We were preparing to make some new pictures at our old studio when this thing happened, so the deal had to be postponed till I am in shape again. The doctor figures I will be okay by April and will be fully able to continue.

Stan Laurel

                1111,Franklin St.,
                SANTA MONICA.CALIF.
                U.S.A. Dec.24th.'55.

My Dear Jeanette & Lawrie:-
    Thanks so much for your very welcome letter of the 19th.inst. It was Indeed nice to hear from you after so long, enjoyed all the news about yourselves. It must be going on two years since we saw you last - does'nt time fly.!
    Sorry to hear the puppy died, he probably could'nt stand the lousey Butterworth circuit, or maybe he was mad they did'nt make him a WATER RAT.!
    Interesting to hear the Newman's had opened a confectioners shop, I imagine that should be a very good business - hope they do well. Was pleased to note Jimmy Elliot has a nice steady job, he's certainly better off, am sure he will be much happier.
    Both Babe & I have been on the sick list for several months. On account of heart trouble Babe had to go on a strict diet to reduce weight - lost about eight stone. Then to make matters worse, I had a slight stroke (left arm & leg paralyzed) & was in hospital several weeks for treatment. However pleased to tell you I made a wonderful recovery & am nearly beck to normal again thank God. I was very lucky indeed. We were preparing to make some new pictures at our old studio (Hal Roach) when this thing happened, so the deal had to be postponed till I am in shape again - the Dr. figures I will be OK by April & will be fully able to continue.
    I had a letter a while ago from Cingalee, Claude had been in hospital for several months at Blackpool - did'nt say what the trouble was, but understand he's out and around again. Also Roy Lester married Pauline & she has had a baby - guess you heard about that.
    Sorry you had to have an operation, must have been very painful, hope its much better by now. Is'nt It awful, all the things we have to go through?.
    Do you ever hear of Dorothy McKenzie Reid? I get the "Performer" every week, but never see her name in the calls - wonder if she left the bus, too.
    No, I doubt we shall ever come over again. I was very fed up on the last trip & was happy to get away, the Variety bus. has certainly deteriorated.
    You sure have had a lot of enjoyment out of the caravan, it was a wonderful investment - must have paid for itself over & over again.
    The weather here in Southern California has been lovely, but we are expecting some heavy rain soon, due to the weather conditions up North. Am enclosing you a piece of this mornings paper, its really a bad situation - understand about 500 homes floated away & many Towns have been evacuated entirely - thats a hell of a Xmas present poor devils.
    Well, all for now. Eda joins In every good wish for a very Merry Xmas & Happy Prosperous '56. lots of good health & happiness - will drink to you both to-night.
    Good luck & God bless.
                Sincerely alwa1ys:-
Stan Signature
Lawrie's painting hangs in our hallway, so we often think lovingly of you. Bye.

Letter from Stan Laurel to Jacques Pierre
STAN LAUREL LETTERHEAD - 1111 Franklin Ave., Santa Monica, CA - HANDWRITTEN

My Dear Jack [Pierre]:-
    Just a line to thank you for the lovely gift - am certainly delighted with it - a wonderful addition to my collection of Theatrical History. It was indeed kind of you Jack & very much appreciated. Thanks again.
    We are looking forward to seeing you & [Dorathi] again when she returns - will make a dinner date at the "Fox & Hounds."
    Eda joins in kind thoughts & wishes you both a wonderful New Year - lots of good luck - good health & happiness.
    Bye & God Bless.
                As ever:-
Stan Laurel Signature

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