V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written March 10, 1897
Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 2–3. Sent from Krasnoyarsk to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 94.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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I got your letter from the doctor and was very glad to have some news from home. I have received the bag Mother sent and think it will be very convenient. I shall probably take advantage of your proposal to make extracts from books in the Rumyantsev Library.[3] Yesterday I managed to find the famous local library belonging to Yudin, who gave me a hearty welcome and showed me his collection. He gave me permission to work in the library and I think I shall be able to. (There are two obstacles in the way; first, his library is outside the town, although the distance is short, about two versts, so it will make a pleasant walk; second, the library is not fully organised, so I may be a nuisance to the owner by making frequent requests for books.) We’ll see how it works out in practice. I think the second obstacle, too, will be removed. I have not seen all his library by far, but in any case it is an excellent collection of books. There are, for example, complete sets of journals (the most important) from the end of the eighteenth century up to date. I hope I shall be able to make use of them for the information I need so much for my work.

I see from the newspapers that in the spring fast trains will be coming here—8 days from Paris[1] to Krasnoyarsk, which means six days from Moscow. It will then be much more convenient to correspond.

V. U.


[1] Obviously St. Petersburg was meant.—Ed.

[2] This appears to be the second part of a family letter. The first part of the letter addressed to Lenin’s mother has not been found.

[3] The extracts to be made from various books in the Rumyantsev Library (now the State Lenin Library) were needed by Lenin for his work on the book The Development of Capitalism in Russia. Letter No. 18

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