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 476.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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May 27, 1912

Mother dearest,

I returned to Paris yesterday from a short business trip[1] and found your letter with the bad news about Anya and Manyasha.[2] I am sure they will not be able to hold them long because the absurdity of such an arrest is obvious. Things have come to such a pass that they say straight out to Anyuta “Not for long!” In the provinces today they probably pick up people for no reason at all, “just in case”.

Have you any acquaintances, my dear? Does anybody visit you? Sudden loneliness is the worst thing that can happen at such times. Do you get letters and news from Mitya and Mark?

Have you any acquaintances in St. Petersburg? It would be a good idea to write to them, if there are any, and tell them about what has happened, perhaps they can get some information. Sometimes the provincial administration is overzealous, especially now, after May Day.

I embrace you fondly, my dear, and hope you keep well and active.

V. U.

P.S. We have not yet decided what to do for the summer. It isn’t hot yet.


[1] It has not been established where Lenin went. According to G. M. Vyazmensky, Director of the Archives of Russian Social-Democracy in Berlin, Lenin visited the archives in summer of 1912 and saw there the Izvestia TsK R.S.D.R.P. (Bulletin of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P.) for 1907, which he had been looking for over a long period. It is possible that the journey of which Lenin speaks was to Berlin.

[2] On May 7, 1912 Lenin’s sisters Maria and Anna were arrested in Saratov in connection with the case of the Saratov R.S.D.L.P.(B.).

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