V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Paris to Alupka (Crimea). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 428-429.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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May 21, 1909

Mother dearest,

A big merci for your letter of April 25. We were all greatly pleased to learn that you are staying in the Crimea and at last having a fairly decent holiday. This is how matters stand with Manyasha. She has put her name down for the examinations[1] and is now zealously swotting. We have to wait for the results—in a few weeks it will be known whether she will finish her examinations successfully. I have no doubt that she will, for she works very conscientiously. She is now quite well. Now and again we drag her out for walks—not long ago we took her to the forest at Clamart, a few versts from Paris, where the air is wonderful.

The best thing, of course, would be for her to stay here for another winter and for all of us to live together. We shall have to try to arrange that as soon as the examinations are over. We are going for a holiday in the summer (somewhere near the end of June or the beginning of July, I think) —we shall take her along with us—and then in the autumn she will wait for you here and in Paris we shall all be beautifully provided for.

I embrace you fondly, my dear, and hope you have a good holiday. We here are all well and send regards.

V. U.

P.S. Best regards to Anyuta. I have received the book.[2] It has been beautifully published—but everyone grumbles at the price (2 rubles 60 kopeks), but that, apparently, is the publisher’s fault.


[1] Lenin’s sister Maria was preparing to take the entrance examination to the Sorbonne language courses in order to obtain the diploma of a teacher of French.

[2] Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-criticism. Critical Comments on a Reactionary Philosophy appeared between May 12 and 17 (N.S.), 1909;   it was published in Moscow by L. Krumbügel’s firm Zveno.

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