V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 2-3. Sent from Shushenskoye to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 126-127.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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September 7

I am sending you a registered package, Mark, containing my article.[1] Please send it on to the writer as quickly as you can (it is already late) together with the enclosed letter to him.[3]

At last, on September 5, I received Novoye Slovo for June. I am afraid another copy will come from you—what should I do with it?

The next half of this letter is for Manyasha, from whom I received a letter dated 18 (30) August postmarked Lausanne. I hope our people are all home again by this time.

All the best,
V. U.

I read in Russkiye Vedomosti that the statisticians in Tula have not been confirmed.[4] Was the Chicagoan among their number? Why did he not answer my second letter sent through Manyasha from Krasnoyarsk?[2]

What is the library situation like?

September 7, 1897


On September 5 I received your letter of 18 (30). Thanks. That was an excellent idea to take excursion tickets to see all Switzerland.

I am very glad that you have begun to enjoy being abroad. What are your plans for the winter? You are probably busy now searching for an apartment. The problem of finding accommodation in a big city is a difficult and tedious business! You are probably running around searching, if Mark and Mitya have not yet found anything for you.

Mother’s letter, in which she spoke about her petition, I received and answered immediately.[5] The efforts made by Gleb and Basil to get transferred to Minusinsk have not come to anything although they were very energetic about it.[6] I am not trying to get a transfer and so far do not intend to; I have no complaints to make about Shu-shu-shu and I do not like that state of uncertainty when you start making applications, get excited waiting for a reply, keep getting ready to leave and so on.

Well, all the best. I have not written much because today I am late with the despatch of my article and am in a great hurry. Kiss Mother.

V. U.


[1] In case of emergencies, and for a check, let me tell you that it consists of 130 numbered pages.—Lenin

[2] The Chicagoan—V. A. Yonov. His correspondence has been lost.—Ed.

[3] Lenin sent Mark Yelizarov “The Handicraft Census of 1894–95 in Perm Gubernia” to be passed on to P. B. Struve; the letter to Struve has been lost.

[4] Lenin here refers to a report from Tula published in the “Homo News” column of the newspaper Russkiye Vedomosti for August 6, 1897. The report spoke of an investigation to be carried out by   the Zemstvo authorities of the gubernia for the purpose of making an assessment of property. The gubernia Zemstvo engaged a number of statisticians for this work but for some reason they were not confirmed by the local administration and the investigation was postponed until the following year.

[5] On August 6, 1897, Lenin’s mother sent the Governor of Yeniseisk a petition to have Lenin transferred to Krasnoyarsk for treatment on account of his poor health and because of her wish to visit him in exile. Her request was refused. Lenin’s letter to his mother, mentioned here, has been lost.

[6] After a number of applications the Governor of Yeniseisk permitted G. M. Krzhizhanovsky and V. V. Starkov to move to Minusinsk; they arrived there on August 31, 1898.

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