First published in 1924 in the magazine Krasnaya Letopis No. 1.
Sent from Geneva to Odessa.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 140.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To Baron from Lenin
November 4, 1904
The many reports I have had about you oblige me to beg you to leave your work temporarily and come here for a month. I understand perfectly how carried away you are by your work, and how hard it is for you to tear yourself away from it, but, after all, we must think of deploying our forces from the standpoint of the general plan of the campaign. We need experienced workers, and you must find some young people to substitute for you temporarily, and come over here without fail to settle some common problems, to tell us about all your conclusions from your journeys, and to confer about the new steps we are taking. This is quite necessary, otherwise we shall be left without reserves in any serious contingency in the future. Please reply to me personally as soon as possible, and I entreat you not to postpone your journey even for as long as a week. You’ve been intending to come for a long time, but keep putting it off. It may end badly: I’ve seen it happen before. My best wishes, and hope to see you soon.