V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written not earlier than May 26, 1904
Published: First published in 1930. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, pages 238-239.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Dear friend,

You will, of course, grasp the gist of the matter from our agreement with Nil. [2]For heaven’s sake, don’t be in a hurry to make decisions and don’t despair. Be sure first to read, my pamphlet= [1] and the Council minutes. Do not let your temporary withdrawal from affairs worry you; better abstain from some of the voting, but do not with draw altogether. Believe me, you will still be very, very much needed and all your friends are counting on your early “resurrection”. Many people in the Party are still in a state of bewilderment and confusion, at a loss to grasp the new situation and faint-heartedly losing confidence in themselves and in the right cause. On the other hand, it is becoming more and more evident to us here that we are gaining from delays, that the squabbling is dying out of itself and the essential issue, that of principles, is irrevocably coming into the forefront. And in this respect the new Iskra is pitiably feeble. Don’t believe the stupid tales that we are out for a split, arm yourself with a certain amount of patience and you will soon see that our campaign is a splendid one and that we shall win by the force of conviction. Be sure you reply to me. It would be best if you could wangle things so as to come out here for a week or so—not on business, but just for a holiday, and to meet me somewhere in the mountains. I assure you that you will still be very much needed, and although Konyaga   mistakenly dissuaded you from one plan of yours—a thing put off is not a thing lost! Gird up your loins, we are still full of fight.



[1] One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (see present edition, Vol. 7).—Ed.

[2] This refers to Lenin’s agreement with Noskov, who had arrived in the capacity of the C.C.’s representative abroad and its second member on the Party Council to replace Lengnik, who had returned to Russia; the agreement covered joint action by Noskov and Lenin abroad on behalf of the C. C. and was signed on May 13 (26) in the presence of a third member of the C.C., M. M. Essen, who was abroad at the time.

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