V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Kuokkala to Mikhnevo, Serpukhov Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 370-371.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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October 15, 1907

Mother dearest,

It is a long time since I wrote to you. I believe the last letter was the one I sent from my summer Mon Repos. We have now settled down to family life for the winter in the old place.[3] We hope the winter will not be as cold as the last. But we shall arrange things better now and “batten down the hatches”. I am very pleased with the premises and with the way things have been fixed up. Manyasha has been staying with us and is still here, but she intends leaving today because winter is setting in; the first snow fell today and it has turned cold.

How are you getting along there? Will it be all right in the country when the real cold sets in? Please convey my best regards to Mitya. It was a pity I could not visit him in the autumn,[4] we could have had some magnificent shooting, the weather was splendid all the time. When is he getting his holiday, for how long, and where is he going?

I have had a couple of letters from Anyuta. She seems to be pleased with her trip.[1] The route is an interesting one and it will probably be very fine down south now.

Here we are living in a small company of good friends.[2] We have books and work. We take walks along the   seashore. I think Manyasha felt very well here; she worked a lot, translating.

Nearly all of us recently paid tribute to autumn—with a dose of influenza for a couple of days. Now we are all well or convalescent. Yelizaveta Vasilyevna also feels quite well—only she sometimes gets too worried over the housekeeping.

I embrace and kiss you, my dear. I hope you will keep well.

V. Ulyanov


[1] Lenin’s sister Anna was abroad at the time.—Ed.

[2] At that time A. A. Bogdanov, I. F. Dubrovinsky, N. A. Rozhkov and G. D. Leiteisen lived at Kuokkala.—Ed.

[3] After the Seventh International Congress in Stuttgart, in which he took, part, Lenin stayed at Vaza Cottage at Kuokkala (now Repino, Sestroretsk District, Leningrad), where he had formerly lived when in hiding from the tsarist police.

[4] At that time Lenin’s brother Dmitry was employed as the village doctor at Lipitino, Serpukhov Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia.

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