First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 6.
Sent from Shushenskoye to Podolsk.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 220-221.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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January 17, 1899
At last we have received the parcel, Mother dearest Merci for it. On Tuesday we also received Neue Zeit from Anyuta. It is most satisfactory that all last year’s issues of Neue Zeit are gradually reaching us. Anyuta, of course, has read Die historische Berechtigung, etc., in the issues she sent me. I had read that article before this and am in complete agreement with its arguments (as are other comrades here). By this mail I am sending you two more notebooks with parts of my book (Chapters V and VI) (+a separate page—the table of contents); these two chapters contain about 200,000 letters and the last two chapters will contain approximately as many. I should like to know whether they have begun to print the beginning, about how much time it takes to set a signature and if Anyuta is reading the last proof as she originally intended doing. If that is the case I do not think there would be anything inconvenient in sending the author the first few signatures together with other books. However, the pros and cons of this have probably already been considered without reference to my opinion.
We have no news. Yuly has not written for a very long time, which surprises and worries me. Anatoly is still unwell, poor fellow; he recently went down with typhus and there were some subsequent lung and heart complications. We advise him to apply for a transfer to Minusinsk District because the climate in Yeniseisk District is much worse, but he will have his own way.
Regards to all.
 The parcel was sent to Lenin by his mother, who later wrote to her daughter Maria, “I sent a chess set for Volodya and some sweets for Nadya to Shushenskoye on December 17, expecting that they would receive them for the holidays, certainly for the New Year, but they did not receive them until a month later, about January 17.”
 A. A. Vaneyev applied to be transferred to a place with a milder climate and the Governor-General of Irkutsk ordered him to be sent to Tunka, in Irkutsk Gubernia. Only after a second request, accompanied by a doctor’s certificate, did ho manage to get transferred to Yermakovskoye in Minusinsk District at the beginning of June 1899, where he died three and a half months later.