First published in 1958 in the book: Slavniye Bolshevichki (Outstanding Bolshevik Women), Moscow.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 150b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Vladimir Dmitrievich,
Only this morning I heard the awful news. I cannot travel to Moscow, but I should like, if only in a letter, to grip your hand hard, very hard, to express my love and the love of all of us for Vera Mikhailovna, and to give you at least a little support, insofar as anyone can do so, in your terrible grief. Take good care of your daughter’s health. Once more, a strong, firm handshake.
 This letter to V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich was written in connection with the death on September 30, 1918, of his wife, V. M. Velichkina-Bonch-Bruyevich, a member of the Board of the People’s Commissariat for Health.