»  Letter: Monday, March 25, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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From
Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue
Delapre
Northampton NNP P4X
England

To
Mr John Derbyshire Bsc.
2, Harbor Lane
New Rochelle
NY. 10805
U.S.A.

March 25th  74

My darling Son

Thank you for card & cheque which I received on 23rd. I shall put the money in the bank dear Much appreciated. Did you pass your test?[1] & how shall we be able to contact you when you go off on your travels? Anxious to know.

Judy & family came to lunch yesterday, we had roast pork!! gooseberry pie & cream & lemon souffle to follow. Allan bought the wine. It was Mothers' Day too. We are very sad as Judy has told us they are selling up & going to Hawaii in July. Well, I always feared they wouldn't stay here long, but I must be thankful. I've had a very happy 2½ yrs with our grandaughter & its been nice to have Judy & Allan popping in. I worry about them getting work & accommodation but gather they will stay with friends there to start with. We had a letter from Enid, she had been to Sidney but was planning to go to Israel with some bloke & coming home around July to see about the house, then go back East. I think of you all & how times have changed everyone. No news of your trunk yet love, is there anything I can do about it? The garden is lovely, all the daffs etc & trees flowering, do you remember, you always said it looked so clean!! I plan to do some decorating after Easter, am going to Stourbridge next weekend to see Auntie Win & I think I told you I am going to Cornwall with Mrs Lamb at the end of June.

I have 2 nice pullovers put away for you who knows there may be some way of getting them to you. Its budget day[2] tomorrow, & supposed to be raising pensions, but rates are raised today by 67 P. on our rent, but we hope to get rebate. Weather foul, wet & cold. Longing for the sunshine. Take care. Keep in touch. As always

X  X  X    Loving Mother    X  X  X

Look after yourself

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  Notes

  1. I.e. for a driver's license.


  2. An annual political ritual in England. The Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) presents his budget for the coming year, with changes to tax rates, old age pensions, and so on.