First published in 1925 in Lenin Miscellany III.
Sent from Munich to Zurich.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, pages 61-62.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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December 24, 1900
Dear P. B.,
I returned from my business trip only yesterday, and found your letter. The paper should be ready today; as soon as I receive it I shall send it to you, unless you start out yourself.
My brother arrives this evening.
Alexei will not get rid of his obstacles and leave before Dec. 20 (O.S.).
I was quite unable to send the proofs—I myself could not get them, and had to make the journey to sort things out on p. 8. However unpleasant it was, I had to divide your article, and hold up the second half for the next issue, otherwise what was essential could not have gone in, on account of the setting (for technical reasons) in bourgeois, instead of brevier.
And so, from Vasilyev—? And from Adler—nothing? You say nothing of Adler in your letter.
The journal is going forward: G. V. has sent in an article on Struve—6 articles have been sent in all.
All the best, and I heartily wish you speedy recovery from the influenza which is raging so everywhere this year.
P.S. I have just learned from Gurevich’s letter that you have received the article on Austria. That’s fine. Have you a really good translator? If not, send us the article, we shall translate it over here.
Thanks for your information. Of course it would be desirable to have details about the Riga comrade: what kind of work would and could he take on? How free and financially well off is he, etc.?
Please tell Skubiks that I got his letter, but did not reply because I was away—and now can only say that our man is already “there” and has an address, so that the matter I was corresponding with Skubiks about is settled.
With best wishes,
 Lenin travelled from Munich to Leipzig to put the finishing touches to the first issue of Iskra.
 A reference to Axelrod’s article, “The Results Achieved by International Social-Democrats”.
 A reference to G. V. Plekhanov’s article, “Criticism of Our Critics. Part One. Mr. Struve as Critic of Marx’s Theory of Social Development. Article One”, published in Zarya No. 1, April 1901.