»  Letter: Saturday, April 24, 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 Bsc.
14, Legion Drive
Valhalla
New York 10595
U.S.A.

April 24th 1976

My dear Son,

thank you for addresses,[1]  to which I have just written. I have suggested I get in touch with them on my arrival to arrange meetings if agreeable. Won't be long now darling, I can't believe I shall soon be seeing you, only 7 more weeks. Well, Easter was really beautiful, the sun shone for days, though we really are having a drought & water is practically rationed. Pitsford Reservoir is nearly empty, vegetables are scarce & very expensive.

I told you Judy has another fella, Phillip, a Cockney, but seems a very steady & likable chap, hardworking & seems genuinely fond of Tess & she of him. They intend to marry on August 24th. Dad is being bloody minded about it all & will not speak to Phil, calls him a yob & Judith a bitch. As you can imagine son this causes friction between us. Dad is so intolerent & unforgiving. I find it very hard to live with at times. As long as Judy & Tess are happy, I'm content & find Phil a very likable fellow. I spent Easter week-end with them & we went to the Aquadrome on Monday afternoon. There were thousands there, queues for everything & prices outrageous. 15p for a tiny packet of chips we'd have got for a ½ p years ago.

The winds are now very cold but its sunny. The garden is at its best just now but everything will die if it doesn't rain soon. Noel & Robert are coming tonight & staying till tomorrow. I shall get Noel to have a word with Dad, he knows how to argue with him. Judy wants Noel to attend her wedding. She knows Dad won't. Anyway, its her life & they seem very much in love. She says she's had enough of intellectuals. He's done more for her than Allan ever did. I think its time she & Tess had some stability. I've told Dad at his age he should have no bitter feelings about anything, but he still thinks he should run your lives for you. I shall be glad to get away for awhile. Jean Isherwood & Auntie Cis send their love & good wishes & tell me they really envy me coming to you. It might get the end of May before I get my flight No but will let you know in good time. I hope 4 weeks won't be too long for you, I shall be quite happy to potter about, do some cooking for you & Jay I hope, I'm quite good at entertaining myself. Take care my darling. Longing for the 18th. Loads of love,

        X X X X  Mother

        Hows the portrait?[2]

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  Notes

  1. Addresses of hospitals my mother intended to visit during her New York trip, to compare nursing practice & training.
  2. I have no idea what this refers to.