Written: Written on June 22, 1902
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from London to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, pages 113-114.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We have just given the Bundist contact with you. This concerns the congress. You and he (+a bureau or someone else) must form a Russian Committee for preparing the congress. Behave as impressively as you can and act with caution. Take on yourself the greatest possible number of districts in which you undertake to prepare for the congress, refer to the bureau (giving it some other name), in a word, make sure that the whole thing is entirely in your hands, leaving the Bund, for the time being, confined to the Bund. We shall begin negotiations here about a rapprochement over here, and will inform you immediately.
And so, for the time being, have in mind the composition of a Russian Committee for Preparing the Congress which is most advantageous for us (you may find it convenient to say that you have already formed this committee, and are very glad to have the Bund participate or something like this). Take on yourself, without fail, to be secretary in this committee. These are the first steps. And then we shall see.
I say have the composition “in mind” to have as free a hand as possible: don’t commit yourself to the Bund right away (you can say, for example, that connections have been established with the Volga, the Caucasus, the centre—we have a man from over there—and the South—we’re sending two down there), and make yourself master of the undertaking. But do all this most carefully, without rousing objections.
Write whether your role is clear to you. Perhaps we shall yet have time to exchange letters.
Make certain to send the weekly paper regularly to Rögner’s address: we need the most regular correspondence. And we should like to send a special weekly: let us have as quickly as possible the address of a doctor, a technician, a cyclist, an artiste, and so on, and so forth.