First published in 1960 in Voprosy Istorii KPSS No. 2.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 384b-385a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Vladimir Alexandrovich,
I have just heard from Maria Ilyinichna of the death of your son. We were both stunned by the news! Heart disease, I take it. On behalf of myself, of Nadezhda Konstantinovna, and of Maria Ilyinichna, permit me to press your hand hard and that of your wife, whose acquaintance, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to make. You need all your strength to help you both bear this blow, worn out as you are by overwork. And bear it you must, for we have so few functionaries. Again, a very firm handshake!