The letters linked to from this page were written in 1991. Rosie and I were living in London for the first few months of the year. On October 12 we moved back to the U.S.A. I was on an H-1B visa, Rosie on an H-4.
We actually flew in to Washington, D.C. in order to take part in the federal government's "Green Card Lottery," hoping to short-circuit the business of applying for permanent residence. Our names didn't come up among the lottery winners, though, so we had to plow ahead with the regular residence-application process (for which CS First Boston had agreed to sponsor me).
After filing our lottery applications we rented a car and drove up to New York City, where Jimmy Shao had found an apartment for us to rent in Elmhurst, Queens. We stayed in that apartment for five months, then bought our house in Huntington and moved there.
My mother had moved herself into a residential-care home in July 1990. The three letters here are ones she wrote to us after we had left England.
- Birthdays: My mother was 79 in March, my brother Noel was 61 in January, my sister Judith 48 in September. Judith's daughter Tessa was 24 in September; Judith's son Marcus was 14 in January. I was 46 in June.
|Date||From whom||From where||To whom||To where|
|October 13, 1991||E.A. Derbyshire||Northampton, England||John & Lynette Derbyshire||Elmhurst, New York City|
|October 29, 1991||E.A. Derbyshire||Northampton, England||John & Lynette Derbyshire||Elmhurst, New York City|
|November 23, 1991||E.A. Derbyshire||Northampton, England||John & Lynette Derbyshire||Elmhurst, New York City|