V. I.   Lenin



To Meshkovsky

Written: Written November 2, 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 134b-135a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

We have learned that our letter has reached you, the same letter was sent to Maria Petrovna’s address. Please ask her to acknowledge receipt. We are impatiently awaiting your reply, do not put it off too long, it is most important now to keep up a regular correspondence. I repeat the postal addresses. All letters and leaflets can be sent to these addresses. In our next letter we shall send you one more address. Iskra No. 75 reports that the Saratov Committee has declared for peace in the Party and “voiced support for the actions of the C.C.” Everybody wants peace in the Party, the only question being whether it is permissible for the C.C. to make a deal with the Minority on the basis of an understanding that the C.C. will work against the congress in every way. The decisions of the Council published in the supplement to Nos. 73–74 afford an idea of what this deal has led to. Iskra no longer prints resolutions of Majority committees or else gives them space in the supplement, which is not even put on sale (after No. 74 resolutions on the congress were received from the Caucasus: from the Caucasian Union Committee, and the Tiflis, Baku and Mingrelia-Imeretia committees), and there are also resolutions from the Odessa (37 signatures) and Moscow prisons. Iskra has started a column in favour of Party peace where resolutions against the congress are printed.

It is somehow unbelievable that the Saratov Committee should have come out against the congress and for the C.C. declaration. Please send as soon as possible all the resolutions of the Saratov Committee, and let us know what sort of an organ Svobodnoye Slovo is, the Minority says it is in possession of all the contacts. Please send us all the committee’s publications for recent months, or at least a list of them, and let us know how the work is going, how it has been organised, whether they have literature, and whether there are contacts with the peasants. Send us material for publication, make a special effort to get people in the periphery to write; after all there is plenty to write about.

Can you connect us with Astrakhan and the Urals?

All the best.

Written on Lenin’s instructions.


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