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Image: Winston Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill, December 21, 1900
Winston Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill, December 21, 1900
Churchill returned to America on December 8, 1900. His South African exploits had given him celebrity status, and he was resolved to capitalize on this financially by undertaking a grueling lecture tour. Churchill did not attract the crowds he was accustomed to in England and had to contend with audiences who did not share his convictions. Yet he was introduced by Mark Twain in New York, paid his first visit to Washington, D.C., and met an American president for the first time, President William McKinley.
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Annotated typescript. Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K. (40)

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21 December 1900 Hotel Touraine


I encountered a great deal of difficulty in starting my tour properly. First of all the interest is not what Maj Pond made out and secondly there is a strong pro-Boer feeling, which has been fomented against me by the leaders of the Dutch, particularly in New York. However, all is now in train, but the profits are small compared to England and so far the result to me as follows:

Philadelphia £120
New York £150
Newhaven £ 40
Washington £ 50
Baltimore £ 35
Boston £ 66
New Bedford £ 40
Springfield £ 30
Hartford £ 10
Fall River £ 40

average about
£ 50 per lecture

. . . deal about the political situations there. It is worrisome to hear all this serious news ?. And when one is so far from home. I do not however take a gloomy view of the military situation: the political is indeed black and unsettled.

With much love
Your loving son
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