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- 1874 - 1895
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He was Conservative Member of Parliament for Woodstock, 1874-84; the Central Division of Birmingham, 1884-5; and South Paddington, 1885-95. He served as unofficial private secretary to his father in his role as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1877-80. He was instrumental in the creation of the Primrose League and became a founder member, 1883. He toured India for three months during the winter of 1884 to 1885. He was appointed Secretary of State for India, 1885-6. He was Leader of the House of Commons, 1886, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1886. He resigned from the Cabinet over his failure to convince colleagues to reduce expenditure on defence, 1886. However, his proposal to establish a select committee to examine defence estimates was successful and he became its first chairman, 1887.
He suffered from ill health and after his resignation from the Cabinet travelled to the Mediterranean to recuperate. He also made private visits to Russia, 1887-8, and South Africa, 1891, and went on a round-the-world trip with his wife to the United States, Canada, Japan and India, 1894. They were forced to return to London when his health suddenly deteriorated and he died in London on 24 January 1895.
His publications include: "Speeches of the Right Honourable Lord Randolph Churchill, MP, 1880-1888" (1889) and "Men, Mines and Animals in South Africa" (1892).
Thirty one volumes contain letters to Lord Randolph Churchill with his draft replies and copies of official papers. The arrangement is broadly chronological and undated items are placed at the end of a volume. Each document has been numbered.
The final volume comprises an index of correspondents and subjects, perhaps compiled when the correspondence was bound, ca. 1900. A copy of the index is filed with the printed catalogue to the correspondence in the reading room of Churchill Archives Centre.
Each of the volumes is bound in full blue morocco with the family arms stamped on the front board.
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