First published in 1924 in the book by V. A. Antonov-Ovseyenko, Zapiski o grazhdanskoi voine (Notes on the Civil War), Vol. I.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 474.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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January 21, 1918
I have received a complaint against you from the Central Executive Committee (at Kharkov). I very much regret that my request to you to come to an understanding did not reach you. Please, contact me as soon as you can (by direct line, single or double, through Kharkov) so that we can talk the thing out and get a really good understanding between ourselves. It is my earnest request that you make every effort to eliminate all friction with the (Kharkov) C.E.C. This is of the utmost importance to the state. I beg you to make peace with them, and recognise their sovereignty in every possible form. I earnestly ask you to recall the commissars you have appointed.
I very much hope that you will fulfil this request, and reach absolute peace with the Kharkov C.E.C. This calls for super-tact on a national plane.
As regards the victories over Kaledin and Co., I send you warmest greetings, good wishes and congratulations. Hurrah and hurrah! I warmly shake your hand.