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Sir Winston Churchill's letters to Lady Churchill, 1912 - 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CSCT 2/51

Scope and Contents

Undated letters which were left out of the main sequence. Subjects include: a daring speech by Churchill on the [Naval Estimates], March 1912 and a disagreement with Violet Asquith [later Violet, Lady Bonham-Carter and Lady Asquith of Yarnbury]; sending Churchill his Cabinet papers relating to the First World War to him for reference purposes, Clementine's sister Nellie Hozier's engagement [to Bertram Romilly], Churchill's low opinion of Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War] and Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], the army's lack of direction and the future of Field Marshal Sir John French [later 1st Lord Ypres] still not being decided, December 1915; having a meeting with Kitchener [then British Agent and Consul-General in Egypt], July 1913 and Churchill's preference for Randolph Churchill over Diana Churchill [later Diana Bailey and Diana Sandys]; talks on the coal strike, the publication of the Naval Estimates and the continuing coolness with Violet Asquith, March 1912; Clementine's return from a trip to Italy, April 1926 and the Kershaw incident [over Clementine not paying duty on a dress]; a stay with Maxine Elliott at Chateau de l'Horizon in the south of France, January 1938, meeting Pierre Flandin and Churchill's hopes of bringing him back to the fold over foreign policy, and an accident suffered by [Marguerite] Daisy Fellowes [earlier Daisy de Broglie] on the train; the distress of the Cecil brothers [4th Lord Salisbury and Lord Robert Cecil, President of the League of Nations Union], March 1926, over the Samuel Commission on the mining industry and Robert's responsibilities towards the League of Nations; the accuracy of Churchill's Budget forecast, March 1926; Clementine's plans for a trip to Bali [Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia] in 1938; the New Year party at Blenheim [Oxfordshire], January 1938, hopes for the future theatrical career of Sarah Oliver [earlier Sarah Churchill, later Sarah Beauchamp and Sarah, Lady Audley], Churchill's journey to France and work on his biography of the 1st Duke of Marlborough; work at Chartwell [Kent], February 1926, including planting an apple orchard, the lake, the house foundations and Churchill's own paving; a tussle over funding for Unemployment Insurance, February 1926, David Lloyd George's grudge against Sir Henry Mond [later 2nd Lord Melchett] and Lloyd George's political isolation.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1938

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Date information

DateText: Undated material - various dates assigned by Anne Hoffman, Literary Assistant to Lady Soames.

Finding aid date

2004-04-06 12:10:07.827000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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