V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Munich to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 75b-76a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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17/XII. 01

Dear L. I.,

Received three letters from you and am replying to them all. I definitely cannot come[2]: the whole paper now rests on me and the administrative end has been complicated by transport hitches and mix-ups in Russia, and my pamphlet is pressing on me.[1] I am devilishly late! And I am altogether unprepared; I even asked Berg to write the item for Iskra No. 13, for I have read nothing on the history of our revolutionary movement for a very long time. I think you are mistaken in assuming that you will not do because of public sentiment. The Plekhanov anniversary is so specific a celebration that it most likely will be attended only by people of very definite trend and sentiment.

Address for letters to Tsvetov (Blumenfeld):

Herrn Dittrich Buchbinder.
Schwanthalerstraße 44.

I give you this address because if you write through me your letters to him may be delayed for two whole days. He lives at the other end of town and we see each other rarely.

The “strange” letter with the inquiry concerning Mrs. D. should have been sent not to Blumenfeld but to the address enclosed in the same letter.

Best regards,


[1] A reference to What Is To Be Done? (see present edition, Vol. 5, pp. 347–529).—Ed.

[2] Lenin had been invited to speak in Berne on the occasion of 25th anniversary of G. V. Plekhanov’s speech on Kazan Square in St. Petersburg on December 6, 1876.

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