»  Letter: Tuesday, March 9, 1976

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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From
Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
Delapre
Northampton
England

To
Mr John Derbyshire
14 Legion Drive
Valhalla  N.Y.
         10595
U.S.A.

March 9th

My dear Son,

waiting to hear from you once again, its nearly 6 weeks since your last letter! It is bitterly cold here, though dry & sunshiny & I am sitting by the window doing this. Dad is out shopping  I long to get in the garden, but its much too cold yet. Noel wrote to Dad & told him off for being such a stick in the mud, he thought Dad ought to come with me, but you know Dad, he won't budge. I'm busy dressmaking for the great ocassion & trying to take off the stone in weight I've put on the last year, hard work! Now dear, I hate to ask, but if you want to come to the "state of the party" nows the time with the £1 worth less than 2 dollars. Next week I shall pay the rest of my air fare which will be £112, have already £36 which includes insurance.

I will tell you once again my financial situation in case of accident & so that you will know I am not mean. I have £1000 in Bonds with the Trustee Bank, I get £49 ½ yearly interest on these, when I die, I want you to have these, though God knows what it will be worth. I have £700 in Halifax B.S. & propose to take £100 in dollars which is only £50 to bring with me & £50 sterling. I have helped Judith this last year, to roughly £300, but not grumbling about that. I have £500 Savings National Certificates which have to stay 5 yrs (now 1 yr old in June). should then be worth £1000 or so. I would like Tess to have these if & when I die. The interest on the B.S. & Trustee Bonds, plus my hospital pension of £46 monthly pays bills which average £60 a quarter plus any essential necessities & general living. I want to stay as independant as possible to the last, which I hope will be some time yet.! I put my hospital pension into the Trustees & depend on this to buy clothes shoes & any holidays. I shall leave Dad 4 weeks rent & shall have Phone & Electricity Bills around May. to pay before I come.

There's so much I want to talk to you about  The time seems to drag, & I long to see you. Dad has given me £5 for my birthday, so I shall save this buy shoes, now £10 a pair here. I've plenty of clothes which I make as you know, saving a great deal. Judy is also giving me money to buy a dressing gown. She has a fellow living with her, Dad is disgusted but its her life, there's nothing I can do John. It grieves me but there it is. He's a pleasant enough fellow, Cockney, not bad looking & seems fond of Tess & has done a lot in house & garden. I don't think Judy is capable of deep feeling, sex seems the only way she knows of giving, but she's all I've got here & I'm not falling out with her. Allan has applied for divorce  he's living with a divorced woman & wants to marry her. Talks of coming over in July to see Tessa. She is a darling, I only hope all this doesn't harm her, she's nearly 9 & very "knowing". Ah! well. "Fings ain't what they used to be" [1]  See you soon. Love you

                 Mother

"How's the Portrait"?[2]

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  Notes

  1. Name of a popular London stage show of the 1950s.
  2. What is that about? I have no recollection.