»  Letter: Monday, March 10, 1997

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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Mrs E.A. Derbyshire
Co. Lister House
105  Boughton Green Road
Kinsthorpe   Northampton
NN27SL   England

John & Rose Lynette Derbyshire.
15, Chestnut Street,
Huntington   New York.
11743.   U.S.A.

Monday   March 10th 1997

My darling family, Mummy, Daddy, Nennie, Daniel, and Boris.

I imagine you all sitting together round the dining table while Daddy is reading this letter to you all.  Firstly thank you, John, for the lovely basket of flowers I received on Saturday for Mother's Day, they are lovely, pink, white & red carnations and white daisies backed by lovely greenery and pink ribbon mauve daisies and buds.  Sunday, Judy & Phil took me out to lunch to a lovely Indian restaurant  the meal was superb, service faultless all so white and clean everywhere, the best cup of coffee I've ever had, most enjoyable.  Lovely red roses for every one.  I had lovely cards from Judy & Phil  Tess & Kesta, Noel rang and today I had a gift from Tess, lovely bath oil to make me smell nice — lily of the valley. Judy bought me another set of the letter cards they are just right for small letters which is all I can manage now.  This morning when I drew my curtains, about 5.30 it was so foggy I couldn't see the garden.  Later, on T.V. there had been many crashes on the roads and several people killed and injured in pile ups.  Now the sun is shining and it's a real spring day though still chilly. I wonder what you did this week-end my darlings? Did Nelly play with her Wendy house? and does Daniel play with her? Nellie darling I hope Daddy tells you how he and Aunty Judy played together and Mummy and her brother played together. Of course I long to see and hear you as I expect your grandpa in China does  you see darling we all love you so much  I think of you every minute of the day and wonder if and when I shall ever see you again, but at least I have seen you Nellie, when you were nearly 2 yrs old.  You were the most enchanting little girl and still are  You are growing up so quickly  I hope you help Mummy when you can she is a good and beautiful Mummy and I love her dearly  I only wish I could have spent more time with her and got to know her better when I had the chance.  Soon I shall be a real old lady, and I don't like it at all.  I think I'm very lucky to have you all. Many people have shown me love throughout my life, but the love of my family means more to me than anything else in the world  I am really well blessed in you all John and Rose and to know you are well and happy makes me happy too.  Love and care for each other  Keep well  Good luck John on your books  One day you'll be famous so never give up.  It's out there somewhere waiting for you.  All for now. God bless you all  Your loving Mother & Grandmother