The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Find the Lady!

Final Report
- Appendix 6

Use of Calling Cards

Jane Austen

From her novels, it can be seen that Jane Austen was well aware of the etiquette of calling.


(In Harrogate the local paper published a weekly list of visitors)

Romance of Jennie & Randolph Churchill

In her book: "Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill", Anita Leslie mentions the role that a Calling Card played in the romance of Jennie Jerome and Randolph Churchill.

In the summers of 1870 and 1873, the family rented a cottage, Villa Rosetta, in West Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where Leonard Jerome liked to sail. In 1873 there was an avalanche of news after Jennie and her sister Clara were presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales. Jennie later met Randolph Churchill at a dance. Under the words: "to meet" on the invitation (which she kept) Jennie later wrote the word, Randolph.

After an invitation to dinner at Villa Rosetta and a meeting "by accident" on a it was his last evening, she (Mrs Jerome) sent Randolph Churchill one of her calling cards engraved:

writing on the back: "I shall be most happy to see you at dinner this evening, truly yours, C. H. Jerome".

This little card Randolph kept until the end of his days. Later in the little garden, Randolph proposed and was accepted. So after three days of "feverish Courtship", he returned to Blenheim Palace to break the news to his parents.(After Lord Randolph Churchill died, Jennie Churchill married George Cornwallis-West of Newlands, Milford and the latter became Winston Churchill's step-father).

Colin Bower
31 October 2009

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