Sir Winston Churchill's letters to Lady Churchill, 1911-03 - 1911-09
Scope and Contents
Subjects include: an offer from George Cornwallis-West [Churchill's stepfather] to return to Lady Randolph Churchill [Jennie Cornwallis-West, earlier Jennie Jerome]; an argument between Churchill and 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Lord Turnour] in the House of Commons; a visit to the Gaiety Theatre; David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer] elbowing Churchill out of his Unemployment Insurance scheme; difficulties caused by the Prime Minister [Herbert Asquith, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith]'s drinking; Churchill's relations with 1st Lord Milner's 'kindergarten' of young Empire builders; the Parliament Bill; drill with the Oxfordshire Yeomanry camp at Blenheim Palace; the birth and progress of 'the Chumbolly' [Randolph Churchill]; a threatened Vote of Censure against Churchill by the Conservatives over legal reforms; a complaint from 'Goonie' [Lady Gwendeline Churchill] that Jack [John S Churchill] was unceremonious; Churchill's view of King Manuel II of Portugal; difficulties between Arthur Balfour and F E Smith [later 1st Lord Birkenhead] over Smith being made a Privy Counsellor; an overly harsh punishment for a fraud case; house parties at [Sir Abe Bailey's house], Yewhurst, East Grinstead, Sussex, and Maxine Elliott's house, Hartsbourne Manor, Hertfordshire, with fellow guests including General Louis Botha [Prime Minister of South Africa] and James Barrie; Churchill's letter to Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] on not recognising the new administration in Portugal and his suggestion of Grey as a godfather for Randolph; an attack in the Home Office debate from Alfred Lyttelton; plans to watch the naval manoeuvres; writing a speech for King George V to give at Eton College; a strike in Hull [Yorkshire]; riding in the State Coach with the King; the plan to send 1st Lord Kitchener to Egypt [as Agent and Consul-General], an awkward situation with a promise of a job to 1st Lord Haldane [Secretary of State for War]; the renewal of Churchill's alliance with Lloyd George; the Agadir Incident [when a German gunboat was sent to Morocco]; Clementine's improving health after Randolph's birth; the Syme case [relating to the dismissal of Inspector John Syme from the Metropolitan Police]; letters from Lord Randolph Churchill on his view against Protectionism; sending troops to keep the peace in Manchester; toys for the P.K. [Diana Churchill, later Diana Bailey and Diana Sandys]; possible treatment for depression if Churchill's 'black dog' should return; the investiture of the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor]; buying a Napier car; plans for a trip to Canada with Sir Max Aitken [later 1st Lord Beaverbrook] and for a summer holiday with Clementine; a party at Balmoral [Scotland], September 1911.
- 1911-03 - 1911-09
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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