»  Letter: Sunday, February 5, 1995

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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From
E. A. Derbyshire
Liste House
150, Boughton Green Rd.
Kinsthorpe  Northampton
NN4 7LS .  England

To
John & Lynette Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street
Huntington   N.Y. 11743
USA.

Sunday  5.2.95

My dearest children,

My hand is very shaky This morning, so I hope you can read this. Firstly Rosie dear, thank you for your sweet notelet. I love to have your news  I know how busy you are & little Nellie keeps you on the go. John tells me you & she have had colds, perhaps as the weather improves these miserable colds will go away. I'm still snuffling & coughing it seems never ending. I am very glad dear you can get out & have some good friends now. on Friday evening, my friend Jean & her daughter came down from Yorkshire & took me out to dinner at the Saxon Hotel, John will tell you where that is. It made a lovely change, except I still cannot wear my new teeth at the bottom, but I had some soup fish, & a lovely fruit & cream gateau & wine  I was sent home in a taxi & didn't get in till 11 o.clock  I haven't recovered yet!! Ada's funeral left Phil shattered  I just stayed at Judith's with the dog. There was only Ada's family there & a friend from Ecton. The 3 boys were very upset but she suffered greatly & it is a happy release for her. I almost envy her. I find life so wearisome and worrying. The hardest part is the thoughts of leaving all my loved ones. Auntie Cis rang yesterday to say she's going to be a Great Grandmother twice next July  Joanne & Allison both pregnant  Of course they are all so well off!![1] I think Allison's husband is a motor mechanic which didn't go down well at the time  Joanne's husband is a Jordanian, very well off of course but all a bit vague as to what he does! but he's bound to be something special being an Arab  perhaps he's got a few oil wells! Catty Mother, John, but I never could stand Auntie's obsession with money & status & constantly being remined how clever Janet & Michael were. I think mine are just as brainy & I prefer my sweet daughter in law to hers. Give my little darling a cuddle for me & my regards to your father Rose & I hope your brother has recovered from his illness. Loads of love & kisses

Mother   X X X X

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  1. My mother was a kind-hearted and loving woman, and relations with Auntie Cissie's family were harmonious unless Dad stirred something up. However, Mum nursed a lifelong mild grudge about the Derrys being slightly better off than ourselves and (mostly in her imagination) "putting on airs." It broke through the surface sometimes, as here. We'd scold her about it, and she'd repent, but it would always return. These are the petty frictions that occur in any family, or indeed any human group. Judith and I were always very fond of Auntie Cissie, a matter-of-fact and plain-spoken lady who showed us much kindness and, in my hearing at any rate, never talked anything but solid English good sense.