V. I.   Lenin



From Lenin to Nina Lvovna, private

Published: First published in 1926. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 282.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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December 24, 1904

Dear Beastie,

I have long been intending to write to you, but have been hard pressed for time. We are now all in high spirits and terribly busy; yesterday the announcement concerning publication of our newspaper Vperyod came out. The entire Majority rejoices and is heartened as never before. At last we have stopped this sordid squabbling and shall get down to real team-work with those who want to work and not to make rows! A good group of writers has formed, we have fresh forces. Money is scarce, but we should be getting some soon. The Central Committee, by betraying us, has lost all credit; it has co-opted (in an underhand way) the Mensheviks and is raising a hue and cry against the congress. The Majority committees are uniting, they have already elected a Bureau and now the organ will cement this unity. Hurrah! Cheer up, we’re all coming to life again. Sooner or later, one way or another we certainly hope to see you too. Drop me a line how you are getting on, and, above all, keep cheerful; remember, you and I are not so old yet—we have everything before us.

Affectionately yours,


[1] Essen, Maria Moiseyevna (1872–1956)—a Social-Democrat. Joined the revolutionary movement in the early nineties. After the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. a Bolshevik; was co-opted on to the Central Committee at the end of 1903. In 1906 a member of the Moscow Committee. During the period of reaction (1907–10) retired from active political life.

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