»  Letter: Tuesday, May 21, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue
Northampton N.N.P. P.4.X.

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

Tuesday.   May 21st

My darling Son

I'm sitting at my desk in your room while Dad is putting a second coat of paint on the living room ceiling. We did the dining room last week. Then I shall paint woodwork & walls, hope to be finished by week-end. We had an estimate for ceilings alone — £48 — so we decided to have a go. Its hard work though. It hasn't been done since you did ceilings I think 5 years ago. Dad thanks you for letter received today he loves it when you write to him & blesses you a thousand times. Monday am was hot then dark clouds came & have stayed!

Darling, I'd love to buy something nice for your birthday, but think it will have to wait till you get over. I shall buy you a gold signet ring or of your choice to make up for Xmas & birthdays whiles you are abroad. Its too chancey & expensive to send parcels. You know we shall be thinking of you. You have given us a great deal of happiness & pride in you, my darling & we thank God for you — both of course. We chuckle at your comments & glad you have good friends & are well & happy. It is a year now since I saw you. One day I was having coffee & I saw a tall young man come to the top of the step & gaze around & for a split second, my heart leapt & I thought "My Johnnie" My coffee nearly choked me. One of the waittresses, her name Mrs Driver, always asks about you, she remembers you from the "Clipper" days.[1] Remember at Adams' Cafe. She calls me Skinny! now.

Allan has the house up for sale at £7,250. I hope they get it, if so they'll make £3,000 on it. I worry in case they don't sell before they give their jobs up, as they hope to go in July. They are away this week-end but I'm having Tess next week, we both love that. She's very tall & quite sharp. I shall miss her. Well, my darling. You sound happy. good luck, take care.

Loving you as ever.

X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X    Mother

Dad will write when he's recovered!!



  1. "The Clipper" was a café in Northampton town center. I think it was back of All Saints church, but the memory is very dim.