»  Letter: Friday, November 26, 1993

    E.A. Derbyshire to Lynette Derbyshire

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E. A. Derbyshire
Lister House
105, Boughton Green Rd
Kingsthorpe,  Northampton
England  NN27SU

Mrs Lynette Rose Derbyshire
15, Chestnut Street,
N Y  11743    U.S.A.

November 26th

My darling Rose,

I got your letter this morning & it made me very sad for you. I long to be nearer to you to give you what comfort I could. Rose dear I deeply regret & feel very ashamed that I wasn't more understanding & helpful to you at first. Please forgive me for my thoughtlessness. I admit I was a bit worried, chiefly because John was so much older than you & I knew how much he liked being on his own with his books & his way of life, but as I got to know you better I grew to love you, knowing how much John loved you & what a brave & loving girl you were. You see dear there was 14 years difference in age between my husband & myself & though we were happy the first few years, things changed  he became bitter & aggressive, There was no social or sexual contact on his part & in those days, there was lack of communication between us & I was very unhappy. John was my "shoulder to cry on", I couldn't talk to Judith & still can't & even then there were things I couldn't tell John, but I think he understood & helped me through many bad times with his love & understanding. I'm very happy for him now, he has his own lovely family & I know he loves you & the little one very very much. I'm sure if there is another world your mother will know this too & will be watching over you. Rosie, I still talk to my mother as you can to yours  I am so very sad & sorry she didn't live to see you & little Nellie, & it is trite to say, at least she's not suffering any more. That's not much comfort to you at the moment, dear, try to live on your loving memories of her. She would want you to get on with your life dear. & she knows you are in good hands. I think of you every minute & am often tempted to pick up the phone, but sadly, it is so expensive & I don't want you or John counting the cost. However, I shall ring you now & then just to re-assure you that I am thinking of you & love you truly. I couldn't have a better daughter-in-law. Your pictures give me great joy Rose. I am thinking of you all the time. lots of love from your loving second mother. love to John & cuddles to her Ladyship. The pain of loss will ease darling, but you will never forget. Be happy.  X X X X X X X