V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written August 26, 1898 Sent from Shushenskoye to Podolsk
Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 4. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 186-187.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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August 26

Yesterday, Mother dearest, I received your telegram of the 21st about Mitya’s release and also your letter and Anyuta’s. I was very glad to get all the news, especially about Mitya. His being released means the investigation is finished; now it will be interesting to know what the prosecuting authority is preparing for him,[3] I am waiting for news of how you are getting fixed up for the winter.

Anyuta’s letter is very interesting and I was very glad to learn that my fears of a fiasco were premature.[1] I am sending a registered package (to the same address as the letter) containing the manuscript of an article written a few days ago. Please send it on to the écrivain with a request to try and place it somewhere; if it is too late for the collection of articles, try one of the journals (Mir Bozhy, or perhaps Nauchnoye Obozreniye would be more convenient).[4] I don’t know whether it is convenient for me to send manuscripts direct to St. Petersburg. I did that with Webb because the deadline (September 1) was only a fortnight away, but I don’t know whether it gave rise to any dissatisfaction there. For the time being I shall continue sending them to you.

I have already written about having received Gumplowicz, Shakhov, Wolfe’s Izvestiya and books from Friedmann.

I thank “Auntie”[2] very much for her regards, etc. It is   a pity that there are only regards. I am not at all to blame that I “do not reply”. What does Anyuta think? Should I answer now or would it be better to wait, if I have to?

The weather here is showing signs of autumn, although the last few days have been very fine. That our house will not be a suitable one to winter in is something we do not think about and are not afraid of. It is always possible to find other lodgings.

V. U.

What about Manyasha? Is she still hesitating or has she at last come to a decision?


[1] This is a reference to the publication of Economic Studies and Essays.—Ed.

[2] A. M. Kalmykova.—Ed.

[3] Dmitry Ulyanov was banished to Tula and was then kept under police surveillance at Podolsk in Moscow Gubernia.

[4] The article referred to is “On the Question of Our Factory Statistics (Professor Karyshev’s New Statistical Exploits)”—see Collected Works, Vol. 4, pp. 13–45. Lenin made extensive use of the material contained in this article and the conclusions drawn from it in The Development of Capitalism in Russia. The article was not published either in Mir Bozhy or Nauchnoye Obozreniye but first appeared in Economic Studies and Essays

Mir Bozhy (The Wide World—literally God’s World)—a liberal literary and popular scientific monthly. It was published in St. Petersburg from 1892 to 1906; from 1906 to 1918 it appeared under the name of Sovremenny Mir (The Contemporary World).

Nauchnoye Obozreniye (Science Review)—published in St. Petersburg from 1894 to 1904; from 1903 it became a general literary magazine. It published Lenin’s articles “Uncritical Criticism” (Collected Works, Vol.3, pp. 609–32), “A Note on the Question of the Market Theory” and “Once More on the Theory of Realisation” (Collected Works, Vol. 4, pp. 55–64 and 74–93).

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