Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Munich. Printed from the original.
Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova,
Paris, September 7, 1900
I received Manya’s letter and postcard, Mother dearest, and was glad to have news from home. I returned from my Rhine trip several days ago. I am not thinking of staying here for long, and shall probably be moving on soon. I don’t know where yet, but will write when it is certain.
Manyasha grumbles at the shortness of my letters; I admit my guilt, but by way of justification must say that here you are in a whirl all the time and there is such a wealth of impressions that it is difficult to choose what to dwell upon and describe in greater detail. I hope that when I leave here, when I am farther away from the turmoil of the exhibition with its peculiar exhibition atmosphere, I shall be able to concentrate better and write more clearly. Until then, please excuse me for the emptiness of my letters.
Many kisses for you, my dear, and regards to all.
Manyasha says nothing about your health; I hope that means you are well.
How are Mitya’s affairs going? When is Mark moving, and when will you all be in Moscow? What do you know about Manyasha’s case?
 Lenin was in Munich at this time. Paris is named for purposes of secrecy, as is the exhibition mentioned in the letter.
 Lenin’s sister Maria was arrested in the autumn of 1899 and banished to Nizhny Novgorod until the preliminary investigation was completed; she returned to Moscow at the end of December the same year.