Written: Written March 23 or 24, 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, pages 419-420.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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I have just received your registered letter of March 7. Many thanks!
We were very glad to get the news that dear Mother is better and has begun to get up. I send her all my love.
How is Mark? Is there any news from him?
The strike here has finally come to an end. At last! An excellent proletarian affair was seriously interfering with our literary affairs....
I still have not received your proofs and the made-up pages. I have seen the clean proofs of signatures 1-9 (pp. 1-144) and signature 13 (pp. 193–208) only. I have not seen any proofs after Section 6 of Chapter Three (the beginning).
The postman, to be sure, gives us hope—the sacs de Russie that were not opened during the strike will be opened and delivered today or tomorrow. I am afraid to hope!
Nevertheless I am very, very glad that there is progress,
that signatures 19 and 20 have now been made up and the
end must be near. It has been a great strain on my nerves
waiting for this long drawn-out book.
I am sending an addendum. Do not hold up the book for it. But if there is time, let them print it in different type (in smaller type, for instance) at the very end of the book. I regard it as extremely important to counterpose Chernyshevsky to the Machists.
I agree, of course, to 50 copies being placed at your disposal.
 Collected Works, Vol. 14, pp. 359–61.—Ed.