V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 11, 1914
Published: First published in 1959 in Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 4. Sent from Poronin to St. Petersburg. Printed from a typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 416a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Colleague,

I thank you very much for sending me the last part of the book Marxism and Liquidationism I have another very important request to make of you. Will you please send immediately all the printed sheets of this book (i.e., the whole book) to the following address: rue du Beffroi. 2. A. Bruxelles. Mr. Jean Popoff. This is an extremely important matter which does not brook a moment’s delay. Please send it express, hire a messenger and mail it specially from the Warsaw Station. I shall pay all the expenses promptly by special remittance if need be.

If at all possible, I would ask you (on a matter of such great importance as occurs only once in two years) to collect supplementary material (sets of Pravda and Severnaya Rabochaya Gazeta[1] for 2 weeks, Nasha Zarya and the gems of liquidationist literature—consult the editor of Trudovaya Pravda[2]). In the same package. I trust you will meet my request. The articles of Bulkin and Martov in No. 3 of Nasha Zarya, Axelrod’s articles on party reform—that is to say, revolution, Stoikaya Mysl No. 18, St. Petersburg bourgeois newspapers for the evening of 4.1V.1914 and morning of 5.IV.1914, articles on the bloc between the Narodniks and liquidators in the insurance campaign. What ever you can manage, to catch the mail train (evening train, I believe) of the Warsaw Line.


[1] Severnaya Rabochaya Gazeta (Northern Workers’ Gazette)—a Menshevik-liquidator daily, published in St. Petersburg in lieu of Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta from January 30 (February 12) to May 1 (14), 1914.

[2] Trudovaya Pravda (Labour Truth)—one of the names under which the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda, bounded by the tsarist government, was published from May 23 (June 5) to July 8 (21), Thirty-five numbers were put out.

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