NOTECARD - HANDWRITTEN

                11/4/47
Dear Mr. Davidson,
    Pardon delay in reply to your very kind letter - It will be our pleasure to meet your Daughter anytime during our visit to Glasgow.
                Regards-
Stan Laurel Signature

Note from the Editor

While abroad on tour, Stan’s letters carry the more common continental European dating system of day/month/year, so this letter (as well as those that follow from this time period) dated 11/4/47 was typed on April 11, 1947.



SAVOY HOTEL LETTERHEAD - London - HANDRWITTEN

                18-4-47.
Dear Mrs [Mary] Rutter,
    Please pardon delay in reply to your very sweet letter - greatly appreciated & certainly brought back many memories to me.
    Yes, my Dad is still living - saw him a month ago - 85 now.
    When I played Newcastle - I took a ride around No. Shields - it was sad to see the old Town in such a State - but I got a thrill just the same to see once again Dockwray Square -Saville St etc. I didn't see the wooden Dolly - But asked after her & understand the old Gal is still there! Will close now - Many thanks for writing - it was a great pleasure indeed to hear from you among my many friends in the North - with kind regards to self & family - Trust alls well & happy with you-
    Bye now & God Bless-
                Sincerely-
Stan Laurel Signature

Note from the Editor

The “Wooden Dolly” was a buxom female figure without any arms, brightly painted in a red dress with a pink face and black hair. The original figurehead was replaced in 1850, and after wearing away, a third version was made in 1864. This lasted until 1901 when a newly designed statue was made and sited in central North Shields. A replica was made of this in 1958 but it was not until 1992 that a “true” Dolly was restored to its rightful place on the quayside.



SAVOY HOTEL LETTERHEAD - London - HANDRWITTEN

                17-4-47.
Dear Mr Speak-
    Please pardon delay in reply to your kind letter and invitation to the Football match - would have loved to have joined you - but was impossible for me to make it - have many Business engts to attend to beside our shows - Trust you will fully understand. Hope Bishop Auckland did alright - Most interesting to know you were at King James same time I was-
    Again many thanks-
                Kind regards always-
Stan Laurel Signature

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