»  Letter: Friday, May 7, 1976

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
England   N.N.P.

Mr John Derbyshire
14, Legion Drive
New York 10595

May 7th  '76

My dear (& gorgeous) son,

Yes, the snaps are super, you look great, I think you face must be a bit fatter, it suits you. I have had a charming letter back from St. John's Riverside Hospital & a visit is arranged provisionally for Tues, June 27th  11 am. I am writing to the others now, sitting in the garden in lovely sunshine trying to get a bit of tan. Dad's cleaning the shed out with a great deal of grunts & groans.!! Despite lack of rain the garden is lovely, but if the drought goes on everything will die. Yesterday I went to Stratford & met Doug Young coming out of the theatre with some boys. I showed him your photographs & he sent regards & best wishes to you & thought you looked great & said he was delighted to hear of your progress.

Dad worries in case you are working too hard, he thinks you'll have an ulcer or a coronary, do take care. Do let me know in good time what you want me to bring love, not forgetting the weight allowance. As soon as I get my ticket I will let you know my flight time. Oh, darling, I'm so thrilled. How best to bring money, dollars in cash, or travellers cheques.? I have to claim 2 weeks before so write soon. The £ is so poor, its $1.82 to £ now so I'll only get 182 or so for £100.

Judy is fine, Dad being very bloody minded of course. I just can't get him to see reason. Tess is gorgeous & seems very fond of Phillip & he of her, he told me he loves them both. Well, my love only 5 weeks by the time you get this, I'm getting really excited. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.

        As ever

                Your doting (& dotty)

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