V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Geneva to Mikhnevo, Serpukhov Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 386-387.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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July 13, 1908

Dear Manyasha,

I have just received your letter with Anyuta’s postscript. I was very glad to get the news. I was extremely glad to learn that there is a possibility of its publication in autumn.[1] Your St. Petersburg correspondent, however, has forgotten to answer one of my questions, an important one—is it not possible to obtain even one copy of the book in printed form, whether it has been made up or not? If the book is to come out in the autumn this is not impossible. I am prepared to pay five or even ten rubles to get a copy now. The point is that it is absolutely essential for me to show this book, before autumn, to certain people who cannot read the manuscript. If I cannot show the book to these people before autumn, I stand to lose a lot in all respects. And so, since you have the St. Petersburg address, and the owner of that address answers you and is closely in touch with the whole business—I ask you very earnestly to write to him and enquire, if there is the slightest opportunity, to get me just one copy, even if it means giving the right person “palm oil” to the extent of five rubles.

My illness has held up my work on philosophy very badly. I am now almost well again and will most certainly write the book. I have been doing a lot of work on the   Machists and I think I have sorted out all their inexpressible vulgarities (and those of “empirio-monism” as well).[2]

I am writing to M. Iv-na in Paris and giving her a recommendation.[3]

Give Mother many kisses for me. Best regards to all. I keep forgetting to write to tell Anyuta that I have received 340 rubles. So far I do not need money. Best regards to Mitya, Mark, Anyuta and everybody.

V. Ulyanov

P.S. When you or anybody else happens to be in Moscow, please buy me two books by Chelpanov, (1) Avenarius i yego shkola and (2) Immanentnaya filosofiya. They cost a ruble each. Published by Voprosy Filosofii i Psikhologii. The two books are issued as part of a series called either Essays and Research, or simply research, or monographs, or something of the sort.

Are you having a good rest this summer? The weather here is fine. I go cycling and bathing. Nadya and Y.V. send best regards to everyone.


[1] See Letter No. 162.—Ed.

[2] Lenin refers to his work on Materialism and Empiric-criticism.— Ed.

[3] M. I. Veretennikova, Lenin’s cousin. The letter and recommendation have been lost.—Ed.

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