V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from London to Samara. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 356-357.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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February 22, 1903

Mother dearest,

I have received your letter, for which a big merci. It was very interesting to hear about Anyuta. By the way, please send her this letter as I do not know her address. It is true she recently sent me a brief note for which I am very grateful, but she forgot to say anything about her address and, in general, she was so hazy about everything that I am completely bewildered. I learned about the “Chinese” philistines[1] only from you. In a way, that is closer to Europe, or to the New World! Rather interesting, I think, very much so, in fact!

I am very, very sorry about the old friend.[2]

Would it not be quicker to correspond with the Chinese lady through Japan or through some British port? True enough, it is farther by sea, but the Europeans are many times more punctual!

Life here goes on as usual. Nothing particularly good has happened and nothing bad either, and in general I feel much less veberarbeitet[3] than before. I expect to take a trip to Germany in a few days.[4] The weather is astonishingly fine, it is hot in a light coat; sunshine and a warm, warm breeze.... Just right for walking.

How are you getting on? Where are Mitya and his wife? How is Manyasha?

I embrace you fondly, my dear, and wish you good health.

V. Ulyanov

Best regards to all, especially to Anya and Mark!


[1] Lenin’s sister Anna and her husband Mark Yelizarov.—Ed.

[2] A. P. Sklyarenko.—Ed. —Lenin

[3] Overworked (Ger.).—Ed.

[4] Lenin wrote about Germany for purposes of secrecy. In February 1903 he went to Paris to lecture at the Russian Social Sciences Higher School there; between February 23 and 26 he delivered four lectures on “Marxist Views on the Agrarian Problem in   Europe and in Russia”. (In the Central Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, C.C., C.P.S.U., there are two variants of a plan of these lectures in the form of notes.) Early in March Lenin spoke at a meeting of Russian political émigrés in Paris on the agrarian programme of the Socialist-Revolutionaries and the Social-Democrats. He returned to London on March 9.

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