»  Letter: Sunday, March 6, 1994

    E.A. Derbyshire to Lynette Derbyshire

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From
Mrs E. A. Derbyshire
Lister House
105, Boughton Green Rd.
Kingsthorpe
Northampton,  NN2 7SU
England

To
Mrs Lynette Rose Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street,
Huntington
N.Y. 11743.
U.S.A.

Sunday. March. 6th 1994.  10:40 a.m.

My dearest Rose (and John) of course!

thank you for your sweet card. I always associate you Rose with flowers, I think your Amyrillis quite beautiful & a work of art.
One day recently I counted the pictures I have received from you over the last year. & I have more than 80  so I feel I know her "Royal Highness" right from birth  she is quite something & I'm sure keeps you on your toes! She is at an inquisitive age & I know can be very tiring but she seems to learn very fast, your patience will be sorely tried at times but at the same time it is wonderful to see a child develop & you will have some fun & laughs too. & she will repay your love & care a thousandfold I'm sure. She is a lucky little girl to have such loving caring parents. Rose, I'm so glad you have found a friend & John tells me you have joined a club, good for you dear, it will get you out of the house a bit & I hope make you more friends. I know you've had a dredful winter but pray for better weather for you & some warm sunshine
Of course dear, I understand your feelings at your mother's death, & respect you for them, you have coped very well & my heart aches for you. Rosie dear, I don't wish to be morbid, but this last 3-4 weeks I have felt so ill, gasping for air & so alone I have thought a great deal about death & at times would have welcomed it. There didn't seem any point to life any more, then when I got over these awful feelings I thought of you & Nelly & John & had something to keep me going. Our weather is depressing, grey & dull & cold.  but we've had very little snow. I would love to ring you Rose, but I think of the cost. I hardly use the phone at all. I'm sorry your father is so depressed, dear, do give him my good wishes  I wish I could communicate with him, but I do understand how he feels, one always feels some regret & guilt at such times, but dwelling on the past is a useless occupation  I think it best to take "one day at a time". Longing to see you. Take good care. I am always

Your loving

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