»  Letter: Friday, April 15, 1977

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue

John Derbyshire
126, Stevens Avenue
New York 10595

April 15th

My darling Son,

I want you to do something for me, if you can. It is this. I have told you Ginny ordered some china here & left £100 deposit. At Xmas she asked me to cancel the order & see if she could have her money back. Well, I have been to Church's & Tom wrote to them & today Mr Church finally said O.K he would send them a cheque. In the meantime Ginny sent me a cheque for $190 (£109) to pay the rest & the shipping of the china if she could not get her money back. This was after Xmas. Can you give her a cheque for $190 for me & I will give you the £109 when you come home. This is not a soft touch, love, Dad doesn't approve of me asking you, I just thought it would be simpler! However, if you can't love, you've only to let me know & I will get my bank to do it. The sterling would help you when you come. Do let me know soon though  I'm worrying about it.!! It's bitterly cold with biting winds. We are longing to know when you are coming, love.

How is your new accommodation? All is well here. We are gardening bit by bit & I am hoping to get the kitchen painted before you come & some new stuff on the kitchen floor. We went to Judy's Easter Sunday[1]  & Robert (Noel's son) & his fiancé came Easter Monday. Rob wants to know when you come. I hope you won't look upon this request as an imposition John, I honestly don't intend it to be. Just let me know. Love to Louise  Jay, Mary & anyone else interested. We are waiting with bated breath to hear from you. You would love the garden now, it really looks lovely, I'm hoping to get some geraniums in when the Spring flowers have finished. All send their love. Do write soon.

        Love you as always,


        Just imagine, this time last year I was counting the weeks to June 18th & sewing madly. I've put a lot of my weight back on, I'm furious with myself!! A bit rheumaticy, but otherwise we're both fine.  X X X X X



  1. April 10th this year.