First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI.
Sent from London to Berne.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 43, pages 84c-85a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. I.,
I greatly regret that I just cannot comply with your request and come to Berne. My health is very bad, and I really do not know whether I shall be able to deliver the lecture in Paris properly; did not manage to prepare it, almost complete Arbeitsunfähigkeit, nerves no good at all. If I could, I would get out of going to Paris too, but it would be a shame to let them down. If I don’t disgrace myself in Paris and if I rest a little afterwards, I shall do my best to come over without fail (perhaps in the autumn), but now I simply cannot do it.
With best regards and many thanks for letting us hear from you.
P.S. My wife would like to know whether the letter for L. Gr., and also her letter concerning the money (with the request that the money be returned or transferred to Richter), have been received.
 On June 27, 1902, Lenin delivered a lecture criticising the Socialist-Revolutionaries at a meeting of Russian political emigrants in Paris.