This letter is a manuscript copy of the original, and is apparently not written in Phillis's hand. Phillis Wheatley writes to William Legge, the 2nd
earl of Dartmouth, on 10 October 1772, sending a poem with her best wishes; the poem is not included with this letter. The accompanying poem is the one which appears in her book, Poems on Various Subjects
, titled "To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North America, &c."
(See the online presentation of the published version of the poem.
Phillis was introduced to Lord Dartmouth on her visit to England in 1773.