V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Munich to Samara. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 341-342.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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April 2, 1902

Mother dearest,

I received Manyasha’s letter only a little while ago. Thank her very much. A few days ago I wrote you that I have had no news of you for a long time. I even started sending Anyuta letters asking about you.

As regards books—please tell Manyasha not to send them until I let you have a new address.[3] I am grateful to her for sorting out the books; the only German books I should like to receive are those that are not needed (and not even likely to be needed) in Russia by you or by acquaintances. That is because I can easily get German books here, there is no shortage of them. But there is a shortage of Russian books, so please, could all possible Russian books be picked out and even all the statistics and put in a separate box, for I am beginning to miss these things and am thinking of having them all sent. I am particularly grateful to Manyasha for putting in some Russian classics.

How are you keeping now, my dear? Are you still thinking of a trip abroad in summer? It would be excellent, if it would not tire you too much.

Best regards to Mark. Has he at last received permission to leave?

What about the “doctor”[1] in Manchuria? I really should   very much like to correspond with him. Hasn’t his address been discovered yet?

Has Manyasha conveyed my best regards to the “old acquaintance” whom I used to visit at the farmstead?[2] I was very glad to have news of him.

Manyasha should also have a holiday in summer—somewhere in the Zhiguli Hills, eh?

I embrace you fondly, my dear; regards to all.


V. U.


[1] A. P. Sklyarenko.—Ed.

[2] See Letter No. 135.—Ed.

[3] Lenin refers here to books belonging to him that had been sent from Siberia to his mother’s address in Moscow. Some of these books are now at the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, Central Committee of the C.P.S.U.

The new address mentioned in the letter was necessary because the centre for publishing Iskra was transferred from Munich to London; Lenin left on April 12, 1902 (see next letter).

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