V. I.   Lenin


Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from Munich to Berlin. Printed from a copy written by N. K. Krupskaya.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 86.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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June 17, 1901

We have received your letter asking us to send you 100 marks. Unfortunately, I cannot fulfil this request until I have received from you the “latest information” which you promised. I simply cannot take it on myself to decide to pay out this sum (both for formal reasons, because it depends on the board, and for the reasons I explained to you when we met), and I cannot get the hoard together at present because some people arc absent. I ask you once again not to be sparing of reports to us of the latest and most detailed facts, otherwise our relations will never settle down to normal. Information of the kind that “so far everything is satisfactory” may produce, if anything, a negative impression on our board, which decides such matters. I understand very well that the most energetic efforts often prove fruitless for reasons beyond our control, and that it would be stupid to blame you for any failures. But you, too, must understand that unless we have the most circumstantial and exact information of what those efforts were, what exactly was successful ( respective[1] unsuccessful), why precisely and what the state of affairs and the plans at the present moment are, we cannot take any further steps and impose on our principals further sacrifices, for which we bear the responsibility.


[1] Or.—Ed.

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