»  Letter: Sunday, March 31, 1996

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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

John and Lynette Derbyshire
15, Chestnut Street  Huntington
N.Y.  11743

March 31st 1996

My Darlings, Son & Daughter.

I'm sorry I was so dopey when you rang John  I'd given you up  I guessed you were busy & knew you'd ring when you could. I was thrilled with your news of course. I think the C & E did not do much of a job, but you know what these hack reporters are like, sorry about the age thing  but no one there will see it  I said I didn't want my picture in but the hairy fellow who came insisted  I said the article was for my son not for me. I was dissapointed there was no picture of you on the leaf of your book. I have read it twice and keep it near me  Peggy and some of the staff have read it & thought it lovely  Judith too was very impressed. I hope it will bring you the just rewards you so rightly earn. And is the first step to fame & fortune, praise to for Rosie who "puts up" with you and is an inspiration to you. I'm sure in all this don't forget the words of Rudyard Kipling's "If"  Yes, I am very very proud of you son, not only for this but for being my son & being who you are. I hope Nellie and Rose dear have recovered from the tick scare. Bless her, she must have been bewilderd and scared and horrible for you Rose too.

Things don't change here, people come and go and the type of resident gets worse  One new woman screams and throws herself on the floor. Especially in the toilet of the toilet near my room. I sometimes think it's like St Crispens. Peggy hardly shows herself and doesn't show much interest in anything or anyone  She's losing her grip I'm sure  The girls are all fed up. It is still cold but slightly warmer  I don't know what Judy has planned for Easter[1]  She's non commitall ? when I ask. Well darlings I can hardly see so hope you have a happy Easter  Ever in my thoughts

Much love & good wishes

          X X  Mum   and
          X X   X X  Granny   X X X X



  1. Easter Sunday was April 7 this year.