»  Letter: Friday, July 4, 1975

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
Northampton NN4 94X

Mr John Derbyshire
57, North Perkins Avenue
New York 10523

July 4th

My dear son,

        glad to know you are alive & kicking, we waited by the phone from 8pm on June 3rd  You did promise to ring, are you so "hard up"? I've just returned from Sussex, had 10 days with a friend — female unfortunately.!! I'm going again Aug 5th, can't afford it but what the hell. Judy failed her driving test, but takes another in August, when she comes back from Los Angeles. I think she would do better using the money in her house, but keep my mouth shut. She has a Head of Remedial Post for September, so should be O.K then. I don't know how much longer this old car will last out. We had a severe "blizzard" on June 2nd Monday, but by Friday it was scorching hot & has been so more or less since, everything in the garden dying for want of rain.

        We are fine, trying to make ends meet keeps us on our toes.! Send Dad a card for his birthday, he's 76. quite convinced he won't be 77!! I'm past caring. We liked the photographs, except the moustache, no, I don't go for that.

        I'm going to bed now, have had my gorgeous grand-daughter for the week-end, — its now Sunday night. She's full of pep. She informs me she doesn't want Uncle John to have any children, 'cause she doesn't want me to be anyone else's Nana, only hers. We just adore her. I hope seeing her beloved Daddy won't upset her when he leaves them again. It really grieves me. All my love my son, write sometime!!

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