Acquired Papers. Letters to Lady Randolph Churchill from various correspondents and draft letters from Lady Randolph Churchill. The file chiefly relates to the organisation of "Shakespeare's England", an exhibition at Earl's Court. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: 1912

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CHAR 28/81/1 Letter from Henry Tonks (Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] recommending an artist, Albert Rothenstein, to assist her [with "Shakespeare's England"]. Transcription of letter at CHAR 28/81/2. 19 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/81/2 Transcription of a letter from Henry Tonks to [Lady Randolph Churchill] recommending an artist, Albert Rothenstein, to assist her [with "Shakespeare's England"]. Letter at CHAR 28/81/1. [19] [Jan] [1912]
CHAR 28/81/3 Letter from Henry Tonks (Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will set the students [at the Slade school] to work on posters [for "Shakespeare's England"] and comments that Albert Rothenstein will have good ideas for decoration. 19 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/81/4-8 Letter from George Bernard Shaw (10 Adelphi Terrace, London) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the insurance and possible profit from ["Shakespeare's England"]. He says that he does not wish to discourage her but gives precedents of tournaments which have been financially disastrous. In postscripts he refuses an invitation, discusses WSC's stance over Home Rule and his work on his book "John Bull's Other Ireland", reassures her "Do not worry about W [WSC]. They will not break his head, though they may possibly break each others with a few windows thrown in" and invites her to lunch. Signed typescript with manuscript additions. Includes notepaper annotated "Mr Bernard Shaw". 20 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/81/9 Letter from Martin Naruly (30 Avenue Road [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] recommending Alfred Rodway as an expert on Shakespearean heraldry [for "Shakespeare's England"]. 28 Jan 1912
CHAR 28/81/10 Letter from Henry Tonks (Vale Studio B, Vale Avenue, Chelsea [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he refers to prints of art work [for "Shakespeare's England"] and discusses the idea of making a galleon for a tournament. 03 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/11 Letter from Henry Airey (Garrick Club [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he offers to assist with her pageant ["Shakespeare's England"] and suggests that she might consider using "Romeo and Juliet" or "Julius Caesar". 12 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/12-13 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to King [George V] in which she outlines the progress of her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and asks whether he would be prepared to open the exhibition. Unsigned typescript. Includes notepaper annotated "Letters re Royalty". 15 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/14-15 Letter from Baron von Gersdorff (Connaught House, 2 Sinclair Road, Kensington [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he recommends Professor Max Reinhardt in connection with her idea of taking "Shakespeare's England" to Germany. He explains that Reinhardt is keen to stage "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and hopes that the actors would be prepared to work with him "just for the sake of honour". See CHAR 28/81/14-15. 15 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/16-18 Letter from Herbert Norris (16 Cambridge Road, Battersea Park [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he sets out a colour scheme for the banqueting hall [for "Shakespeare's England"] including the costumes of the participants. 19 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/19 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill]("Shakespeare's England", Whitehall House, Charing Cross [London]) to [Baron von Gersdorff] in which she says that she regrets that it will not be possible to stage "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of "Shakespeare's England" but promises to contact Professor [Max] Reinhardt should she decide to take the exhibition to Berlin [Germany]. Unsigned typescript. See CHAR 28/81/14-15. 23 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/20 Letter from Archibald Widdows [Private Secretary to Lord Haldane] (War Office, Whitehall ) to [Edward] Marsh informing him that permission has been granted for Seymour Lucas to take moulds. 29 Feb 1912
CHAR 28/81/21 Letter from Hermann Dernburg (W Lutzow Ufer 14, Berlin [Germany]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he would be prepared to assist her as an advisor and architect in the scheme to take ["Shakespeare's England"] to Berlin and says that it will be necessary to raise the money in London. 08 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/22 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill] to Hermann Dernburg in which she invites him to attend "Shakespeare's England" and says that she hopes it will be successful in Berlin [Germany]. Unsigned typescript. 14 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/23 Letter from Kenneth Barnes (Academy of Dramatic Art, 62 Gower Street [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that the Council of the Academy of Dramatic Art has give its approval to the students performing at the "Globe Theatre" as part of "Shakespeare's England". Signed typescript. 15 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/24 Letter from [4th Lord] Minto (Minto House, Hawick [Roxburghshire, Scotland]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] agreeing to participate with the "Mermaid Tavern" [part of "Shakespeare's England"]. 22 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/25 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Queen Alexandra asking her whether she would be prepared to open her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"], suggesting that many would like to see the Queen participate in public life again and commenting on the good site of the "Sandringham School of Carving" within the exhibition. Unsigned typescript. 22 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/26 Copy of a letter from Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Queen Alexandra in which she thanks her for agreeing to open her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and invites her to lunch at her private house within the exhibition grounds [at Earls' Court] before looking round the exhibition. 27 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/27-28 Letter from Lillah Granville Barker (The Kingsway Theatre, Great Queen Street [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she asks her not to remove her signature in support of the abolition of censorship, discusses the implication of censorship on drama and invites her to tea. Signed typescript. 23 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/29 Copy of a letter Jennie Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] (2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Queen Alexandra discussing the Queen's visit to "Shakespeare's England". Unsigned typescript. 29 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/30 Letter from Charlotte Knollys [Bedchamber Woman to Queen Alexandra](Marlborough House [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses the publicity surrounding the visit of Queen Alexandra to "Shakespeare's England" and requests that the press should not be notified until after the visit, explaining that this is the first public event attended by the Queen since the death of King [Edward VII]. 30 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/31 Letter from [Sir] Charles Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] (5 Lennox Gardens [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he sympathises with her [?over her separation from George Cornwallis West] and that he will help her if he is able. 31 Mar 1912
CHAR 28/81/32-33 Notes from F H Cupps-Day on an interview with the York Herald about the ceremonial to be observed [as part of "Shakespeare's England"] which chiefly deal with the batons and poles held by those present. 03 Apr 1912
CHAR 28/81/34 Drawings of figures and accoutrements [to be used as part of "Shakespeare's England"] annotated with explanatory notes by the York Herald. 03 Apr 1912
CHAR 28/81/35 Letter from Edmund Gosse (17 Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he congratulates her on the success [of "Shakespeare's England"] which he says that he enjoyed. 10 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/36 Letter from Leo Silvester (22 Old Queen Street, Westminster [London]) to "Mrs George" [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he congratulates her on the successful opening of her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"]. 12 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/37 Letter from an unidentified correspondent (Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he hopes to be able to visit ["Shakespeare's England"], that he has an interview with Princess Louise concerning B E S S and that he would like to have lunch with her at the Mermaid Tavern and that he is keen for ["Shakespeare's England"] to be successful. Signed typescript. 16 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/38 Letter from Lawrence Brealy (10 Gilston Road, South Kensington [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he compliments her on ["Shakespeare's England"], says that he would like to see her to discuss the possibility of his appearing in a play. 19 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/39 Letter from ?Macmillan (Midland Hotel, Manchester) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will not be able to attend a performance compliments her on the organisation of her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"]. 20 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/40-41 Letter from Frank Beck (Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses pleasure at the news that Colonel Richardson is to oversee Queen Alexandra's exhibits at the Shakespeare exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and compliments her on its success. Signed typescript. Includes notepaper annotated "Re Royalty". 24 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/42 Letter from Morton Porter (Hotel Windsor, Westminster [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] concerning the model of the "Revenge" [which formed part of "Shakespeare's England"]. He says that he would like it to be exhibited permanently, asks how much it would cost and for information about the arms on the model. 27 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/43 Letter from Frank Beck (Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he encloses a letter [not present] from Colonel Richardson and says that he trusts that she has arranged that they should pay a commission of 10% [on Queen Alexandra's exhibits at "Shakespeare's England"]. Signed typescript. 30 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/44 Letter from Acton Bond, Secretary of the British Empire Shakespeare Society (17 Clifton Hill, London) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for Shakespearean readings. Signed typescript. 31 May 1912
CHAR 28/81/45 Letter from [Lord] Northcliffe [formerly Alfred Harmsworth], Proprietor of The Times, to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing an allegation that his newspapers have boycotted her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"]. He explains the difficulty of publicising entertainments, says that he hopes to attend and that he will help as he promised WSC. 03 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/46 Postcard from Ariane Hudson to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] confirming a meeting. Illustrated with a picture of the sender dancing. 10 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/47 Letter from Margot [Asquith, later Lady Oxford and Asquith](10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking whether she would be prepared to give her a reduced ticket price for her tournament ["Shakespeare's England"]. She explains that she would like to take her children and says that she will make a donation if the exhibition is not a success. 15 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/48 Letter from [Lord] Knollys [Private Secretary to the King] (Windsor Castle) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her on behalf of King [George V] that he is unable to promise to attend her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] but that he will not forget the invitation. 18 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/49 Letter from Margot [Asquith, later Lady Oxford and Asquith](10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for her invitation to her box for ["Shakespeare's England"], discussing the clothes which she and Henry [Asquith] will wear and asking about attending a rehearsal. 20 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/50 Letter from Acton Bond, Secretary of the British Empire Shakespeare Society (8 Clifton Hill, London) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her on behalf of Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig Holstein and the Society for her assistance with a star matinee. 29 Jun 1912
CHAR 28/81/51 Letter from [Lord] Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V](Buckingham Palace) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing the royal visit to her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"]. 08 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/52 Letter from [Lord] Curzon [of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he says that he will attend ["Shakespeare's England"] as long as he is allowed to wear evening dress. 08 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/53 Telegram from Manuel (Richmond, Surrey) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising for not being able to attend ["Shakespeare's England"]. 10 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/54 Letter from an unidentified correspondent (Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London) to [Moreton] Frewen expressing admiration for the "genius" of Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in organising ["Shakespeare's England"]. 10 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/55 Letter from [Lord] Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V](Buckingham Palace) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking whether she received his letter about the royal visit to ["Shakespeare's England"]. 10 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/56 Letter from [Sir] Charles Mathews (5 Lennox Gardens [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her [on "Shakespeare's England"]. 11 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/57 Letter from "Ettie"[Ethel, Lady Desborough] (30 Bruton Street [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her [on "Shakespeare's England"] and thanking her for allowing her children to attend the rehearsal. Unsigned typescript. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/58 Letter from [4th Lord Rosebery](38 Berkeley Square [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her [on "Shakespeare's England"]. Signedwith initials. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/59 Letter from "G" [Lord Curzon of Kedleston](1 Carlton House Terrace [London]) to [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he compliments her [on "Shakespeare's England"] and discussing the form in which they address each other in letters. Signed with initials. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/60 Letter from Mary (34 Tite Street, Chelsea [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she compliments her [on "Shakespeare's England"], expresses disappointment that the "idiotic public did not make more of it", and attributes this to a rumour that the view was poor from everything except the 10 pound seats. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/61 Card from George (28 South Street, Mayfair [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her [on "Shakespeare's England"]. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/62 Letter from Morton Frewen (White's [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her [on "Shakespeare's England"] and enclosing a note [not present]. 12 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/63 Letter from Morton Porter (Windsor Hotel, Westminster [London]) suggesting that the model of the "Revenge" [used in "Shakespeare's England"] should be exhibited at Plymouth. 13 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/64 Letter from Seymour Lucas (New Place, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead [London]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he asks her for his honorarium in respect of his work [on "Shakespeare's England"]. 15 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/65 Letter from Esther Wood (Ladder Stile, Kingston Hill, Surrey) Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which she compliments her [on "Shakespeare's England"]. 16 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/66 Letter from Gordon Wilson (24 Great Cumberland Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a cheque. 16 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/67 Letter from Gordon Wilson (24 Great Cumberland Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he suggests that she should send a donation to the Montagu Fund as it is likely that a question will be asked in the House of Commons concerning the use of His Majesty's Troop Horses for non military purposes [in "Shakespeare's England"]. See CHAR 28/81/68. 17 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/68 Letter from Gordon Wilson (24 Great Cumberland Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he thanks her for the donation of 200 pounds to the Montagu Fund and says that he will ensure that her name is added to the list of donors. See CHAR 28/81/67. 18 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/69 Letter from [Lord] Knollys [Private Secretary to King George V](Buckingham Palace) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] discussing arrangements for the royal visit to ["Shakespeare's England"]. 18 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/70 Letter from Minnie Paget (35 Belgrave Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] congratulating her on the success of ["Shakespeare's England"]. 18 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/71 Letter from Neville Lytton (Crabbet Park, Poundhill, Threebridges, Sussex) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he expresses disappointment at the news that Miss Chaplin's performances at Earl's Court [London, part of "Shakespeare's England"] are to end and offering to persuade people to visit so that the show may continue. 20 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/72 Copy of a letter from [Lady Randolph Churchill](2 Norfolk Street, Park Lane [London]) to Lord Northcliffe [earlier Alfred Harmsworth] reminding him of his promise to publicise her exhibition ["Shakespeare's England"] and informing him that she has organised a circus to attract the "great public". Unsigned manuscript in the hand of a secretary. 30 Jul 1912
CHAR 28/81/73 Letter from Frank Benson (Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford on Avon [Warwickshire]) to Mrs Cornwallis West in which he thanks her for offering to let him assist with ["Shakespeare's England"] and apologises for not being of greater help. 31 Jul [1912]
CHAR 28/81/74-78 Numbers not allocated. 1997
CHAR 28/81/79 Letter from [Lord] Northcliffe [formerly Alfred Harmsworth] (Elmwood, St Peter's [Kent]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] informing her that he has instructed the Daily Mail to cover the circus [part of "Shakespeare's England"] and the Daily Mirror to include a picture. 09 Aug 1912
CHAR 28/81/80 Letter from Gordon Wilson (24 Great Cumberland Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a souvenir [of "Shakespeare's England"]. 16 Aug 1912
CHAR 28/81/81 Letter from Charlotte Knollys [Bedchamber Woman to Queen Alexandra](Studeley Royal, Ripon [Yorkshire]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] enclosing the name of the cabinet maker in charge of the carving school [at Sandringham, Norfolk] and discussing the Queen's travelling difficulties which have been created by industrial action. 12 Aug 1912
CHAR 28/81/82 Letter from Seymour Lucas (The Priory, Blythburgh, Suffolk) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] asking whether there are any copies of the programme [of "Shakespeare's England"] which might be available for an antiquarian society. 06 Sep 1912
CHAR 28/81/83 Letter from Seymour Lucas (The Priory, Blythburgh, Suffolk) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he discusses the possibility that the "Revenge" [used in "Shakespeare's England"] might go to Plymouth [Devon] and that the exhibition may go to Germany. 11 Sep 1912
CHAR 28/81/84 Letter from Seymour Lucas (The Priory, Blythburgh, Suffolk) to Miss Gaston informing her of the safe arrival of the "Remembrance" [of "Shakespeare's England"]. 14 Sep 1912
CHAR 28/81/85 Letter from Henry Hurrell (Guildhall, Plymouth [Devon]) to Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for the photograph of Armada day celebrated on the "Revenge" [part of "Shakespeare's England"] and complimenting her on the work of WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty. 08 Nov 1912
CHAR 28/81/86 Letter from [Sir] Charles Mathews (5 Lennox Gardens [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for a present and commenting on his affection for her. 24 Dec 1912
CHAR 28/81/87 Letter from Shelagh [Duchess of Westminster, formerly Shelagh Cornwallis West] (Eaton, Chester) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] wishing her a happy new year and commenting on the generosity of her behaviour towards George [Cornwallis West, a reference to granting him a divorce]. 30 Dec [1912]
CHAR 28/81/88 Postcard of a photograph of a man with two children in which the sender wishes Mrs Cornwallis West [Lady Randolph Churchill] a happy new year. Dec 1912
CHAR 28/81/89 Letter from [Lord] Basil Blackburn [Assistant Secretary Land Development Commission] to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] in which he agrees to take part [in "Shakespeare's England"] provided that she does not ask him to perform in a "musical ride". Illustrated with drawings of Elizabethan figures mounted and on foot. Dec 1912
CHAR 28/81/90 Card from Marie [Duchess of Edinburgh](Claridge's [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] thanking her for inviting her [to "Shakespeare's England"] and complimenting her on its success. [1912]
CHAR 28/81/91 Letter from Adele (Bourdon House, Davies Street, Berkeley Square [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her on the success [of "Shakespeare's England"]. [1912]
CHAR 28/81/92 Letter from "C" (23 St James' Place [London]) to Jennie [Lady Randolph Churchill] complimenting her on the success [of "Shakespeare's England"]. [1912]
CHAR 28/81/93 Letter from an unidentified correspondent (31 Tite Street, Chelsea [London]) to Mrs West [Lady Randolph Churchill] apologising for not being able to accept an invitation. [1912]