First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 533-534.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Her Excellency Maria Ilyinichna
Shirokaya Street, 48/9,
November 26, 1916
I had just sent a registered postcard to Mark Timofeyevich’s address when the books (a novel in two volumes) came from you, and then a postcard saying you were expecting Anyuta in a day or two. Many thanks for the books. I am very glad to get the news about Anyuta. My very best regards to her; I hope she will not be long in Astrakhan Gubernia and, while there, she should be careful not to get ill from the hot climate to which she is not accustomed. Nadya sends regards and thanks you for the news about Lidiya.
There have been no changes here. Prices are rising more than ever. Many thanks for the money (I have written to M.T. acknowledging receipt of 500 rubles=869 francs). If it is not too much trouble send me three or four times a month the Russian newspapers after you have read them— tie them up tightly with string or they will get lost. I have no Russian newspapers here. For translation I proposed three books—Kemmerer, Technischer Fortschritt, Hobson, Imperialism, and Gilbreth, Motion Study. I have not yet received an answer and am awaiting one (because the publisher must find out whether they have been published before).
I again wish everybody all the best and send you and Anya many kisses.
 This refers to the release of Lenin’s sister Anna from prison. —Ed.