First published in 1924 in the book: V. Veshnev, A. Serafimovich kak khudozhnik slova.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 448.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 21, 1920
To Comrade Serafimovich
My sister has just told me of the terrible misfortune which has overtaken you. Allow me to give you the very warmest handshake, and to wish you courage and firmness of spirit. I very much regret that I have not been able to fulfil my desire to see you more often and to become better acquainted. But your books, and what my sister has often told me, have aroused a profound affection for you in me, and I very much want to say to you bow necessary your work is for the workers and for all of us, and how essential it is now for you to be firm, in order to overcome your grief and force yourself to return to work. Forgive me for writing in a hurry. Once again, I shake you very warmly by the hand.
 The proletarian writer Serafimovich had lost his son during the Civil War.