»  Letter: Monday, March 25, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue
Northampton NNP P4X

Mr John Derbyshire Bsc.
2, Harbor Lane
New Rochelle
NY. 10805

March 25th  74

My darling Son

Thank you for card & cheque which I received on 23rd. I shall put the money in the bank dear Much appreciated. Did you pass your test?[1] & how shall we be able to contact you when you go off on your travels? Anxious to know.

Judy & family came to lunch yesterday, we had roast pork!! gooseberry pie & cream & lemon souffle to follow. Allan bought the wine. It was Mothers' Day too. We are very sad as Judy has told us they are selling up & going to Hawaii in July. Well, I always feared they wouldn't stay here long, but I must be thankful. I've had a very happy 2½ yrs with our grandaughter & its been nice to have Judy & Allan popping in. I worry about them getting work & accommodation but gather they will stay with friends there to start with. We had a letter from Enid, she had been to Sidney but was planning to go to Israel with some bloke & coming home around July to see about the house, then go back East. I think of you all & how times have changed everyone. No news of your trunk yet love, is there anything I can do about it? The garden is lovely, all the daffs etc & trees flowering, do you remember, you always said it looked so clean!! I plan to do some decorating after Easter, am going to Stourbridge next weekend to see Auntie Win & I think I told you I am going to Cornwall with Mrs Lamb at the end of June.

I have 2 nice pullovers put away for you who knows there may be some way of getting them to you. Its budget day[2] tomorrow, & supposed to be raising pensions, but rates are raised today by 67 P. on our rent, but we hope to get rebate. Weather foul, wet & cold. Longing for the sunshine. Take care. Keep in touch. As always

X  X  X    Loving Mother    X  X  X

Look after yourself



  1. I.e. for a driver's license.

  2. An annual political ritual in England. The Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) presents his budget for the coming year, with changes to tax rates, old age pensions, and so on.