V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written May 24, 1903
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from Geneva to Samara. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 113.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Private from Lenin.

Dear Friend,

I am greatly distressed by your long silence. I can under stand very well why you have no desire to take up the pen, how difficult, if not impossible, it is to write about all sorts of petty matters, but you mustn’t forget after all that these (often absurd) petty matters beset us from other sources. You really must write a few lines, to give at least a general idea of your attitude, otherwise you put us too in an awkward position. We hear from all sides about discord in the O. C., about the quarrel with Yuri, the quarrel about Liza, and so on. Of course I listen very unwillingly to all this and shall never (as far as I am concerned) allow any action to be taken until I hear from you or see you, but how much pleasanter to have a line from you. For months there has been nothing! So, I shall await news, and as for myself, let me say this: it seems to me (I cannot be sure of course) that you have been carried away a little in the matter of Liza (an inefficient person that Liza, rushes about for no good reason in stead of attending to her business), that the charges against Yuri are exaggerated, that the most, the very most important thing is to hurry with the congress, to hurry by all possible means.

How is Kurz? I learned about his state of health recently and realised I had no grounds whatever for being dissatisfied with him (please convey this to him, if you can, but let me add that he too is to blame for his silence). How are you getting on with Jacques and Kostya? What nonsense Jacques preaches against the two centres! Can’t you prevail upon that by no means stupid but slow-thinking lad? How’s Medvezhonok? What advice did you give him? Very best regards.


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