First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11.
Sent from Geneva to Mikhnevo, Serpukhov Uyezd, Moscow Gubernia.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 388.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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August 9, 1908
I am sending you a picture of the place I have just returned from. I went to the mountains for a holiday. The weather prevented my staying there longer. Nevertheless I had an excellent holiday. I hope that in about six weeks my too-long-delayed work will at last be finished. Then we shall be able to go walking together. I am hoping very much that you will pay us a long visit in autumn. You will, won’t you? Of course, you will! It would be wonderful if Mother could come, too. The weather this summer has not been good, more rain and thunderstorms than usual. There is a hope that September will turn out fine here. Do come!
Maria Ivanovna was here on her way from Paris. We had a bit of a chat. I visited her last Sunday evening. She spent a couple of days in Geneva and then went on to Italy. She was not long in Paris—a fortnight altogether. In general she is doing her tour abroad in too much of a rush!
Give Mother many, many kisses for me.
We are all well and all send best regards.
P.S. Vers l’Eglise is not far from Diablerets. We did not go there together. It is two and a half hours from Geneva by rail and about four hours on foot.
 Diablerets—a group of mountains in the western part of the Bernese Alps at the juncture of the Cantons of Berne, Vallais and Vaud; the highest point is 10,000 feet above sea level.