First published in 1924.
Sent from Geneva to the Isle of Capri (Italy).
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 387.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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March 16, 1908
Dear A. M.,
It’s a pity I can’t manage to go and see you. A reply has come from Brussels and here there is no delay. But there is no money and no time, and I cannot abandon the newspaper.
Judging from the fact that you own a nanny-goat, I see that you are in a good humour, the right frame of mind, and life is normal with you. With us things are going none too well. We are pretty much at loggerheads with Al. Al. over this philosophy. I am neglecting the newspaper because of my hard bout of philosophy: one day I read one of the empirio-critics and swear like a fishwife, next day I read another and swear still worse. And Innokenty scolds me—and quite right too—for neglecting Proletary. Things are not running smoothly.
Ah, well, it’s only natural. Things will come right.
It would be fine if you could manage to write for Proletary without your major works suffering.
With warm greetings and best regards to A. Vas. and Maria Fyodorovna.
 This refers to an invitation to Lenin to attend the meeting of the International Socialist Bureau.