Letters from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill] to Lord Randolph Churchill. The file includes material relating to her engagement to Lord Randolph and the letters are characterised by the inclusion of French words and phrases. All items are manuscript and signed unless otherwise described.

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Date: Aug 1873 - Jan 1874

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CHAR 28/92/1-3 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](London) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she has persuaded [Clara Jerome] to allow her to write to him and that she is convinced that he has changed since Cowes [Isle of Wight] and no longer loves her. She says that he is free of any obligation to marry her, discusses his reference to gossip against [Leonard Jerome], her admiration for her father, her pride, an item in the Court Journal and her love for him. 16 Sep [1873]
CHAR 28/92/4-6 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her regret at sending her last letter [CHAR 28/92/1-3]; her love for him; the possibility of their marriage taking place in December; her decision to decline an invitation to Queen [Victoria's] box from Lord George; [Clara Jerome's] decision to move to another apartment; and a photograph of him and a bracelet which she will treasure. 19 Sep [1873]
CHAR 28/92/7-9 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: the likelihood that [Clara Jerome] will prevent her from writing to him; his volatile temperament; objection to their marriage by his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough]; the strength of their feelings for each other; her intention to begin her studies and music and approval for his paper. 22 Sep [1873]
CHAR 28/92/10-14 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: his "wickedness" in his last letter about his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough]; a bid for him to be patient and wait [before marrying her]; encouragement for his ambitions; her faith that her parents [Leonard Jerome and Clara Jerome] will take care of them; letters from her father commenting on the suddenness of their engagement; her desire to see him; her frustration at not being able to ride without a chaperone; the effect of his letters on her moods; her decision to wait for a year before marrying him; the likelihood that [Clara Jerome] will forbid him from visiting her and the importance of persuading his father to consent to their engagement. 26 Sep [1873]
CHAR 28/92/15-16 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she comments on his unkindness in not writing to her, describes a dress which she has bought, a visit to the Bois [de Boulogne] and her music and says that she is trying to persuade her mother [Clara Jerome] to go to Pau [France]. 20 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/17-18 Letter from Jennie [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that the rain prevents her from doing anything; denies flirting with [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames; comments on cruel gossip by Helene [Standish]; discusses her habit of going to bed late and a royal procession which will pass her apartment; and says that she is glad that he is not in London as she would be jealous of the women he would see. 21 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/19-20 Letter from Jennie [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: the importance of their correspondence to her; the change of tone in his letters and his tendency to treat her as one "quite under yr authority" which she likes; the opinion of society about their association; her desire to go to the country and her decision not to allow him to meet Helene [Standish] as he might fall in love with her. 22 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/21-22 Letter from Jennie [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: her disappointment at not receiving a letter from him; a letter from [Leonard Jerome] about Jerome Park; the repetition in the American press of a piece in the Court Journal which linked their names; her approval for his comments about Helen [von Hatzfeldt] disagreeing with [Clara Jerome's] decision to break off the friendship with her; and her hope that [Henry] Barnett would resign [as MP for Woodstock, Oxfordshire]. 23 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/23-24 Letter from Jennie [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: the regularity of her letters to him and her conviction that they bore him; ordering chocolates for him; a request that he should investigate her order for writing paper; reminiscences about their meeting with [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames in Paris and a letter she has written to [Leonard Jerome]. 24 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/24A-24B Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she discusses Helen [von Hatzfeldt's] pleasure at his message; "idiotic messages" from Robbins; an article about the Comte de Chambord; her pleasure at his letter and her suffering with a cold. 25 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/25 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is suffering with a cold, that she has not received a letter from him and that she is looking forward to seeing him. 26 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/26-27 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France] "After the opera") to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that if her affection is not enough for him "you must look for love elsewhere"; gives the names of those present at the opera; points out his error in calling her a "yankee" as "yankees" are the inhabitants of the New England states [of the United States of America]; and comments that his letters suggest that he dreads spending the rest of his life with her. 27 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/28-29 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she apologises for her last letter; says that her health has improved and that [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames has been lying; discusses [Clara Jerome's] friendship with Mrs Adair and Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen's] anger with her for telling him about Robbins. 28 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/30 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she did not "voluntarily" not write to him, reports that [Clara Jerome] has found a house but that she will be sorry to leave their "petit trou [little hole]" because of memories of him, and says that ?Khinenbuller has made "rather a fool of himself". 31 Oct [1873]
CHAR 28/92/31 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is prepared to take the first steps towards the resolution of their quarrel and comments on the "crossness" of his letters to her. 02 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/32-33 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is glad that he is going to the country, commenting "you know you have the reputation of being very fast"; remarks on his display of temper; says that she saw [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames and Princess Mathilde; asks how well he knows [Algernon] Mitford [later 1st Lord Redesdale] whom [Leonard Jerome] has met and urges him not to repeat what she said about Mrs Adair [see CHAR 28/92/28-29]. 04 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/34-35 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she reproaches him for writing short letters, sympathises with his cold, describes a meeting with [Henry] Standish, and thanks him for a ring. 05 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/36-38 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses their correspondence and the time a letter takes to reach her, Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen's] decision not to post a letter which would anger him, says that she would like to see him and discusses the likelihood that [Leonard Jerome] will visit ; warns him about Mrs [Bill] Carrington and says that she has been visited by [Count de] Fenelon. 07 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/39 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for only having the time to write a short letter, promises to write and tell him about the [Bazaine] trial, and describes a music performance she attended with Mrs Moulton. 10 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/40-42 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she describes a session of the trial of Bazaine which she attended including comments on the depositions about the availability of supplies to the military and the choice of a lawyer. She also says that he made a good impression on Mrs [Bill] Carrington but that she is sure that he prefers her and discusses her concern for the safety of [Leonard Jerome]. 21 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/92/43-44 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is looking forward to seeing him although she hopes that he will refrain from making "tiresome remarks", discusses the possibility of going riding as she has found a chaperone and says that she has been reading Horace. [22] [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/45 Letter from Jeannette [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Cowes, Isle of Wight]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] bidding him farewell, assuring him that she will be able to persuade [Clara Jerome] to agree [to their engagement] and telling him not to smoke too much. [Aug] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/46 Letter from Jeannette [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she thanks him for a photograph and for his letter and says that she wishes that he had told her that she was going to see [Henry Standish and Helene Standish] in London. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/47-49 Letter from Jeannette Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is delighted that she will see him soon; says that her anxiety [about their engagement] has prevented her doing anything and has made her lose weight; discusses [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough's] and [Clara Jerome's] opinion that they should wait before marrying; instructs him to reply to her mother's [Clara Jerome's] letter as her mother does not believe what he has said about his father; and sympathises on the death of the pug. [Sep] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/50-51 Letter from Jeannette [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she reproaches him for writing "such a letter" to her mother [Clara Jerome] and says that she did not mean to imply that her mother did not believe him and begs him to come and see her. [Sep] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/52-54 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she has been dancing, describes the Moultons' ball and says that she was criticised for attending such an occasion before her marriage by [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames. She says that she will not go to future dances and sympathises with his anxiety [about Lady Portarlington's health]. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/55-57 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is about to attend a ball but that she is unsure whether he would approve, promises to send him a photograph and says that she is missing Leonie [Jerome later Lady Leslie]. In a later section she says that she enjoyed the ball and that Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen] and her were "a great success", and asks him not to think her "giddy and wicked" to attend without him and expresses sympathy with his anxiety about his aunt [Lady Portarlington]. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/58-59 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she objects to the letter he wrote her criticising her for not writing to him, discusses her social engagements, and says that she feels that he only loves her when he is with her. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/60 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks him for his letter, says that she has been occupied choosing carpets and has seen Mr Vivian, about whom she comments "I wonder how I ever had a sentiment for him". [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/61-66 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: the coldness of his letters and the possibility that he has not received her letters and does not want to see her; gossip about their marriage; her poor health caused by his letters and "this continued wear & tear of one's mind" ; sympathy on his aunt's [Lady Portarlington's] illness; their search for an apartment; and [Henry] Standish and [Helene Standish]'s departure for Cannes. The letter may be incomplete although she signs her name in a passage added at the top of the first page. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/67 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she wishes she could be with him, expresses sympathy for his worry [about the illness of his aunt, Lady Portarlington] and says that she hopes that he is elected as MP for Woodstock [Oxfordshire]. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/68-70 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she is worried that he will be bored if he stays for a month in Paris; speculates on their married life; discusses her displeasure with [?]Khinenbuller and a meeting with Henry Standish and says that he should not associate with other "pretty women". [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/71-72 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she looks forward to seeing him; describes playing music; and speculates about the future when "I shall be an enormous great ugly woman of 30 & you will be a charming young man of 35"; and discusses his visit to Sandringham [Norfolk] and asks to be remembered to Mrs Bill Carrington. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/73-75 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that he must be alarmed "at the capriciousness and disagreeableness of my abominable nature"; discusses her selfishness and disappointment that he has been unable to visit; says that she hopes his aunt [Lady Portarlington] is better; and that she wishes she had been able to see [Leonard Jerome]. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/76 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she is looking forward to seeing him. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/77-79 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for her letter [CHAR 28/92/73-75], says that she finds being separated from him very difficult and wonders whether he regrets not being able to come and see her [due to the illness of his aunt, Lady Portarlington], and discusses her fear of dying as "life seems to me so bright & happy so full of joys & happiness" and her lack of religious feeling. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/80-82 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she hopes that he will be able to see [Leonard Jerome]; expresses sympathy about the illness of his aunt [Lady Portarlington]; says that she will be disappointed if he is unable to come and discusses giving a photograph to Lord Edgecombe, a dull social occasion and her writing paper. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/83-87 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including reassurance about the strength of her feelings for him, discussion of his jealousy about ?Khinenbuller and a party she is to attend. In a section of the letter written later she describes the party she attended and says that she did not enjoy it without him. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/88 Letter from Clara Jerome [later Clara Frewen] (Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] thanking him for performing an errand for her and comments on her relief that [Leonard Jerome] is safe. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/89 Letter from Jennie[Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] ([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] discussing arrangements for him to meet [Leonard Jerome] and objects to his correction of her use of the term "prorogation" [in reference to the trial of Bazaine]. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/90 Letter from Jennie[Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] ([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that [Clara Jerome] thinks that he should not come to Paris before January and says that she is very disappointed. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/91-92 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill] ([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses arrangements for his visit to Paris, says that she has received a letter from [Count de] Fenelon about her use of the term "prorogation" and quotes from the French dictionary to support her use. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/93 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses tasks she is helping her mother [Clara Jerome] with and a plot which involves a member of [Henry] Standish's family. [1874]
CHAR 28/92/94 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses her visit to the trial of Bazaine and the racing [in Paris] and suggests that he makes sure that he is introduced to Mrs [Bill] Carrington. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/95 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she expresses disappointment at not having received a letter from him, says that she has had to have her hair cut, discusses her music practice and reports that she has met Thierry d'Alsace. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/96-97 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she hopes he is not angry about her not having written, apologises for having missed the post and says that she has been playing [the piano] and her fingers ache. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/98-100 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: sympathy at the death of his aunt [Lady Portarlington]; her pleasure that he is coming to see her; speculations about their marriage and the change in his tone and her fears about his feelings for her. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/101-102 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her anger at his letter which suggested that her feelings would change if they were separated; her low opinion of other men in comparison to him; the cause of the fire at the opera house; [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames's premonition of the disaster; her decision not to attend the races; a meeting with Miss Clark; and her hatred of the cold weather. [Oct] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/103 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she has changed her mind and will attend the races as Prince de Sagan has sent tickets, discusses the financial worries of Castillagnac and instructs him not to flirt with the "young ladies" at Normanton. [Oct] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/104-105 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her capriciousness in changing her mind about attending the races; a report of the results of the races; her handwriting and the times at which she writes to him; her interest in a programme and the decoration of a house. [Oct] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/106-108 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: criticism of his rudeness in his letters; his lack of belief in her feelings; the impertinence of Strange Jocelyn in asking about her principles and her decision not to send him some photographs of herself which she considers "ugly". [Oct] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/109-111 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: thanks for his letter; a visit to the opera; "Mama's" [Clara Jerome's] anger that Clara [Jerome later Clara Frewen] had invited Helen von Hatzfeldt; Clara's generosity towards her friends; the visit of an unidentified "gentleman" to warn her of Randolph's temper and her horror at the arrival of an American in Paris, whom she promises not to see. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/112-113 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: apologies for writing him a "cross" letter; the difficulties experienced by Helen von Hatzfeldt; her loneliness and her enjoyment in writing to him. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/92/114-115 Letter from Jennie Jerome [later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks him for coming to wish her a second goodbye, discusses the strength of her feelings for him and describes the "interieur" scene of the room in which her mother [Clara Jerome] is reading and Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen] is working at her tapestry. [Jan] [1874]
CHAR 28/92/116 Letter from Jeannette [Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she says that she hopes that his cold is better. [Jan] [1874]