V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written after October 5, 1904
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XV. Sent from Geneva to Saratov. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 139.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Personal from Lenin to Maria Petrovna

Dear Comrade,

I was extremely glad to learn from our mutual friends (particularly from Zver—I don’t know whether you knew her by the same nickname) that you are alive and have taken up a political stand in solidarity with us. We were acquainted and saw each other so long ago (at Samara in 1892–93) that it would be difficult for us to renew our friendship without the help of new friends. And I should very much like to renew it. For this purpose I am sending you, taking advantage of the address I have, a detailed letter about our affairs, and earnestly ask you to reply personally and as soon as you can. It is quite impossible to work together unless there is regular correspondence, but up to now Saratov has been in the habit of keeping a stubborn silence for months at a time. Please see that all this is changed now, and begin to write us yourself as circumstantially as possible. Without detailed letters from you personally it will be impossible to get a clear picture either of your personal activity in the cause or of Saratov conditions in general. Please make yourself spend 2 or 3 hours a week on this.

I send you very best greetings and good wishes.



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