V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in June, prior to 28th, 1912
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 288b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,

...[1] I am surprised not to have had a single letter from you. It is essential for us to correspond more regularly and especially for you to write more often. “Paris will run to seed,” everybody used to say. This is now your responsibility, in other words, you must not allow that to happen. Get the people together at least once a week, talk to them, organise them, see Alexei daily and put some spirit into the group through him. You cannot “abandon your own” to the mercy of fate. It will not do to disorganise what has been (so far) the main centre. Remember, then, this is your responsibility!! Convene the Committee of the Organisations Abroad, instil new energy into it; while in Leipzig I heard complaints that the C.O.A. (unlike the C.B.G.A.[2] ) was doing nothing. And it is expected to supply leaflets (all those put out in Paris), bulletins, letters.... Attend to this....

All the best,


[1] Manuscript partly damaged. Here and further several words illegible.—Ed.

[2] Central Bureau of Groups Abroad.—Ed.

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