Written: Written in April, not later than 26th, 1909, in Paris and mailed to a local address
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 47. Printed from a copy in an unknown handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 43, pages 204b-205.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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...with regard to your proposal to convene the B.C. now, we consider it necessary to state the following:
1) A number of previous meetings of the B.C. have shown that of the more or less important questions raised at these meetings there is a whole group that is obviously connected with the questions of a more general nature which the meeting of the enlarged B.C. is now being called to settle. Deciding this group of questions before the general issue of the course the entire fundamental and practical policy of the B.C. as the leading organ of the Bolshevik group should take, is under these circumstances either impossible or in effect develops into a squabble and heightens its elements. With the attitude to the decisions of the B.C. which we observe on the part of the “opposition”, comradely discussion is reduced to a series of sallies by these comrades against individual members of the B.C., to unwarranted repetition of gossip and slander.
2) In view of this, the B.C., noting that some members of the B.C. have embarked on the path of division, has already resolved to allow decisions on urgent practical questions to be taken by means of a questionnaire circulated among B.C. members before the plenary meeting. We there fore see no need at present to convene a meeting of the members of the B.C. now in Paris, all the more as the question of the date of the enlarged meeting—the immediate purpose of the proposed meeting—can only be settled by obtaining the opinions of all members of the B.C., mainly of those now in Russia. Corresponding inquiries have been sent to all of them and we are now awaiting the replies, of which you will be informed by the secretary.
The question of inviting representatives from the regions does not require special discussion, since their presence is obligatory at enlarged meetings of the B.C.
Comrade N.’s statement concerning the date suitable for him would, of course, have been given the most careful consideration even if he had handed it in himself and not through three other members.
With comradely greetings,