about a meeting of Parliament. 17 Jan [1883]
CHAR 28/7/13-14 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his preoccupation with the Land Bill; his family's annoyance that he had not travelled to London with [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough]; a description of WSC as looking "thin and mangey"; the [Conservative] Party's pleasure at their victory over [Charles] Bradlaugh; anticipation of lively debates about the Land Bill; and the news that Mrs Mundy has "run off" with [20th Lord] Shrewsbury [and Talbot]. [Apr 1881]
CHAR 28/7/15 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (SS Rohilla) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including his ill health and the suffering of [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] in the bad weather. 04 Dec 1884
CHAR 28/7/16-18 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (SS Rohilla, off Lisbon [Portugal]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his voyage and the discomfort caused by poor weather and his disappointment that he would not be able to see Gibraltar. 08 Dec [1884] - 09 Dec [1884]
CHAR 28/7/19 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (SS Rohilla) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his voyage and the good weather conditions; his itinerary; his enjoyment of chess games with Tighe and his companions on the ship. 12 Dec 1884
CHAR 28/7/20-22 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (SS Rohilla) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of a visit to Malta where he was entertained by the Governor, Sir [John] Lintorn Simmons; his impressions of the Palace and battleships in Malta; a church service and "smoking concerts" held on board the ship, and the Suez Canal which he describes as a "dirty ditch". He ends by requesting that [Lady Randolph] forward the letter to [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough]. 13 Dec 1884 - 18 Dec 1884
CHAR 28/7/23-26 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (SS Nizam) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his anger at the temporary loss of part of his luggage; descriptions of his voyage, fellow passengers, catching sharks, and the engine failure of the ship; his poor opinion of an article "The Duke of Marlborough at home" which appeared in the World; and his arrival at Aden [later South Yemen]. 20 Dec 1884 - 22 Dec 1884
CHAR 28/7/27-29 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his opinion of Bombay [India]; his intention to accompany the Governor of India to see General Hardinge at Poona, then go to Indore to see Sir Lepel Griffin; his decision to decline an invitation from the Bombay Club on the grounds that there would have been a political demonstration against [1st Lord] Ripon [former Viceroy of India] as he declares "I did not come out to India to pursue politics or to make speeches". 01 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/30-32 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Government House, Bombay [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: birthday greetings; comments on the "adventures" had by WSC; arguments between Leonie [Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome] and the Leslie family; his opinion of Parsee practices; descriptions of his social engagements and those he has met, who included leading native politicians; his itinerary and a request that she should tell "Winnie" [WSC] that he has received his letter. 09 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/33-35 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (The Residency, Indore [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his journey from Bombay to Indore; meetings with Maharajah Holkan and other natives; his opinion of Sir Lepel Griffin and description of the guests at a dinner party he hosted; cheetah hunting; and observations of the manoeuvres of the 7th Dragoons. 14 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/36-37 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Agra [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his disappointment at not receiving any letters; his journey from Indore [India] to Agra; a visit to Mayo College, which is described as "a sort of Eton for Indian princes & nobles"; his decline of an invitation to speak at the club in Agra; and his planned itinerary. 17 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/38-39 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Residency Lucknow [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: thanks for her letters and a request that she thank "little Winny" [WSC] for his letter which Lord Randolph describes as well written; his annoyance at a letter from [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff; his poor opinion of the English in Lucknow; and observations on a meeting with the natives of Lucknow. 24 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/40-41 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (In Camp, Dudna [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: a description of game hunting on elephants with Colonel Murray; the date he expects to arrive at Calcutta [India]; and his reaction to news that the House of Commons has been blown up. 01 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/42 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bombay [India]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her that he has arrived safely and intends to remain for a week. 08 [Feb] [1885]
CHAR 28/7/43 Service form from Stacey (Bombay [India]) to the Managing Director of the Eastern Telegraph Company detailing a correction to be made to a [telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill]. See CHAR 28/7/42. 09 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/44-46 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Government House, Calcutta [India]) to Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his reaction to the news that she intends to sell their house at 2 Connaught Place [London] and request that she should wait until his return before buying another one; a description of the hospitality he has enjoyed with [1st Lord] Dufferin [and Ava, Viceroy of India]; confusion created by contradictory Government instructions telegraphed to Dufferin; and Lord Randolph's intention to stay with the Maharajah and with Sir Alfred Lyall [Lieutenant-Governor of the Indian North West provinces]. 10 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/47 Telegram from Bombay [India] to the Managing Director of the Eastern Telegraph Company instructing him to tell Lady Randolph Churchill that Lord Randolph Churchill is going to Allahabad [India] on the following day and that she should address letters to Bombay [India]. 14 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/48-50 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Rewa [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his relief that she has not sold their house at 2 Connaught Place [London]; observations on a speech made by [Joseph] Chamberlain in Birmingham in which he mentioned the Aston [Birmingham] riots [of 1884]; comments on a rumour that Lord Randolph is to stand [as parliamentary candidate] for Salford [Manchester]; discussion of his visit to Calcutta [India] and the information he has obtained through meetings with "native gentlemen" and government officials; his planned itinerary; an urgent telegram from [Sir Henry Drummond] Wolff on which Lord Randolph comments "no political contingency would hasten my return by an hour"; and a narrow escape from a carriage accident. 17 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/51-53 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Benares [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his opinions of Benares which he describes as "the most distinctly Hindoo city I have yet seen"; his opinion of bathing in the Ganges, the cremation of the dead and religious beliefs; a party given by the Maharajah which was attended by "Baboos"; general observations on his visit to India; and his intervention in a conflict between the police and water carriers about which he asks her to inform Wilfrid [Scawen] Blunt. 24 Feb 1885
CHAR 28/7/54-55 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Jeypore [India]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: descriptions of the city of Jeypore and the sight of the Taj [Mahal] by moonlight; comments on the foolishness of [British] officials avoiding contact with the natives; and an undertaking to write to [1st Lord] Dufferin [and Ava] concerning a vacancy for "Jack" [2nd Lord] Leslie. 03 Mar 1885
CHAR 28/7/56 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol [5, Place Vendome, Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: description of his voyage; the names of those he has seen [in Paris], who included the Rothschilds; Henry James' opinion of an affidavit prepared by [Lord] Blandford [later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough] which is described as "vicious". 24 May 1885
CHAR 28/7/57 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, 5 Place Vendome [Paris, France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of the social engagements he has attended and arrangements for his return. 26 May 1885
CHAR 28/7/58 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that all is well and that affairs are progressing in a reassuring way. 07 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/7/59 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] instructing her to ask Mr Irvine to help Mr Tennant who is going to Woodstock [Oxfordshire] to act as a volunteer and who is a friend of the Rothschilds. 29 Jun 1885
CHAR 28/7/60 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including descriptions of those he has met and a request for her opinion about a speech he made [on 4 September]. In a post script Lord Randolph adds that he has informed "C" that his doctor has ordered him to take complete rest. 06 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/61 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill ([Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including description of the weather conditions and compliments he has received from [Robert, 3rd Lord] Salisbury on speeches he made in Sheffield [Yorkshire]. 09 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/62-63 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Auchnashellach [Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including sympathy for the difficulties experienced by Clara [Frewen, earlier Clara Jerome] in childbirth; a message for [Henry] Chaplin; his success at fishing; and the hope that she has provided some entertainment for "Winny" [WSC]. 13 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/64-65 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Auchnashellach [Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his success at fishing; observations on the likelihood of a European war as a result of the actions of Russia and the illness of Cornelia [Lady Wimborne, earlier Cornelia Lady Guest and Lady Cornelia Churchill]. 19 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/66 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Auchnashellach [Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including approval of her reply to a letter from Lady Churchill and advice that she should participate with Lady Dufferin's fund. 22 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/67-68 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Auchnashellach, Dingwall [Ross and Cromarty, Scotland] on the notepaper of the India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his pleasure that Leonie [Leslie, earlier Leonie Jerome] has overcome difficulties with the Leslie family due to the birth of a son; approval of her plans with regard to Lady Dufferin's fund; conversations on Indian issues with Sir Frederick Roberts and Lord Randolph's planned itinerary. 27 Sep 1885
CHAR 28/7/69 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has decided to go to Brighton [East Sussex] for "fresh air". 17 Oct 1885
CHAR 28/7/70-71 Letter from Frank Thomas [Secretary to Lord Randolph Churchill] (The Residency, Indore [India]) to [Frances] Duchess [of Marlborough] reporting on Lord Randolph Churchill's health and including a description of their journey from Bombay to Indore, Lord Randolph's interview with the Maharajah Holkar, and game hunting. He discusses their planned itinerary and the excitement amongst the natives aroused by Lord Randolph's visit. 15 Jan 1885
CHAR 28/7/72 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (India Office) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising for having forgotten her birthday, informing her that HRH [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] had written him a kind letter and describing a boring Cabinet meeting. 10 Jan 1886
CHAR 28/7/73 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (Edgeware Road [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill informing her of the time of his arrival at Brighton [East Sussex]. 13 Mar 1886
CHAR 28/7/74-75 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (2 Connaught Place [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her letter and discussing his future visit to Paris [France] with [Henry] Chaplin and "Tommy" [WH] Trafford. He also reports on WSC's health and enjoyment of a locomotive steam train; a successful speech he has made in Parliament which had pleased the Whigs; and comments about "GOM" [Grand Old Man, William Gladstone] "He is the wickedest old devil any country ever produced". 17 Apr 1886
CHAR 28/7/76 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Vendome, 1 Place Vendome, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] detailing his social engagements and asking her to invite Henry James to dinner on his return. 20 Apr 1886
CHAR 28/7/77-79 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Jorresdal [Jordal, Norway]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of his journey, his and "Tommy" [W H Trafford's] success at fishing and the satisfactory news he has received by telegram. 10 Jul 1886
CHAR 28/7/80-81 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Jorresdal [Jordal, Norway]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his opinion that an address he gave in London had a favourable effect in the election; his anticipation that the Conservatives will remain in government for a considerable time; financial affairs; and his success at fishing. 13 Jul 1886
CHAR 28/7/82 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements to meet her at Newmarket [Suffolk], the end of the parliamentary session, and satisfactory interviews he had had with the D[uke] of Cambridge and [Count Paul von] Hatzfeldt [German ambassador]. 25 Sep 1886
CHAR 28/7/83 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Berlin [Germany]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his safe arrival and describing Berlin. 06 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/7/84 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bellevue, Dresden [Germany]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] including: his reaction to a message that [Prince Otto von] Bismarck would like to see him; a request that she thank [Count Charles] Kinsky for his letter; criticism of newspapers and the Pall Mall [Gazette]; and his planned itinerary. 08 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/7/85-86 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Frorner's Hotel Imperial, [Vienna, Austria]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his disgust at being pursued by newspaper reporters and with the lies printed in the papers, and also giving his impressions of Prague [Czechoslovakia]. 12 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/7/87-88 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Frorner's Hotel Imperial, [Vienna, Austria]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing his regret at the fire at their house at Connaught Place [London] and describing his social engagements and activities with "Tommy" [W H Trafford]. 15 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/7/89 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Hotel Bristol, Paris [France]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] describing his journey to Paris, detailing his social engagements and expressing pleasure at a letter he had received from WSC. 18 Oct 1886
CHAR 28/7/90 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Eridge Castle, East Sussex) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangement for their visit to see [Albert Edward, Prince of Wales] at Sandringham [Norfolk]. 01 Nov 1886
CHAR 28/7/91 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Bedford Hotel, Brighton [East Sussex]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] expressing his distress that WSC's fever has returned, enclosing a telegram [not present] and including directions for [Dr Robson] Roose as to where he is staying. [15] [Mar] [1886]
CHAR 28/7/92 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (House of Commons) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] reporting that all their friends are glad to hear good news of WSC['s recovery from pneumonia], anticipating the resignation of "Joe" [Joseph Chamberlain], and comments that the political events with which he was involved have gone awry during his absence. 18 Mar [1886]
CHAR 28/7/93 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Carlton Club [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her of his intention to go to Brighton [East Sussex] with Castlereagh [6th Lord Londonderry], that [Dr Robson] Roose is also going to Brighton, and expressing his pleasure at receiving good reports [of WSC]. [18] [Mar] [1886]
CHAR 28/7/94 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] including a description of a dinner he attended on the previous evening with [?Alfred] Rothschild, Henry James, and Arthur Balfour. [1886]
CHAR 28/7/95 Letter from Lord Randolph Churchill (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has ordered lunch for her and that [Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] intends to attend a meeting of the Primrose League on the following Wednesday. [1886]
CHAR 28/7/96 Telegram from Lord Randolph Churchill (St James' Street [London]) to Lady Randolph Churchill expressing his regret that she did not arrive on that morning and discussing arrangements for her departure. 1881
CHAR 28/7/97-100 Filing notes for letters to Lady Randolph Churchill, 1883, 1884-85, 1885 and 1886. 1883 - 1886