»  Letter: Tuesday, January 11, 1977

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs. J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue

John Derbyshire
14, Legion Drive
New York 10595

Jan. 11th.


just got your letter, lovely as always & glad you had a happy time. You should have got my letter by now telling you about our Xmas. This is in a hurry my love, to let you know I have to go to the Town Hall on this Friday about your B.C. copies.[1]  It will take a few days they tell me, & will cost about £3 each one. I will send them by registered post as soon as I get them.

Now, love to practicalities, don't worry about me coming if you are coming home. Mary & Jay will understand, I can come next year perhaps. On enquiry, a flight to U.S A in July & August would cost me nearly £200 & quite frankly love, I really can't afford it & it has never been my way to impose on my children. You will have enough expenses of your own to come. If you could bring Louise with you & Jonathan too, that would be lovely. We could have a family get together. We would all love to see you. You know my financial position love but here again, I don't want you to think I'm begging or pleading "poverty" that is not my intention. The £1000 in Government Bonds is tied up & is for you at my death. I have about £700 in the Halifax B.S. & about £650 in Index Linked Certificates which are 2 yrs old & I want to keep in another 3 yrs when they should reach £1000. I rely on the interest of nearly £100 yearly on my £1000 Bonds & about £45 yearly on the Halifax money. This pays bills which are very heavy for 6 winter months — that is gas & electricity. My Hospital pension goes into the bank too for this purpose & for clothes holiday & any household replacements. Shoes, coats etc are very expensive, so is household linen. However, we manage very well, its just that we don't know how long we shall live & I want to remain independent. Any monies you have sent go straight into the bank as this boosts the interest. You know I love you dearly & your happiness & security is mine too. Its very cold, Dad feels it very much, but we keep reasonably warm with electric fires. Have nearly finished your Arran Sweater, will keep it till you come, it would cost the earth to send!! Love you. Love to Louise all who care, Mary, Jay etc. No news from Ginny.   X X X X


Hope you understand all this drivel!!

Baby due any time!!



  1. Birth certificate. This was in relation to my application for U.S. resident status.