Written: Written February 16 or 17, 1909
Published: First published in 1930 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 1. Sent from Paris to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 407.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Yesterday we sent you a telegram and got a reply today. Manyasha has been and still is eager to leave at once, but I think she now agrees to wait for a letter. How is Mother now? I read Mitya’s letter and I ask him to write to us regularly now; as a doctor he is better able to see, especially after consultations with specialists, what course the disease is taking and I ask him especially to inform us more often, even if only in a brief letter. Please farm out the proofs— it is absolutely heartless to plant them on you at such a time. You have the manuscript, so hire some student, etc., (or through the “writer” , etc.) as the last proof-reader, give him my address and don’t waste your attention on the correcting of proofs. You have enough to worry about without that.... Give Mother many, many kisses. Everyone sends very best regards.
Mark does not want to go until his time is up; he says times are such that he will not be allowed in the capital in any case.
All the best,
 I. I. Skvortsov-Stepanov, who rendered substantial assistance in getting Materialism and Empirio-criticism published.—Ed.
 The telegram has been lost. It inquired about the health of Lenin’s mother, who was ill at the time.