»  Letter: Tuesday, April 30, 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
N.Y. 10805
U.S.A.

April 30th

My darling son

just had your letter & answering stat, as I have been waiting in case your address had changed. Dad & I are very pleased at your good news,[1] we've always thought you are worth something better than dishwashing, though there's no shame in that — I hope all goes well.

It's a lovely day & when I've been to post this I shall sit in the garden which is really beautiful just now. Dad has gone shopping, prices rise higher every day, but we cope very well. The rents rose to £6.89 but we get a good rebate & pay £3.47. I should get a little more pension from April 1st as the Nursing world has been given a rise. Then in July we get increased Old Age Pension, so — look out — soon shall be able to have a Rolls Royce!!

Mrs Brice is coming for a "cuppa" & chit-chat & of course we talk of our family mostly. Keith has an executive job somewhere north & has one little boy. Malcolm's wife is expecting after 10 yrs, they are thrilled. Card from Enid from Lebanon, we wondered if she's OK with all the carry on there, but she seems to be enjoying herself. No news of your trunk love.

I'm glad you are enjoying your car love, I miss my little banger very much. Judy rang yesterday to see if we were O.K. of course we are. I shall miss them, but they are already making plans for me to go out next year, but it depends how Dad is & the financial situation!! I don't really like leaving him too long. I plan to do some decorating when I feel more like it, though I did Spring clean the kitchen yesterday, with many moans & groans. I'm really bone idle!! Yes, Judy told me you had called on their friends.[2] Have you still got your cousin Stan's address in Toronto? I gather from his mother he works for the Government selling planes & helicopters. Take good care son, look after your health. Haven't you met any nice girl yet?

We love getting your letters son, so don't be too long. John Raphael sends regards, he's been quite ill with heart trouble & is very thin. Mrs Isherwood also sends regards. I'm making her a coat. By the way dear, not so much of the chins, I've only got one now!! I keep at 10 stone but want to lose another half before I go away. I think I told you I go to Cornwall June 29th with Mrs Lamb. Derek is engaged at last! Good luck, my love. Loving you as always,

Mother  X  X  X

Dad will be writing to you I expect.

X  X  X

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  1. Tired of kitchen work, I had got a job as a computer programmer at Savin.
  2. Just by way of taking a trip, I had driven over to Connecticut to visit friends of my sister, who were running a restaurant in Redding Ridge, Connecticut.