First published in 1929 in the Journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11.
Sent from London to Samara.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 354.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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December 26, 1902
Please send the enclosed letter to Anyuta; I have not got her address, I must have lost it (I have not yet written her a single letter) and perhaps she is not in Tomsk now, but with you. I believe you were hoping you would all be together for the holidays, Mitya as well. Write and tell me whether it turned out that way, and whether you made the acquaintance of Mitya’s wife.
We still have absolutely nothing new to tell you. The cold is over and we now have what we would call autumn weather; by way of exception it is dry, and this is very pleasant. The holidays here will probably be rather boring— few meetings, the reading-rooms closed and the theatres all overcrowded and difficult to get into. However, I am hoping to see some new acquaintances during this period.
I have recently been reading the German newspapers more than usual; there have been some interesting happenings in Germany and sometimes I wanted to get the story straight from the source. Things seem to be quieting down there, too.
How are you getting on? Are the worst frosts over? Have you any new acquaintances?
Hoping you will have a good time this holiday and will all keep well.
 A persistent struggle was going on in Germany in 1902 around the draft of a tariff reform proposed by the government. The German Social-Democrats, headed by August Bebel, were fighting against higher bread prices.