V. I.   Lenin



Reply to Comrade Martov

Written: Written August 10, 1904 in the Swiss mountains
Published: First published in 1930. Sent to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 244.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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I received your undated letter while travelling, and without having the Council minutes at hand. At all events I consider it in principle absolutely impermissible and unlawful that outside a Council meeting members of the Council should give their votes or make arrangements on any matters that come within the competence of the Council. I cannot therefore comply with your request about voting for candidates. If I am not mistaken, the Council decided that all Council members should represent our Party at the congress.[1] Consequently, the question has been settled. If any Council member is unable to go, then, in my opinion, he can appoint someone else in his place; I do not know, of course, whether it is customary for international congresses to permit such substitution, but I do not know of any obstacle to it in our Party Rules or in the Party’s usual regulations. Personally I am also unable to go and would like as a substitute for myself Comrade Lyadov, who has plenipotentiary powers from the C.C., and Comrade Sergei Petrovich, member of the Moscow Committee.

With Social-Democratic greetings.

N. Lenin, Council member

P.S. Re the communication to the C.C., I shall write to the Geneva agents, who are in charge of all matters during my absence.


[1] This refers to the Party Council’s decision of May 31 (June 13), 1904, concerning representation at the forthcoming Amsterdam Congress of the Second International.

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