N. Krupskaya


To Lenin’s Mother

Written: 15 January, 1904. Letter sent from Geneva
Published: 1929 in the journal Proletarshaya Revolyufsiya No. 11 Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 607.
Translated/Edited: George H. Hanna and Robert Daglish.
Transcription/Markup: D. Walters
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M. A. Ulyanova,
Laboratornaya, 12, Apt. 4,

Dear Maria Alexandrovna,

Your letter came as a great shock to us—and it is so sad.[See Note No. 233.—Editor] I can only hope they will soon be released. We have heard that there have been wholesale house searches and arrests in Kiev. During such raids many people are caught in the dragnet. Judging by the fact that they have arrested all of them, the case will be a trivial one. I don’t know what conditions in the Kiev lockups are like now-they used to be bearable. Have they allowed you to see anyone? I have asked an acquaintance of mine to visit you. Since you moved to Kiev so recently, I am afraid you have not got any acquaintances there, the city is a big one and you are strange to it. It’s a great pity that I have lost the address of a friend of Anyuta’s and cannot write to her. I shall await your letter anxiously. Perhaps it will bring pleasanter news.

We are not living too well in Geneva; Mother is often poorly. We feel unsettled somehow and the work goes badly.

Can you send books and things to the people in prison? Have you had any letters from them? Does Mark Timofeyevich intend taking a holiday and visiting you? Mother is sorry she is not in Russia with you. Wishing you health and strength.