Written: Written March 18, 1911
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Ambulant (Switzerland) to Clarens. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 43, page 616b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am writing to you on my way back from a lecture. Yesterday (Saturday) I lectured on the amnesty. We are all dreaming of leaving. If you are going home drop in to see us first. We’ll have a talk. I would very much like you to find out for me in England discreetly whether I would be granted passage.
All the best,
 This letter (postcard) to Inessa Armand in Clarens was written by Lenin on his way to Zurich from La Chaux-de-Fonds and posted by him in Ambulant (Switzerland). In La Chaux-de-Fonds—a large working-class centre of Switzerland—Lenin delivered a lecture (in German) at a workers’ club on the Paris Commune and the prospects of development of the Russian revolution (“Will the Russian Revolution Follow the Path of the Paris Commune?”).
 Lenin is referring to the declaration of the Provisional Government setting fort its political programme, one point of which provided for a complete and immediate amnesty in political and religious cases (see Vestnik Vremennogo Pravitelstva No. 1, March 5, 1917).