V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written May 20, 1895
Published: First published in 1929 in the Journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Switzerland to Moscow. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 73.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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May 20 (8)

I wrote the last letter on the way here. Now I have settled down in one place. I do not think, however, that it will be for long as I shall be moving on somewhere.

The scenery here is splendid, I am enjoying it all the time. The Alps began immediately after the little German station I wrote to you from; then came the lakes and I could not tear myself away from the window of the railway carriage; if I could find out something about local conditions and prices (one could surely put up cheaply in the country districts) it would perhaps be possible to spend the summer here. The fare is not much and the scenery is splendid.

I have seen my god-daughter and her family.[3] We spoke, incidentally, on the subject of prices which Mark raised.[1] It seems that servants are very expensive here— 25 to 30 francs a month, all found—and they have to be fed well.

Have you found a place for the summer at last? I do not need the address, I suppose, because I can always write to Mark, but I should like....[2]


[1] * I am now fixed up... (The continuation of the footnote was on the second page of the letter which has been lost.—Ed.)—Lenin

[2] The rest of the letter has been lost.—Ed.

[3] This refers to Anna, the two-year-old daughter of A.A. Schucht whose family was in Geneva at the time. Lenin had known the Schucht family in Samara.

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