First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 535-536.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Mile Maria Ilyinichna Ulyanova,
Shirokaya Street, 48/9, Apt. 24,
February 15, 1917
I today received 808 francs through the Azov-Don Bank; in addition to that I received 500 francs on January 22. Please write and let me know what money this is, whether it is from a publisher, from which one, for what and whether it is for me. I must keep an account, that is, I must know what the publisher has paid for and what he has not. I cannot understand where so much money comes from; Nadya says jokingly that I must have been “pensioned off”. Ha, ha! The joke is a merry one, for the cost of living makes one despair and I have desperately little capacity for work because of my shattered nerves. But joking aside, I must know more about this; please let me know. It is most likely that one (or more) of your letters has gone astray and I do not know what is going on. I am afraid to spend the money (sometimes money was sent through me to a sick friend).
I recently received these books from you: Russkiye Zapiski, Tvyordiye tseny na khleb, Trudovoye posrednichestvo, Tulskaya statistika. I am very, very grateful.
Very best regards to Anyuta, M.T. and Mitya. There are no changes here, we live very quietly; Nadya often feels poorly. The winter has been exceptionally cold, even now it is still cold. How are all of you there? Are you keeping well? We rarely get news of you.
All the best, many kisses,