»  Letter: Tuesday, February 22, 1994

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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

John & L. Rose Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street
N.Y. 11743.   U.S.A.

February 22nd. 1994.

My darling children,

thank you for your concern, I'm much better today, but still chesty & puffy.  but I'm having anti-biotics & diuretic pills, which I hate, but they have reduced the swollen legs & the horrible feelings in my chest that I was being sat on by a heavy weight, which gave me a severe asthma attack. The locum[1] who saw me 9 am on Sunday was very good & concerned, wanted me to go to Hospital, but the hassle that would cause put me off. They notified Judy, who came in during the morning. I'm sorry to cause you all any worry. I'm pretty tough, but do get very weary at times  I hope when I can sit out in the sun I shall be fine. I think Peggy thinks I'm making too much of it, but Dr Thornton said  "Because you're a nurse I'm sure you'd like the truth  This could lead to congestive heart failure". Angela was there, I didn't make it up. She [Peggy] doesn't know how I feel. & I can't think she wants to know. Sometimes in the night I sit up in my chair, I can't breathe lying down so well, but enough of my problems. Have just spoken to you on the phone, John which always cheers me up. It's snowing, lightly. The sky is very dark. its just 4.10 pm. Oh! go away winter!! Rosie dear, it was lovely to be able to chat to you a bit. I think of you many times during the day & wonder what you're doing, according to the paper today the temperature in New York is rising so you'll soon be able to get in the garden & I'm sure this year you'll have lots of help from a certain little person! I feel, from your pictures & letters that I know her. The Dr came again yesterday & saw your photograph with John & Rose & thought you very pretty! as does anyone who sees your pictures. Give my regards to your father when you write to him  I hope you can read this scribble  My hand is very painful with arthritis but I do want you to know how much I love you all. Be happy, love & care for each other  To know you are well & happy makes me happy

Love as always

X X X X X X X  Mother



  1. A locum (from Latin locum tenens, "one who holds the place [of another]") is a doctor standing in for another doctor, the latter usually a general practitioner, not a hospital doctor. I think this is just a British usage.