V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in early January 1910
Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Paris to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 447.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Dear Manyasha,

I have received your postcard—merci for the news. As far as the bicycle is concerned I thought I should soon receive the money, but matters have dragged on. I have a suit pending and hope to win it. I was riding from Juvisy[1] when a motorcar ran into me and smashed my bicycle (I managed to jump off). People helped me take the number and acted as witnesses. I have found out who the owner of the car is (a viscount, the devil take him!) and now I have taken him to court (through a lawyer). I should not be riding now, anyway, it is too cold (although it’s a good winter, wonderful for walks).

I am enclosing the exact names of two books on land allotment that I need very badly. Have you managed to find anyone who can get them?

All the very best. Kiss Mother for me. Does she find it very cold in the new flat?

V. U.

(1) Obzor deyatelnosti Glavnogo upravleniya zemleustroistva i zemledeliya za 1907 i 1908. St. Petersburg, 1909.

(2) Obzor deyatelnosti uyezdnykh zemleustroitelnykh komissii (1907-8gg).

I am not sure whether these are two different books or one and the = same.[2].

If there are two, the second is the more important for me.

(3) Yezhegodnik Glavnogo upravleniya zemleustroistva i zemledeliya. St. Petersburg, 1908.


[1] Juvisy—a small town near Paris, where there was an aerodrome; Lenin, who was greatly interested in aviation, went there to watch the aeroplanes in flight.

[2] The book referred to was Obzor deyatelnosti uyezdnykh zemleustroitelnykh komissii (1907–1908). There was no other book.

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