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From a Private German Collection
The Beatles were all extremely fond of Astrid as this letter confirms. Especially following the tragic and early death of Stuart Sutcliffe, her fiancé and one of the Beatles founding members. The letter written six months following this, in what appears to be a reply to one John may have received from her. He writes in a direct and kind tone, in support of a young and grieving friend. Lennon refers to himself as John Winston in the letter and references Cynthia as 'Cyn', his new wife, on numerous occasions. They both knew Astrid as he discusses how they are looking forward to seeing her soon. But he quickly states that he is not looking forward to being back in Hamburg.
The second page of the letter discusses Lennon's upset that 'Klaus', which we believe to be Voorman, was at that time not on speaking terms with Astrid. However this is not elaborated on in the letter. He simply hopes to reassure her that he will come around and that she is ok living her life as she wishes. On a more positive note he comments on her recent photography of the Liverpool band The Undertakers, for which Astrid had taken promotional images. He finishes the letter updating her on the current news and successes of the Beatles, showing some lack in confidence of their current record and predicting it not being as good as he would like, but that it is selling well. At this time they had just released "Love Me Do" which went to No.17 in the UK charts, in contrast to its re-release in the USA two years later when it went straight to No.1.