Letter from Stuart to Millie, 31 April 1961

Stuart wrote this letter to his mother Millie two months before he announced he left The Beatles. His decision to join the band had disappointed his mother. His relationship with Astrid caused even more tension between them.

"I'm still a bit sad that you think I have made a mess of my future, but out of all of it I have something to really compensate - my love for Astrid and her love for me"

He goes on to write that he hopes to start teaching art in September. A clear sign that he had already made the decision to quit the band.

Stuart dated the letter '31st April', although there are only 30 days in that month.

First page of handwritten letter as described in the text. There is water damage to the right edge, which has made the ink run.

Second page of the same handwritten letter, again with water damage

Third page of the same handwritten, slightly water stained letter

Fourth page of the same handwritten, slightly water stained letter

Final page of the letter, signed 'Love from myself and Astrid to all at home, your son, Stuart xxxx'

The full text of the letter reads:

"Dear Mother,

How are you and the family – happy I hope as you said in your letter there is a gross misunderstanding on A Williams part in thinking I could possibly give even in a gift my last few precious paintings I was under the impression that he was contemplating arranging a small exhibition in his new club. I will write to him and re-enlighten him. I am so happy you had such a nice time with my father and thank you for his address, but it seems rather impossible to collect anything substantial in the way of stamps to send just yet, but I will write. I have spent the last 2 weeks composing a letter for [unclear] at the college. He should have it now and I hope he replys [sic]. I'm still a bit sad that you think I’ve made a mess of my future, but out of it all I have something to really compensate – my love for Astrid which knows no boundaries and her love for me. I'm quite certain I will start teaching in September and hope to know for definite where in the next 2 or 3 months. I have enclosed some money but cant send much as I'm paying off the bank £8 plus £12 to college which I borrowed about 3 years ago and forgot about + guitar and amplifier.

I'm sorry you didn’t like the photo (I didn't actually but its very difficult to make double portraits) but never mind. Will write again soon, love from myself and Astrid to all at home. Your son Stuart xxxx"