ROYAL STATION HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Hull, England - HANDWRITTEN

                Dec.8th.'53.
Dear Mrs. [Elizabeth] Tyler-
    We are sincerely sorry to hear of your husband's illness. I regret we are unable to visit your house due to many previous engts. Your kind invitation is greatly appreciated.
    With every good wish to you both.
                Sincerely always,
Stan Laurel Signature                 Laurel & Hardy.


ROYAL STATION HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Hull, England - HANDWRITTEN

                Dec.10th.'53.
Dear Mrs. [Elizabeth] Tyler-
    We are indeed sorry to hear the further news of your husband's condition & now your unfortunate accident having to happen at a time like this. We trust your back injury is not too serious & you will now fully recover from the fall.
    Thank you for the kind invitation to your Daughter's wedding. Being in Nottingham, we shall of course not be able to attend. However please convey to them our heartfelt congratulations & wishes for a most happy & successful union. Encl. is a little photo you kindly requested.
    Our sincere regrets on your misfortune Mrs. Tyler.
    Good luck & God Bless.
                As ever-
Stan Laurel Signature                 Laurel & Hardy.


THE COUNTRY HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Nottingham, England - HANDWRITTEN

                Empire Theatre.
                Dec.15th.'53.

My Dear Booth [Colman]-
                Thanks yours 5th.inst.
    Appreciate your kindness in calling Helen re Mark & pleased with the report. We of course get letters on the subject, & naturally Helen is very distressed - which makes Eda very upset. Mark told Helen not to let us know anything about his illness, so Eda can't write him direct, & if Mark finds out they have told us - they are afraid it might upset him & set him back, so it makes it a difficult situation all round. I think Mark was very foolish to insist keeping the news from us. There is no sense or reason for it. However, he has to stay in bed till they have dissolved the blod clot & then he will be OK again, but won't be able to do any more hard work. Too bad this had to happen - he is such a swell boy. Its a great strain on Helen too - Just getting over her serious operations etc. Hope she doesn't have a break down. Am glad her folks are staying with her, at least she won't feel alone. We are laying off this week - got some rehearsing to do for the Special Xmas show. We all had lunch & tea with my sister Beatrice last Sunday - & enjoyed some real good home cooking for a change, going to have Xmas day with her - (no shows here) it will be our first in 50 years - can you imagine! Foggy as hell here - (can't see your hand behind your back) Glad you got some more time in the Warner Picture - Too bad they didn't have to make it all over. Heard a funny story about Churchill - Molotoff & the French Premier - all in a plane going to a conference - The Pilot is having engine trouble - says - one of you gentlemen will have to jump out, the plane is too heavy, if you don't, we'll all be lost! The Frenchman got up & said "Vive Le France" & jumped out. A little later the Pilot said one more must leave or we can't make it. Curchill got up & said "There'll always be an England" then he threw Molotoff out!! Yes, the case of the young Peer is awful, his trial starts today - will send you further clippings on it. All for now Booth. Eda sends love & joins in wishing you a very merry Xmas & a Happy & Prosperous New Year & trust you will have lots of good luck - Health.
    Bye & God Bless.
                As ever-
Stan Signature
P.S. Raya & Bob at the Cliff restaurant have now got a liquor license - so they should do very well with it. If you see them - give them our love & best. Bye Lad!

Note from the Editor

The “Young Peer” trial Stan references involved Lord Montagu of Beaulieu whose brushes with the law helped pave the way for the legalisation of homosexuality in Great Britain. Montagu was first accused of acts involving a 14-year old Boy Scout, for which he stood trial in December 1953, and was acquitted. In 1954, further charges were brought against Montagu, who ultimately served a 12-month jail sentence for what were then criminal charges of sexual offences with two RAF men, which he denied. It took until 1967 for an age of consent for homosexual males of 21 to be established in England.



ROYAL STATION HOTEL LETTERHEAD - Hull, England - HANDWRITTEN

                Dec.21st.'53.
Dear Jack [McCabe]-
    I think the idea of a book is a very good one, and I shall do everything in my power to help you, of course. I especially like the idea that it will be about our way of making the pictures, rather than about our lives. When we return to Birmingham, you can spend all the time you like interviewing us together or separately, as you like. Probably I can be of more help to you in that department than Babe. He usually doesn't care to talk too much about the making of the pictures.
                Sincerely always,
Stan Signature

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