»  Letter: Monday, September 27, 1976

    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
14, Legion Drive
Valhalla
New York 10595
U.S.A.

Sept.  27th

My darling Son.

Well, at last! You are a devil. The daily disappointment when no letter arrives makes me very miserable. I don't write in case our letters cross & every day I think "perhaps we'll get a letter tomorrow," however just to hear you, all is forgiven.

Once again the garden is blooming. we've had so much rain!! Tell Tom the grass has grown & is a beautiful lush green, when they were here it was a burnt dried up waste. I think they enjoyed their brief visit, it was certainly good to see them. Judy's wedding was fine, will send you some photos when I take my film in. Tess had a party on Saturday, I sent her a card from you, she seems very happy, even Dad is now prepared to apologize to Phillip for his attitude, so I hope everything will go along fine now. They will be getting a larger house soon. I told you I gave a talk at my club on my American visit it went down very well. I got quite carried away.!!

Cis & Fred have gone to Malta for 2 weeks. I think of you every minute & our wonderful time together, I loved looking after you a bit & wish you had a more congenial place to live, or rather a different apartment, easier to look after. I had a sweet letter from Mary last week, give her my love & tell her I will write to her again soon, & dear Jay. She told me you had a sweet & lovely new girl friend, it was nice to say Hello! to her. Keep me posted!! I am very busy sewing, knitting, visiting, etc. preparing Xmas presents for our new baby.[1]  I wish I could send you something really special for Xmas, but the postage is so ridiculous by air. Have you any suggestions dear? Jean Isherwood sends her love, I walked up yesterday morning, she had been on holiday in Kent & brought me apples & pears etc. She is very good to me. Did I tell you little Annie Littlehales had died, I'm waiting to hear from Mu, I think they are expecting a small fortune!!

The card came today, thank you dear, 34 yrs,[2]  incredible.!! Well, we are getting old now son, time seems to fly by, I feel I've done so little when I wanted to do so much, but we have you & Judy & Tess. Enjoy yourself while you are young love, but try & have a little something put by, eh! It's a beautiful day, I've washed & had a clean round, shall walk to the post now. Please write darling & tell us all about every thing, it really does brighten our lives. Did you like the watch? Dad was so proud to pass it on to you. We have plum & apple pie for dessert — with cream. oh! the calories. All for now darling. Love to Louise & everyone & your dear self, As always

        Your devoted

                Mother   X

        X X X X

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  Notes

  1. Marcus, due in January.
  2. September 26th was my parents' wedding anniversary. I generally sent them a card.