Written: Written January 8, 1913
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, , Moscow, Volume 43, pages 325-326a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,
I received your letter and will try to fulfil your requests, although I can promise no success as yet.
The people are practically all here....
The first impression (sous toutes rèserves) is most favourable. No “mincing” whatever. We are starting to confer today and hope to make good progress. When we have finished I shall write to you again.
They have brought a letter from Alexinsky. I am enclosing it. When you have read it (and made a copy for yourself) be sure to return it without delay.
Yesterday an extremely friendly letter arrived from Gorky, who appears to be utterly “charmed” at the Vperyod people joining Pravda.
He writes that he and Tikhonov will take the literary section of Pravda, ... and that “Machism, god-building and all that nonsense have faded out for good”. Splendid!
It was a mistake of yours to undertake to write a review on Steklov. It won’t ring true....
They promise to put out Prosveshcheniye in the middle of January.
Plekhanov wrote to Pravda (through Dnevnitsky), offering to write an answer to Mayevsky, “provided there is no double censorship”. They replied consenting. They are awaiting the article. Buryanov has come to see Plekhanov. Plekhanov wrote him opposing Jagiello’s admission.
An invitation has been received from the Vorstand to a unity conference: C.C.+O.C.+Plekhanov+Duma group+P.S.D. We’ll send them to the devil. Entre nous!
I’m in a hurry. Must wind up. Everyone sends you best regards, especially Malinovsky and Koba. We are terribly sorry you are not here. On the whole things seem to be on the upgrade. Financially Pravda is hard up, but we pin our hopes now on Gorky.
All the best,
 Manuscript partly damaged. Here and further several words illegible.—Ed.