V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written December 20, 1904
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 46. Sent from Geneva. Printed from a copy in Krupskaya’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 147b-148a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2005). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.README


Dear Comrades,

Your letter received. Nadson’s poem The Songs of Mephistopheles.[1] We have sent only two letters direct to you, yet you acknowledge receipt of three.... Why don’t you reply as regards the Zemstvo campaign and write anything about local affairs? The conciliators claim the Tver Committee tends to side with them, and cite as proof your contribution printed in Iskra No. 79 and signed “Tver Committee”. We sent you a letter through a comrade announcing the publication of the new Majority paper Vperyod. In it we   explain in detail what compelled us to start the paper, what its tasks are, and so on. Let us know whether you have received this detailed letter and what you think of it. For God’s sake write us about the state of affairs, about local work. We know nothing about work in Tver at present, whether you have literature and technical facilities, whether leaflets are published and what kind, how extensive the committee’s contacts are, how the Zemstvo campaign is being conducted, and so on and so forth. Repeat about 1) Rogova, 2) Bolshak, 3) Dedushka. —



[1] Key for deciphering the letter.—Ed.

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