Sir Winston Churchill's letters to Lady Churchill, 1909-04 - 1909-11
Scope and Contents
Subjects include: work on their new house [33 Eccleston Square, London]; the progress of Churchill's Trade Boards Bill; his Unemployment Insurance plan; Clementine's pregnancy [with Diana Churchill, later Diana Bailey and Diana Sandys]; the financial affairs of Churchill's cousin Ivor Guest [later 1st Lord Wimborne]; a field day with the Oxfordshire Yeomanry and Churchill's wish to try handling large forces; the birth of Jack [John S] Churchill's and 'Goonie' [Lady Gwendeline Churchill]'s first child [John G Churchill]; the arrival of the American politician [William] Bourke Cockran from the United States; a visit to Dorset and Churchill's work on his speech for Leicester [September 1909, entitled "The Battle Ground"]; having a selection of his speeches published [as "Liberalism and the Social Problem"]; the progress of the P.K. [Puppy Kitten, or Diana Churchill] and Clementine's recuperation from the birth; a diamond for Clementine, brought by Abe Bailey; the first anniversary of their wedding; a visit to Germany to watch the army manoeuvres; the Budget; Churchill's view of war and his hopes for a more peaceful future; visiting the site of the Battle of Blenheim; meeting Kaiser Wilhelm II and Enver Bey [Turkish military attaché at Berlin, also Ismail Enver, later Enver Pasha]; visiting Churchill's Dundee constituency [Scotland]; H G Wells's novel "Ann Veronica" and Wells's own affair with the woman who was the inspiration for the novel; disruption of Churchill's public meetings by suffragettes; Cabinet talks about the House of Lords rejecting the Budget; Churchill's Assurance Bill and a reduction of dues for the Suez Canal [Egypt]; his forthcoming tour of Lancashire; Clementine's riding; negotiations with the coal miners [July 1909]; Churchill's distress at Clementine's doubts about his fidelity.
- 1909-04 - 1909-11
Conditions Governing Access
With the exception of the staff wages books in CSCT 9/1, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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