»  Letter: Monday, August 19, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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

To
Mr John Derbyshire — Bsc.
57, North Perkins Avenue
Elmsford.  N.Y.
U.S.A.  10523

Monday  Aug. 19th

My dear son,

      Got your letter today & a card from Judy. We hadn't heard from you for 5 weeks & have been very sad & anxious to know all's well with "Daileys" especially Tessa. It grieved us very much to see her go & has left us very lonely. They called in most week-ends & it was lovely having Tessa occasionally. I see & hear her every where. She was excited at the thoughts of seeing "Uncle John." Dad is quite convinced he'll never see them again.

I went to Mu's last week-end — we went to see my sister Sally last Monday. She is now a widow nearly blind, but very pleased to see us. Do you remember calling when I took you to Liverpool?[1] Mrs Van rang last week & asked after you & for your address. Enid did not get to see us, she went back to Beirut on 15th but is coming again at Xmas she says. Your trunk came on Friday. Dad opened it as we thought things might be mouldy if kept in the shed. Ive put all your books on the shelves, your papers in your drawers & washed & mended your clothes & put them away. The weather is lovely now, after thunderstorms & torrents of rain. On Saturday Fred Allen fetched me to Overstone Solarium, he is now retired. We had a lovely day there & talked about old times. Barry never writes to them, his wife in & out of mental hospital, but Mary doesn't know why. They live at Portland, Oregon & have 2 lovely boys. Judy mentioned you [ … ] see Cindia, I thought that was off!! Glad you're fit & well, keep up the good work love. We shall certainly look forward to Sept 26th   32nd wedding anniversary. Did we have two lovely children? What happened?? Past grievences are forgotten now John & we are happy together (at least most of the time!!). We are very well & talk of you all. Please write soon.

Loving you

X  X  X  Mother & Dad  X  X

Your letters to Judy only arrived last Monday.

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  1. In fall of 1966, I guess, when my mother drove me in her car to the lodgings I'd taken in Liverpool. I have no memory of calling on Sally.