»  Letter: Sunday, September 11, 1994

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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E. A. Derbyshire
Lister House
105, Boughton Green Rd.
Northampton.  NN2 7SU

John and Lynette Derbyshire,
15, Chestnut Street
NY 11743

Lister House
Sunday. Sept 11th 1994

My darling children,

Another week has rolled by & its Sunday once more.  a day I hate, it always seems a long, lonely day to me, everyone seems to have visitors except me & I don't have a Sunday paper so I feel deprived  My dear old Daily Mirror does fill my morning up one way & another, though I keep saying, I'll cancel it

Later    Mu just rang, but as usual "blowing her own trumpet"  Lynette, John will explain what this means. Win still the same as usual, whinging about all & sundry. It is a bright sunny morning, but quite chilly. We now have 3 Alzheimer cases who wander about, one [...] Lady — Ivy is a Jehovah's Witness, who is a real pest, she thinks that what you have, you must share  She came to my room & asked me for handkerchiefs  I said I hadn't got any & she told me I was no Christian  I soon got rid of her. We have an old man who never stops muttering & Angela found him on our coridor yesterday. All 3 wander in & out of one's rooms any time. The postman saw Ivy trying to get out of an upstairs window Friday morning & he rang the Police (much to Peggy's disgust) & we had the Police here to see if she was alright! Peggy was furious  All outside doors have to be kept locked.  it's as bad as St Crispins!!

Rosie dear, don't think I don't think about you often, I worry about you. I know the little one is at an age when she needs constant watching & attention, but she will grow out of it & before you know it she'll be going to school, time passes so quickly & you'll wonder where it's all gone to so quickly. I hope you are happy despite all the hassle  How is your project going? You are always in my thoughts & my heart. Enjoy your break when it comes & give my regards to Jimmy  I remember how he wept the last time I saw him, he was so upset John was leaving for America & Jimmy felt so lost & lonely, my heart ached for him.[1]  I'm glad he has done well & made a good life for himself & has a family of his own.

Well, darlings it's nearly lunch time, so I'd better go. Loving you & thinking of you all especially "little Nellie"  don't be too harsh with her John, she's only a baby. I know she has to be corrected when she is naughty, but love her afterwards & don't make her punishment go on too long. I can't bear to think of her being anything but the happy little soul I saw here  Silly old Granny, love her for me & enjoy your break. Are you traveling by car or plane or what? The enclosed is a cutting John with some useful tips, which you probably know already. I pray for the safety & well being of you all. Loads of love

As always

Mum & Granny

Boris  X

Regards to your father & family Rose. I would love to meet them.



  1. Jimmy Shao came to England in summer of 1985. He stayed with me at my London flat, and I took him up to Northampton to visit Mum at the house in Friars Avenue. Jimmy knew no-one else in England, so when I left for the U.S.A. in October 1985, he was alone in a strange country.