»  Letter: Thursday, November 22(?), 1973

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs. J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue
Northampton NNP...

Mr. John Derbyshire Bsc.
2 Harbor Lane
New Rochelle
N.Y. 10805


My dear Son,

received your letters, duly commented on etc,but we really do look forward to your letters & to know you are fit & well. Dad is going to write to you later. Its a beautiful morning, frosty & sunny, & Dad, Cis, Fred & I have just been along to the Spar at Hardingstone. You won't know the lane now, there's a fine new road over to the Bedford Rd on the left & an enormous concept of roundabouts, intersections, bridges, roads over to the "Queen Eleanor."

We are well, dear, I may have to have an operation after Xmas to close the gap that's causing the hernia of my stomach & have a look at the ulcer at the same time, but don't worry its not a big op. & will save me having chronic discomfort, but I have to have more X Rays first after Xmas. Now dear, you ask me about money, you know I hate having to ask you for money & we paddle along very well really. Judy & Allan are coming home Xmas dinner & they are buying a turkey. I have a cake made & have bought some Xmas goodies out of my sewing money. Only if you have it will I suggest that I want some new shoes, if you like to pay these for a Xmas present & at the end of January when gas & electric bills are heavy, gas is usually about £18 & electric about £25. If you could help here it would be appreciated, but only if you have the money to spare John. I don't want to touch my investments if I can help it. I'd like to leave you & Judy £1000 each if possible (though not yet I hope)!! hope to do a bit of decorating in the spring, but time for that. I have a pullover nearly finished, but feel a bit wary of sending it, what do you think? It would take 6-7 weeks by surface mail. Anyway my love, take care, keep well & warm, there's always home!! & help here if you ever need it. You sound very happy & fit, thank God. Loving you always,

Mum & Dad