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Letters to Lady Gwendeline Churchill ("Goonie"), 1915 - 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PCHL 5/2

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: 2nd Duke of Westminster on visits to the theatre with her, and Winston Churchill drowning out the chorus (3); William Orpen on subjects including a commission that she had suggested to him, his feelings about being in the army, his wish to paint her again and a picture of Orpen himself which she had (includes a rough sketch of himself) (5); Lieutenant Colonel Harold Brassey asking her to write to him, advising her to be true to herself, his hopes that the war would soon be over, the loss of all his headquarters staff during the battle of the Somme, his concern at not receiving letters from her [she had not yet received his letters] and the loss of two thirds of his battalion (5); Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] thanking her and assuring her how much he valued her sympathy [? on the death of Raymond Asquith]; [Alfred] Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich], wanting to see her before he went to France; Sir William Mackenzie [later 1st Lord Amulree] congratulating her on the birth of Clarissa Churchill; Sir James Barrie on various social engagements (7); Marques Alfonso de Merry de Val, Spanish Ambassador to Britain, on saints called Peregrine; Lord Hartington, regretting that he could not accept an invitation and on wild plants to be found in London (2).

Also includes a copy of a letter from her brother Arthur Bertie, sympathising with her on an operation (1931).


  • Creation: 1915 - 1934

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Finding aid date

2006-07-17 15:05:10.747000+00:00

Repository Details

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