This letter was written by John Lennon to his ex-wife, Cynthia, nearly five years following their divorce in 1968. Their relationship had been through troubled times but at the time of writing this letter, it is clear that Lennon appeared to be trying to make amends with his ex-wife. Although he states his address on the letter as the Dakota building in New York, the letter was actually written during his estrangement with Yoko Ono and his relationship with May Pang when he was in fact living at 434 East 52nd Street, New York. Relations between Lennon and Yoko Ono and his ex-wife had become particularly strained when Lennon moved to New York in 1971, apparently with no word to Cynthia and his son, Julian. According to Cynthia's memoirs, there was no word from him between 1971 and 1974, apart from birthday and Christmas presents for Julian each year, sent by his London office with no personal note or card... The holiday for Julian mentioned in the letter would be the first time that father and son had been together for three years. The references to Jeff Mohamed [sic], Tony Carricker and Helen [Anderson] are references to mutual friends of Lennon and Cynthia from the Liverpool College of Art. As Ray Coleman states in his book, these references appear to show Lennon making a particular effort with Cynthia by alluding to their shared past.