»  Letter: Monday, January 31, 1977

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue

Mr John Derbyshire
14, Legion Drive
New York 10595

Jan. 31st  77

My darling Son,

its a boy!! born 4 am today, all is well. We are going in to see them later today. He is 10 days late. Last Wednesday, around 3 am, Judy rang to say she had pains & they were sending a taxi for me. I don't know whether it was the excitement or getting up in a hurry but I suddenly felt terribly ill, icy cold sweat & then vaguely remember crashing into the coffee table & coming to on the floor. I'd cut & bruised my head & back & felt, for days, I'd broken my neck. I heard the bell & staggered to the door. The taxi man looked very concerned, but he was very kind & could see the state I was in. He waited for me to recover a bit, & after all that it was a false alarm.!!

I hope by now you've received your B.C. copies. I sent them registered post. We are very worried about you, as the news tells us you are suffering a severe winter, with people dying in the cold & snow. I wish you had this sweater I've knitted for you. I'd like to send it by air, I'm going to enquire when I get home, the postage is extortionate & if I send it by sea, could take weeks. I'll see when I get back home. I expect to be here at least a week. It's bitterly cold & frosty, I try to imagine what it's like with you & can't remember if you have any central heating. Roll on Summer. I hate being cold. Auntie Cis is going up the wall. Her heating bill is £92 for this quarter, she has 6 night storage heaters, ours is £38, about what I expected. I miss a fire at Judy's, it's night storage heating & not warm enough for me during the day. The heaters don't come on till 4 o'clock, & again at 8 am.

Take care my love. You are always in our thoughts. Hope your love life is satisfactory.!! Love to Louise, Mary & Jay. Am waiting to hear from Ginny now, I put her cheque in the bank, but will have to send it back to her, when she lets me know she's got her money back from Church's China Shop.

        Take care, Love you


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