»  Letter: Sunday, November 6, 1977

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue

Mr John Derbyshire
126, Stevens Avenue
New York 10595

              62 Friars Avenue

Nov 6th  77

My dear Son,

well, we did get a letter at last, if you only knew how happy it makes me to know you are well & happy, though I do think 3 kids a bit of a handful!! However, you know best, but as they say in Yorkshire, "Think on, son!!" I'm sure Mary looked lovely, I would dearly have loved to have been there

We do realize how frustrating all your holdups are darling, but I never give up hope & know you will come when you can. Dad told you the sad news about Fred Allen, I talked on the phone to Mary & she said he had cancer of both lungs, & had been a heavy smoker, had a massive heart attack, but she said it was a happy release, he'd become quite helpless. They weren't able to get Barry in time for the funeral, but he's coming in a few days time.

Have you a phone yet love, if so send us your number. We are in the throes of strikes, electricity, mines, cars, anarchy everywhere, its frightening. We daren't go out alone, or indeed in the daytime. There's stabbings & muggings every day. We sat by candlelight for 3 hours last night. Thank God, we've got a gas fire. It's quite cold now & windy. You know darling, I have knitted you an Arran sweater & I also bought you a fine, cream knit one. Shall I keep them till you come or send them? it would be by surface mail, air mail is extortionate. Allan is coming to see Tess on Nov. 28th, I only hope it doesn't unsettle her, she's a sad little girl, it really grieves me. She comes most weekends.

Well, darling, it will soon be Xmas again, it doesn't bother me now except for the children. Judy wants us to go for dinner, but whether Dad will go, I don't know. I've put a lot of weight back on, I can't get into any of my clothes, its disgusting. Except for "old age" aches & pains we are very well. Dad has a lot of pain in his legs, but still goes his daily walk to town to do the shopping. I'm busy making toys, which I sell, gives me a bit of money to buy the children's Xmas presents, & I'm going to get a pair of winter boots & mac. & Dad a bottle of the "hard stuff." Write soon my love, always in my thoughts. Love you dearly. Come soon. Love to Jay & Mary & all. Dying to see photographs

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