V. I. Lenin


To:   P. P. MASLOV

Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 46. Sent from St. Petersburg to Samara. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 42a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Just received your second letter and am hurrying to reply; if you write at once your answer may still find me here (I’ll probably be here until June 12).

Your suggestion appeals to me very much in principle. On particulars, however, I cannot pass judgement, not having seen your article. As for my own article,[1] strictly speaking, I do not think it is worth printing in its present form (the form of a simple review of V. Y. Postnikov’s book).[2]

(In regard to the cost of publication, I think something not very long would be much cheaper.)

All in all it seems that the matter will have to be put off until autumn,[3] for even if you managed to send the article here it would still take quite some time before it could be published. We shall have to discuss this thoroughly in detail by letter. Still better would it be to meet in person[4] ; if you have the means (and the desire) to publish and want to write, and if we see eye to eye, it should be possible to arrange....[5]


[1] See “New Economic Developments in Peasant Life” (present edition, Vol. 1, pp. 11–73).—Ed.

[2] We shall discuss this in greater detail. —Lenin

[3] And this is not a long time. —Lenin

[4] For experience shows that mail makes very slow haste. —Lenin

[5] The manuscript breaks off here.—Ed.

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