V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in Geneva and mailed to a local address
Published: First published in 1928 in the journal Oktyabr No. 12. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 114b-115a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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16/VII. 03

Dear V. D.,

G. V. told me that you can get from one of your acquaintances a Brockhaus and Efron encyclopaedia. If so, I would kindly ask you to get me the volumes containing the articles:
Serf economy,

I am greatly in need of the reference material in these volumes for an article I am writing in a hurry.[1] Please let me know if you can get them.


Just received the pamphlet by Engels[3] and am sending it on to you. Ask V. M. to translate all the Vorbemerkung[2] and return the pamphlet to me without delay.

When could she return it?

Just received your report.[4] Thanks!


[1] Lenin was working at the time on the article “Reply to Criticism of Our Draft Programme” (see present edition, Vol. 6, pp. 438–53).—Ed.

[2] Prefatory notes.—Ed.

[3] A reference to Engels’s “The Peasant Question in France and Germany” (see Marx and Engels, Selected Works in one volume, Moscow, 1968, pp. 633–50).

[4] The reference is to the report “Division and Sectarianism in Russia” written by V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich at the request of Lenin and Plekhanov for the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. Later the report was published in the Social-Democratic paper for members of religious sects Rassvet (Daybreak) No. 6–7 for 1904. The draft resolution on the publication of a periodical for members of religious sects was written by Lenin (see present edition, Vol. 6, p. 475).

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