»  Letter: Thursday, August 19, 1993

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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Mrs E. A. Derbyshire
Lister House
105, Boughton Green Road
Kingsthorpe,  Northampton
NN2. 7SU.

John & Lynette Derbyshire
15, Chestnut Street
N.Y. 11743.

Aug. 19th 1993

My darling children,

Judith came today and told me what a lovely time you had together, & oh! what a wonderful baby you have, what a happy little soul she is etc, etc, I feel quite jealous they have seen her & I haven't but of course I do understand & it's made me very happy that you could be together. She says Rosie dear, you are a wonderful mother & have a lovely home, how competent & self-confident you are & seem very happy. I am so pleased dear, I did worry about you being on your own so much. I am very happy for you & love you very much. Tess came on Sunday & we had the balloon show[1] again on the racecourse. We got a disabled view right close to the balloons & saw them fill up, light up & soar away. Close to they are huge. There were thousands there, people I mean, it took us an hour to get away. The weather has been really beautiful the last few days & I have sat out all day. I'm still a bit chesty & have a very sore mouth which I'm told is due to the Steroids, my tongue is very sore, I can't taste anything for several days I could only take ice cream ice lollies & jelly, & apart from being hoarse, I'm much better — tough old bird I am, John. I'm so glad things seem to be getting good for you son, they must think a lot of you to want to keep you there. Mrs Lister has put £5 a week on my fee, she says it's due to having to pay such a lot of council tax. I have notified the DHSS so may get some help from them hopefully!! Mrs Ives came yesterday & bought me a few things  she is a good soul. The photographs Judith bought with her are lovely. it's great to see you all together  She says the Princess charms everybody. how proud you must both be. She is going to write to you she said. Take good care of each other & give my regards to Rosie's folks, I know they want to see Rose & the baby as much as I do. Keep up the good work, thinking of you constantly. Love you.

Your loving Mother  X X X X X X

Hugs & kisses to little one  X X X X X



  1. An annual gathering of hot-air balloonists on Northampton Racecourse.