»  Letter: Monday, January 20, 1975

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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

To
John Derbyshire
57, North Perkins Avenue
Elmsford
New York 10523
U.S.A.

Jan. 20th 1975.

My dear Son,

after two very traumatic weeks I can at last have time & inclination to write some letters. Judy & Tess came home on 7th. I got Fred Allen to take me to Heathrow for a fiver. We are no wiser than when she came & have only pieced a few bits together from her phone conversations with various people. We've hardly seen her through the day & she has been out most nights sometimes till 3 & 4 am. You can imagine Dad's feelings. We are both deeply hurt by her attitude towards us. I would do anything for her if she was open with us instead of sullen & bitchy. Why John, she makes use of us when it suits her. Anyway, I asked Dad not to say anything. I don't want to quarrel with her & for Tess's sake we've kept quiet, but I feel she's no love or concern for us. I bought two new beds & had your room decorated in a hurry as I had half stripped the walls & didn't expect them till later this month. Well, she has a flat £50 a month, says Allan will send her money when he can, & she has moved in today. She told Auntie Cis she & Allan had drifted apart, he wanted to be on his own & she got bitchy with him. She hated there. Its not going to be easy for her with a child & I can't see her living on her own for long, I'm afraid us old folks don't understand the way of life today dear. There seems no stability or integrity. Its really very sad. Write & cheer us up, there's always a chuckle somewhere in your letters.

I should think you're well rid of Cindia & her relations, Dad's quite sure the "Tong" will be after you, but if your latest love is half Italian it might be the Mafia!! so watch it son. It's a grey, pouring rain day, but so far no snow, in fact it's been quite mild & sunny. Sorry love, I'll take note & leave a space at the bottom. Judy is going to write to you she said. Well my love its nearly dinner time, so I'd better go & see what I can rake up. If you stay in New York, I might come & have a couple of weeks with you, I won't get in the way! How about it?

Take care, look after yourself, write soon,

Your loving

Mother

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Judy has a job at St David from Feb. ½ term, then Bective at Easter & could have her old job back in September if she wants it, but Cis[1] thinks she should try a Senior school.

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  Notes

  1. Auntie Cissie was a schoolteacher herself and was presumably giving advice on the local job opportunities for teachers.