The note displays emphatically the resentment felt by Lennon towards McCartney in the early Seventies, when their unrivaled musical partnership had descended into bitter personal attacks between the pair.
“I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it,” Lennon writes. “I hope you realise what you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me,” he continues, referencing the unease Lennon’s fellow bandmates were said to feel towards Yoko Ono‘s increasing presence around the band during their final years.
“I’m not ashamed of the Beatles – (I did start it all),” he continues. “But of some of the shit we took to make them so big – I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees – obviously not.”
The letter was acquired by a collector from a member of the Lennon family and is expected to command a large sum when it is sold next month.