My Dear Trixie [Wyatt]-
    Just a few lines to let you know we arrived home safely June 26th last. I intended writing you won't before now, but when we got back - we decided to have the house re-decorated inside & out - all the Furniture re-upholstered - carpets cleaned etc. etc. so you can imagine how busy we have been. It has been a mad house for about six weeks - what a mess! Of course it looks nice now, but never again - next time he gets dirty I'll give it away!
    Had a lovely crossing - Sea smooth all the way - weather hot, nothing to do but eat & sleep - a wonderful rest - enjoyed it better than on the Big Liners - accommodations were excellent - Ten Passengers in all - good food, its really a holiday - We were in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) for a few hours. The shipping Co. sent a car for us - had lunch at lovely Hotel & drove all over the Island. We stopped at Curacao & Cristobal & then went through the Panama Canal - what a sight! well Dear hows things with you? Trust alls well & happy. Have you heard from Jackie Harrison? Am going to drop him a line. I understand the Variety Bus. has improved & business is getting good again - I hope so - it was certainly bad last year. Weather has been very hot - not drop of rain. Not much more to tell you Trixie, so will close. Eda joins in love & kind thoughts & again thanks for all your kindness - you were very sweet & thoughtful.
    Bye Dear - God bless-
                Sincerely always-
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Drop a line when you have time - love to hear from you.


My Dear Roy & Pauline [Lester]:-
    Just read the good news re your marriage, in our weekly "Variety" paper.
    Needless to tell you how delighted we are. Eda joins in heartiest congratulations, lots of good luck, good health & happiness always.
    Please give Claude & Marie our love & best, also Florence, Laurie & family, trust everybody is well & doing OK.
    All for now.
    Bye & God Bless.
                Sincerely as ever:-
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My Dear Trixie [Wyatt]:-
    Just recd. yours of the 6th. & I mailed one to you a few days ago - funny, we must have both written about the same time & our letters crossed.
    However, I was very pleased to hear from you & to get all the news. Too bad you have had such a rainy season, as I told you in my last, we have'nt had a drop here since we got back.
    I have been reading that the show business has been taking a turn for the better & sincerely hope it continues & fully recovers from the slump of last year. We certainly were over there during the worst of it, the business was just shocking, very depressing for all concerned.
    Glad to know you heard from Jackie Harrison also Jack Graham, its nice to keep in touch with old friendships, brings back happy memories & you do'nt feel lonesome & forgotten.
    Eda loves the bag you gave her dear, she was only unset at you spending the money on her, she uses it on special occasions, does'nt want to get it soiled & keeps it carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
    Hardy is feeling better, & we have several offers on hand to make TV films also a deal to make a picture in London, which would in February next, be the starting date. I doubt if we shall come over for anymore Variety tours as Hardy prefers film work, does'nt like the traveling every week.
    Enclosed is the photo for your Friend Maria, if I have'nt spelled the name right, let me know & I will send another one.
    All for now Trixie. Eda joins in love & best, trust alls well with you. Drop a line when you feel like it, always happy to hear from you.
                As ever:-
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                SEPT. 27TH.'54.
My Dear Trixie [Wyatt]-
    Thanks yours of 22nd.inst. So sorry I got the name wrong on the photo, enclosed is another one for Moira.
    Weather here still very hot & not a drop of rain - have been having several big forest fires near here, quite a lot of damage - homes destroyed etc. everything is so dry - shall be glad when our winter sets in (about January).
    I didn't know you had a daughter Trixie - hope you had a nice visit with her in Darlington. I imagine you enjoyed going away for a change.
    Interesting to hear about your Doll Collection, a nice hobby - you remember a Silent Picture star - Colleen Moore? She has been collecting dolls for years, also doll houses & miniature furniture - she exhibits them all over the country for charity - she has dolls from every corner of the Earth. I understand its quite a sight to see.
    Well dear, nothing exciting to tell you so will close for now.
    Eda joins in love & kind thoughts.
                As ever-
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Love to Dolly Dodds & all - Bye dear!


My Dear Betty [Healy]:-
    Have'nt heard from you for quite a while, & am wondering if you red. the programme & press clippings I mailed you about a couple of months ago.
    Hope you have'nt been threatened with any of this Forest Fire business I have been seeing on TV, awful is'nt it.
    Nothing exciting to tell you. Had one or two TV offers which did'nt amount to anything. Did you see Harry Richman's opening on TV at the Moulin Rouge Night Club last week? I enjoyed it very much.
    All for now Betty.
    Regards & best to Wayne & self.
                As ever:-
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Note from the Editor

Harry Richman (1895–1972) was a singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist, songwriter, bandleader, and night club performer, at his most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

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