»  Letter: Saturday, December 28, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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

Mr John Derbyshire
57, North Perkins Avenue
N.Y. 10523

December 28th '74.

My dear Son,

How lovely it was to hear your dear voice on Xmas Eve. I didn't say half the things I wanted to, conscious of the expense!! & my mind full of Judy & Tessa & the problems facing them. I don't think a marriage can break up without heartache, to say nothing of the financial problems, getting somewhere to live etc. Tessa loves her Daddy & she will be bewildered by it all. I don't know why. Judy just says she hates it there & they haven't been getting on together just lately. I wish he'd left them here at least she'd have had a house. They can stay here as long as they like of course but she needs somewhere to have her own friends & Tessa to have children of her own age to play with. You know how Dad was with you two, no one was ever good enough for you both. He wants them to stay here for ever, but I don't think it would work out for Judy. We shall try & make things as easy as we can for her anyway. My heart aches for her. I think Allan wants to be free to roam around. Dad thinks he likes the ladies too much. We may be wrong, we liked what little we saw of him, Dad more critical than I.!! Oh! dear, how we suffer for our children, only because we love you & hate anything to hurt you.

I am getting your room decorated early next week & I have brought 2 new beds to put in front bedroom for them, we need them anyway, who knows you may bring a wife home one day.!! What happened about Cindia? Write soon, tell us what you think. John, help them if you can by seeing them when they arrive New York. I don't know what her financial means are, they seemed pretty poor from her letters. We really are upset about it all. It's a lovely sunny day, but gales blowing up. I've put a lot of weight on over Xmas, now I have to take it off again. I hope 1975 will be a Happy & productive year for you my love. Good health & Good Luck. Sad about John Raphael, everyone shattered. They were recently divorced, I think she divorced him. Judy said home mid-January, so we should know soon. I only hope we have no 6ft of snow. Loads of love

As ever

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