»  Letter: Sunday, November 10, 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
57 NORTH PERKINS AVENUE
ELMSFORD
NEW YORK 10523
U.S.A.

Sunday, October[1] 10th

My dear Son,

I'm sitting in the sunshine in your room catching up on my letters. No news from Judy for nearly 3 weeks, she didn't say whether Allan got the job or not. She sent me some lovely snaps & their house looks very pleasant.

Well, dear, let me see what news. If I repeat myself forgive me, I forget. John Raphael is divorced & looks dreadful. I hear he's living in the "General" for the time being chasing the "Dolly Birds." I went to a concert at the Town Hall 3 weeks ago, Cheese & Wine Party at the Hospital & on to the "Berni" for a very pleasant meal with Jean & Bernard Isherwood, a very dishy Consultant & a charming Argentinian Dr & wife. On Friday last, I went with Jean & Bernard to Kenilworth with their daughter Judy, who was presented to Princess Anne, something to do with the Spastics & riding. So you see I'm not vegetating too much. I'm going out to a Xmas dinner on Dec. 2nd with Auntie Cis, we joined a "Club." Cis has asked us to go for Xmas day, though we'd rather stay at home really. I know, we should be very sad, it's the first Xmas we've ever been alone.

Still, there's lots to look forward to, you know how I love the Spring & my bit of gardening & doing your room up, planning to come & see you & Judy & Tess. Cousin Harold & his wife, also Judy, want me to go again to Newlyn. I wouldn't mind a part-time job dear really, but I'd lose about £12 before I earned anything, so it isn't really worth it. We'd lose our rent rebate, & my hospital pension ceases if I work, there'd be tax etc., so its futile. Darling, don't laugh, I've made a will, with you as executor. It is with a Mr Vizzard of Shoesmith & Harrison. Of course, depending how long I live & times we live in there may be nothing left to leave, I've no house for you, very little money, etc. My £1000 Government Bonds have lost £300[3] though this doesn't affect the Interest & if & when they go up I shall sell them & put into something else. I've £1200 in the Halifax Building Soc, but have to draw on that for holiday next year, & I try to keep £100 in Deposit Account for Bills, clothes etc. So there you have it. All I have of 63 yrs living!! I count my family my treasure & am really content. I only wish I had more to leave you both. Only the most loving Mother    X  X  X  X

Don't worry too much if Dad moans about Cindia, only the best for you!!

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  Notes

  1. She means "November." This is plain from the postmark.
  2. Pretty young women. John had something of a name for this in Northampton's little medical community, whether fairly or not I don't know.
  3. This can't be right. The face value of a government bond of course does not alter, so I assume she means the market value. The British govt. was in a bad way during the mid-1970s, but was govt. paper really trading at 70 cents on the dollar? Hard to believe.