V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Munich to Podolsk. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 331.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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July 1, 1901

Mother dearest,

It is quite a long time since I had news of you. Are you well? I recently received from Anya a letter of Mark’s with a postscript to me that you had sent her. I was very glad to hear from him (there has been no reply to my letter from Manyasha), but I was sorry to learn of the rather wretched arrangements in their cells. Their imprisonment has come at a bad time—summer. By the way, the summer here is not hot and there is a lot of rain. What is your summer like?

I have received the 75 rubles that Mitya sent, which probably came from the sale of my gun. Merci for the money. Did he receive Nadya’s letter in which she asked him to send me three copies of my book on capitalism?

Have you any acquaintances in Podolsk? Do you see the gentleman we went boating with last year?[1] You probably go to Moscow once a week, or perhaps more than once, don’t you? Have any of the Siberian friends called on you when passing through?[2]

I embrace you, Mother dearest, and wish you good health. Very best regards from all to Mitya, Mark and Manyasha.

V. U.


[1] This refers to V. A. Levitsky, who was at that time public health officer in Podolsk Uyezd of Moscow Gubernia. Lenin made the acquaintance of Levitsky at the summer cottage of his relatives before going abroad; he asked Levitsky to write for Iskra, and one article by him, Probuzhdeniye kirpichnikov, was printed in Iskra No. 1.

[2] The Siberian friends were G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, V. V. Starkov, M. A. Silvin and others who were in exile at the same time as Lenin.

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