Acquired Papers. Letters from 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.

Reference code: CHAR 28/93

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Date: 1873

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CHAR 28/93/1 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, discusses the arrival of [Leonard Jerome] and asks whether he is related to [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames. 15 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/93/2-3 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 and discusses her visit to the court [for the trial of Bazaine]. Envelope sealed with red wax present. 16 Nov 1873
CHAR 28/93/4-5 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she apologises for not being able to write a full letter. Envelope present. 25 Nov 1873
CHAR 28/93/6-8 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: apologies for her last note; her sorrow at him leaving; the "torture" of a dinner at Mrs Moulton's; the strength of her feelings for him; and a gift of tickets to Versailles from [Count de] Fenelon. Envelope present. 25 Nov 1873
CHAR 28/93/9-10 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: sympathy with his anger at missing a train; thanks from [Leonard Jerome] for cigarettes; and her illness with a headache. Envelope present. 25 Nov 1873
CHAR 28/93/11-12 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her relief at being alone; sorrow at being separated from him; and anger at people abusing him. Envelope present. 26 Nov 1873
CHAR 28/93/13-14 Part of a letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her disappointment at not receiving a letter from him; allegations one of her uncles has made about Randolph [to Leonard Jerome]; an amusing visit from Monsieur Lelapseur and her worry that his feelings for her are less strong. Last page of letter torn in half. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/15-16 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks him for his "amiable" letter, reassures him of her confidence in him and reports that she is going to ride with Mr Blount and [Leonard Jerome] but has decided not to invite [Prince de] Sagan. Envelope present. 28 [Nov] 1873
CHAR 28/93/17-18 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she thanks him for his letter, suggests that he should accompany his parents [John, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Frances, Duchess of Marlborough] to Egypt and says that she wonders whether they will marry. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/19-20 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] discussing arrangements to see him and asking him not to be angry about their row. Envelope present. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/21-22 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] apologising for a letter she sent him. Envelope present. 29 [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/23 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] apologising for missing the post. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/24-25 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([ France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses a visit from [Helen] von Hatzfeldt, discusses her letters and her reluctance to show excessive affection to him in her letters. Envelope present. 28 Nov [1873]
CHAR 28/93/26 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that his letter made her miserable as she is worried about his health. [Nov] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/27-29 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses concern for his health, says that she enjoys writing to him and comments on the pain of separation, and says that she has been having a "violent discussion" with [Leonard Jerome and Clara Jerome] about him. Envelope present. 01 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/30-31 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she chastises him for writing a long letter about her uncle [who had criticised him], commenting "you are rather too fond of indulging in a bit of sarcasm", and says that she is not missing him. Envelope present. Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/32 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she says that she has been walking with Helen [Von Hatzfeldt] and [Count de Fenelon] whom she describes as very amusing. [1873]
CHAR 28/93/33-36 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: discussion of the disaster of the sinking of a ship, the Ville de ?Harle and [Leonard Jerome's] losses; the reliability of Cunard ships; problems with [Clara Jerome] who has been influenced by others' opinions of Randolph due to her lack of judgement; her declaration that she would "rather have a life full of ...worries & persecutions with you - than the most peaceful quiet life with a man who would only think of me & be au coin du feu [by the fireside] all day"; the happiness of their future marriage; her relief that he is better and an incident in which money was stolen from "Papa" [Leonard Jerome]. [1873]
CHAR 28/93/37-39 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: an apology for not having written a long letter to him recently; fear that her letter will seem dull "amidst all yr amusements"; [Count de] Fenelon's refusal to go to the embassy in London; the pain of being separated from him; the possibility that she might accompany [Leonard Jerome] to [the United States of America]; an instruction that he should make himself amiable to everyone at Blenheim and Helen [von Hatzfeldt's] opinion that her handwriting is "shocking". [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/40-42 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her tiredness after riding with "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] ; his occupation with a party at Blenheim; and [Clara Jerome's] sorrow at the loss of a portrait [in the sinking of the Ville de Harle]. Envelope present. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/43-44 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] apologising for not writing the previous day, reprimanding him for going to London with a cold especially while [Helene] Standish is there and discussing a dinner at which [Charles, Comte de] Fitzjames and Helene [von Hatzfeldt] were present. Envelope present. 05 Dec [1873]
CHAR 28/93/45-47 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] including: a visit to Versailles; her pleasure at his letters; discussion of Lachand's defence [in the trial of Bazaine]; agreement to meet with [Lord Blandford, later George, 8th Duke of Marlborough]; the possibility of attending one of the Moultons' balls with him and gossip about her. Envelope present. 10 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/48 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord Randolph Churchill] in which she expresses disappointment at not receiving a letter from him and says that she has a headache as she has been shopping all day. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/49-51 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her hope to go skating as [Prince de] Sagan has sent tickets; a scolding from "Mama" [Clara Jerome] for walking with "H" [Helen von Hatzfeldt] although she argues that "it is not a great crime!"; discussion of the result of the trial [of Bazaine]; delays in moving into a new apartment; music and a warning to him not to speak to Mrs [Strange] Jocelyn. Envelope present. 11 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/52-54 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: skating and the people there; her irritation with [Baron Christian] Waldner who behaves as though she was not engaged; playing the piano with Mr Sartoris; and [Leonard Jerome's] disappointment at not being able to see Randolph again. Envelope present. 12 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/55 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her enjoyment of skating; comments about ?Lambertyre; and her feelings of guilt at skating or talking with other men. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/56-57 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her stiffness from skating; dinner with Mr Bennett; disappointment that [Thierry] D'Alsace is going to Africa; and boredom with [Count de] Fenelon. Envelope present. 13 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/58-60 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her dependence on his letters and her habit of writing "blue" letters when she is worried about something; her worry that her feelings for him may be a "passing fancy"; and concern for their future and her belief that they will have a happy marriage despite public opinion. Envelope present. 15 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/61-65 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: thanks for his letter; the pain of being separated from him which makes her feel "the way an old woman of 80 feels"; "Papa's" [Leonard Jerome's] visit to the theatre to see "La jolie parfumeuse"; anxiety at her father's decision to travel to the United States in winter; the attitude of her mother [Clara Jerome] towards Randolph; his displeasure with [Lord] Bowmont [later 7th Duke of Roxburghe]; an objection to his complaints about the boredom of his life and comparison with hers; information about Baron Christian de Waldner and Sartoris and defence of her decision to skate with other men. Envelope present. 16 [Dec] 1873
CHAR 28/93/66-68 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: objection to his comment that men "forget themselves" with her; his reliance on their correspondence when he is bored at Blenheim; the steadiness of her feelings towards him; the end of the skating season; the trial of Bazaine; and the possibility of a war with Cuba. Envelope present. 17 [Dec] 1873
CHAR 28/93/69-71 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: apologies for her previous "cross" letter; playing the piano with Sartoris; her acquaintance with Madame de Rothschild; her headache; and the departure of [Thierry] D'Alsace to Africa. Envelope present. 18 [Dec] 1873
CHAR 28/93/72 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] in which she discusses her disappointment at not receiving a letter from him, says that she would like to accept an invitation from [Prince de] Sagan to go hunting and that she hopes that he has not forgotten her. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/73-77 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: thanks for his letters; an unsatisfactory conversation with her parents [Leonard Jerome and Clara Jerome] about their marriage and her mother's "unbounded influence" over her father; her frustration at delays to their marriage; a description of a stag hunting expedition with [Prince de] Sagan and her translation; an evening with Mr Blount and Sartoris and an invitation from the latter. Envelope present. 22 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/78-79 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: disappointment at not receiving a letter from him; her decision to go hunting with [Prince de] Sagan and concern whether he would approve; the difficulty of refusing attractive invitations from men and her desire to see him. [Dec] [1873]
CHAR 28/93/80-82 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: her disappointment that he would rather she had not [gone hunting] at Fontainebleu and her decision to obey his wishes; her mother's [Clara Jerome's] leniency with her; a visit from [Henry] Standish; her irritation during a ride with "Papa" [Leonard Jerome] and Clara [Jerome, later Clara Frewen] and her pleasure at the imminent arrival of Leonie [Jerome, later Lady Leslie]. Envelope present. 22 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/83-85 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: Christmas greetings; failure to meet Leonie [Jerome, later Lady Leslie] at the station; a visit from Khinenbuller; an effusive letter from Count Boupoff which amused "K" [Khinenbuller]; reminiscence of their amusement at a letter from [Khinenbuller] at Rosetta [Cottage, Isle of Wight]; her opinion of K[hinenbuller] as a good friend; and her hatred of Brighton [Sussex]. Envelope present. 22 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/86-88 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill]([Paris, France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: thanks for his letter; [Leonard Jerome's] opinion that "Mama" [Clara Jerome] should not oppose their marrying in the spring; an argument with her mother; the pain of being separated from him; the effect of staying up late which has made her "ill, & old, ugly - & thin!". Envelope present. 25 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/89-91 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: the resistance of "Mama" [Clara Jerome] to their marriage; her sufferings from a migraine; Khinenbuller discovering her in a "peignoir"[dressing gown] reading a novel; and Helen [von Hatzfeldt's] opinion that Jennie became " a most disagreeable member of society" without him. Envelope present. 26 Dec 1873
CHAR 28/93/92-94 Letter from Jennie [Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill](Paris [France]) to [Lord] Randolph [Churchill] including: discussion of an apartment for him in Paris; a family dinner at the Cafe Voisin; a forgotten invitation to "le petit F" [Count de Fenelon]; arrangements for the design of a box for his writing table; and an invitation to a boar hunt from Mr Blount. Envelope present. 27 Dec 1873