V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 530.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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His Excellency
Mark Timofeyevich Yelizarov,
Po Volge Steamship Co.,
Nevsky, 45,

Spiegelgasse, 14II, Zürich, Switzerland

September 20, 1916

Dear M.T.,

Please show this postcard to Manyasha or send it on to her. I yesterday received her letter (postcard) dated August 8, and also some books, for which my best thanks. I was greatly worried by the news that Anyuta is in hos- pital.[1] What is the matter? Is it the same disease that made her once before, as she wrote, go into hospital for an operation? I hope that she and you will, at least, apply to only the very best surgeons because in such cases one should never have dealings with mediocre doctors. I shall impatiently await more frequent news, even if only in brief. Letters take a terribly long time nowadays! Many thanks to Manyasha for taking so much trouble over publishers; I shall get down to writing something or other, because prices have risen so hellishly that life has become devilishly difficult. How is Manyasha getting on? Does she earn a good salary? (I received 200 rubles and acknowledged it; thanks again.) If you can, please send Russian newspapers once a week after you have read them, because I have none at all (it is not worth while sending them more often). All the best and kisses for Manyasha. Nadya says the same.

V. Ulyanov


[1] Lenin wrote about his sister Anna’s illness for reasons of secrecy; actually she had been arrested on July 21, 1916. She was released in October and banished to Astrakhan Gubernia; since she was really ill, however, she was allowed to remain in Petrograd; during the winter her house was twice searched but nothing was found. In February 1917 she was again arrested although nothing was found on this occasion either; a few days later she was released by the revolutionary people.

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