V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1930 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 4. Sent from Paris to Saratov. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 475.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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April 7, 1912

Mother dearest,

You will probably receive this letter about April 1 (Old Style). I congratulate you and Manyasha on the occasion of your name day; I embrace you fondly and wish you everything of the best.

What is spring on the Volga like this year? Are you all keeping well? I have got into the habit of looking every day in Rech to see what the weather in Saratov is like and I see that it is still cold.

It seems that we are having an early spring here this year. Some days ago I again went cycling in the woods— the fruit trees in the orchards are all covered in white, “as though bathed in milk”, and such a wonderful perfume—a really delightful spring! It is a pity I cycled alone; Nadya has caught cold, has lost her voice and has to stay at home.

In summer we intend going to Fontenay, near Paris, and are thinking of moving there altogether.[1] Paris is expensive, rents have gone up. Besides, it will probably be healthier and quieter in the suburbs. I want to go and look for something soon.

We expected a long letter from Manyasha, but did not get one. I am sending her a prospectus, all that I could find. How are Mark and Anya keeping? What news is there from Mitya?

Again many kisses and best regards to all.

V. U.


[1] Lenin did not move at that time. On June 23, 1912 he and his family moved from Paris to Krakow, so that Lenin could maintain closer contact with Russia and give better guidance to the work of the Bolshevik Duma group and the newspaper Pravda.

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