First published in 1924 in the book: A. Vinogradov, Iz vospominanii o V. I. Lenine (From Recollections of V. I. Lenin), Vesyegonsk.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 348a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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27. II. 1920
Comrade Vinogradov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Vesyegonsk Teachers’ Union, has presented the attached petition.
The crux of the matter is that the Vesyegonsk Uyezd Food Committee be instructed to issue to the teachers (about 500 in the uyezd) an increased ration of bread and potatoes plus footwear or leather.
Both from local stocks—the uyezd has surpluses.
Please make the necessary inquiries today (the comrade has to leave tomorrow) and give me a reply by telephone (in the evening we shall decide the matter in the Council of Defence).
 This refers to the “Mandate to Comrade Vinogradov, delegate from the Second Vesyegonsk Uyezd Congress of workers engaged in education and socialist culture”, = which dealt with the grave material plight of the school staffs. On February 27, 1920, Vinogradov was received by Lenin. During their talk, which lasted 45 minutes, Lenin wrote the present letter. A favourable decision was reached in regard to improving the material position of the Vesyegonsk teachers.