V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya, No. 8-9. Sent from Shushenskoye to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 284-285.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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October 17, 1899

This week I have received a lot of interesting things from home, Mother dearest, and send you many thanks for them all. I was very glad to make the acquaintance of the new French journal, which promises to be very interesting; the mere fact of its appearance under the editorship of Longuet is noteworthy.[1] I am finishing reading the Stuttgart minutes, also with considerable interest. And then, the booklet on the professional congress in Moscow (which I received on Friday) was also very interesting and instructive.[2]

There is a lull in the literary news. I believe I have already written about reading of the publication of Volume I of Webb and ordering one for myself because they apparently think it superfluous to send me one. I have heard about a new St. Petersburg paper—Severny Kuryer[3]—and intend to order it as soon as I see announcements in the press. Yuly wrote to me from Turukhansk that a lengthy article by M. Engelhardt had been published in Novosti; it was called “The Cards Are Being Revealed” and it simply tore Ilyin’s book on capitalism to pieces. It would be interesting to read it if finding and purchasing that particular issue in Moscow would not be too much trouble. I rarely see Zhizn; the seventh issue was sent to me quite unexpectedly direct from St. Petersburg, maybe even direct from the editorial room (sic!!??!!). Comrades sometimes send me Naucknoye Obozreniye; people living near here whom I am sometimes able to meet receive it.

There have been no changes here. How have you fixed yourselves up in Moscow? Who is going abroad, Anya or Manyasha, and when? Did you leave Mitya alone in Podolsk?

Many kisses for you and regards to everybody.

V. U.


[1] The journal referred to was Le Mouvement Socialiste, a social and political journal that first appeared in Paris in January 1899. It published a number of letters from Frederick Engels and articles by him. A number of the leaders of world Social-Democracy contributed to the journal, among them Wilhelm Liebknecht, Harry Quelch, Jean Jaurès, August Bebel and Rosa Luxemburg. It also carried articles by the opportunists and revisionists that dominated the Second International. Le Mouvement Socialiste went out of existence in June 1914.

[2] This booklet was apparently used by Lenin’s sister as the vehicle of a letter in invisible ink and Lenin’s statement that the “booklet on the professional congress in Moscow was very interesting and instructive” obviously refers to the contents of the letter.

[3] Severny Kuryer (Northern Courier)—a social, political and literary daily that appeared in St. Petersburg in 1899 and 1900.

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