First published in 1930 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 1.
Sent from Bombon (France) to Sinelnikovo,
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 436-437.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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August 24, 1909
I received your letter yesterday and am answering by return of post. There is no need at all for you to worry about Manyasha. She is convalescing splendidly. She can’t, of course, walk about much yet; she still has some pain in her leg (the right one). We asked the doctors in Paris and here in the country whether that was a bad sign. They all say “no”. They say she is convalescing well, if somewhat slowly. They advise Manyasha to wear a bandage so that the scar is not shaken so much when she walks. Yesterday she walked five or six versts, slept excellently afterwards and feels quite well. Generally speaking, she looks incomparably better, she has a good appetite, sleeps well and looks perfectly healthy. In short—I am being quite frank—everything is going well although rather slowly, probably because of the great fatigue she experienced in winter. We are having a good holiday here. We have been here three weeks and expect to be here another two, or perhaps three. I cannot yet say whether Manyasha will be able to travel to Russia in a month’s time. She has recovered very considerably during her three weeks’ holiday. I advise her to drink as much milk as she can and to eat curds and whey. She prepares the curds and whey herself, but in my opinion she is not feeding herself up enough; I am always quarreling with her on those grounds.
Our rooms here are good, and the board is good and not expensive (10 francs a day for the four of us). Nadya and I often go cycling.
I embrace you fondly, my dear, and wish you good health.
We all send our regards.
P.S. What news is there from Mark? Has he completely recovered from his operation? Give him regards from all of us.