»  Letter: Sunday, April 9, 1978

    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

April 9th

My dear Son,

lovely to get a letter from you, darling, I didn't mean to be nosy, just put it down to our love & concern for you, I can't even remember the questions. Poor girl, I really feel for her & think she deserves a better deal, good luck to her & the children. When Kathie goes to St Johns ask her to find out for me if Mrs Kettenring — the Director of Nursing is still there — Please. I hope her ex-husband doesn't pose any threat to her, children or you. You're very precious to us. I hope everything turns out well. Of course it was lovely to talk to you & the "Choir" was very touching, & a very nice thought.

My club went to Henley & Windsor on Easter Tuesday, it poured with rain all day, so we had to stay in the Coach most of the time. I sent Kathie & children cards, I hope they got them. We went to Judy's Easter Sunday for lunch, & I got a large chocolate Easter Egg, fatal, I have put on 14 lbs since I saw you last.!! I do keep trying, but its so difficult, I'm not so energetic now.

I'm glad that Mary has recovered & that Jay has been back. What was wrong with Thurman? Not much I hope. Tess's gerbil died at Easter but had a very impressive funeral & is buried under the honeysuckle tree with many tears, but reassurance that he would sleep very happily there. She is such a tender hearted little girl. We talk about you & she is very anxious that you come either before or after she goes to Hawaii, which is July 24th. I hope to go & have a few days with Mary at Snettisham either the first week in May or the second.

The weather continues cold, grey & windy. Last Sunday was sunny & Tess & I walked in Delapre woods. She found a bed of wild violets & we got some celandines & "sticky" buds. There's a large golfing complex now from the old Abbey across to the new motorway at Hardingstone, & we go to Judy's in a matter of minutes across the old river bed. There's so many new roads, you will be surprized. Judy bought us a nice joint of pork this week-end & we've just scoffed most of it, it was good. I expect Dad will be writing his usual advice love, but he means well, he knows you won't take any notice!! I have your photograph smiling in front of me & I often "talk" to you. Take care, my darling, come soon. Love to Kathie, children, Mary, Jay & regards to anyone else I met. Nearly two years, how the time has flown. Think of you. Love you

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