»  Letter: Sunday, August 7, 1994

    E.A. Derbyshire to Lynette Derbyshire

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Mrs E. A. Derbyshire
Lister House
105 Boughton Green Road
Northampton  NN2 7LS

Lynette Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street
Huntington  NY. 11743
Long Island

August 7th 1994

Dearest Lynette,

you see I've remembered at last,[1]  though to me you will always be "our little Rose," thank you for your sweet letter, of course I understand how busy you are, I don't expect you to write back at once as John rings me every week, I get all the news, & as long as you're all well & happy I'm satisfied. The album is beautiful but unfortunately it still doesn't take all my lovely pictures. I think we counted 160 I put in & there are still another 20 or so, with the ones I received today another 26  They are so lovely I just keep looking at them. The ones of her with Boris, just lovely. He looks at her with such love I could cry; and also the ones where she's catching bubbles, would win a prize I'm sure. Then with the animals, she looks so at one with them. John, dear I don't like your "long shorts" in one picture it looks as though you have a "skirt" on  I like you in your short shorts best so there! They may be fashionable but make you look, dare I say it, older, like footballers wore years ago. They must be very draughty! What do you think Lynette? The little boys in their long shorts too look like little "old men." No, I don't like them at all. Lynette, I'm glad you are studying fashion design, I would love to have done that in my time, as I loved sewing and making things. I even made John some summer shirts once, remember John. I was so proud of them, even though the shirt collars were so hard to get right. It's quite chilly today, but I think we'd all had enough of the very hot & humid weather. It made breathing very difficult for any one with chest problems  I just kept indoors mostly as my room was cooler & I could open all the windows. Some of the old dears here were always whinging about draughts & stiff necks, even on the hotest days  wore thick woolies  perhaps if I live be 90-100 (God forbid) I shall be the same. Thank your folks Rose, for the nice things they said. I am very sorry your brother is not well, I will say prayers for him to recover soon. Give your father & other members of your family my regards  would it not be wonderful if we could meet some day. Your Dad would be thrilled with "our" little princess though there would be sadness too. I think of you Rose in relation to your mother. I sincerely hope the pain of your loss is easing a little dear. it makes me feel I'm very lucky.

Loads of love to you all, hugs & kisses to you know who.   X

I think Judy's back tomorrow!



  1. Remembered to write "Lynette" instead of "Rose."