V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 29, 1904
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XV. Sent from Geneva. Printed from the original in Krupskaya’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 141b-142a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Baku, 29/X1.

Dear Friends,

We are complying with your request, and are sending a trial consignment of half a pood of our own literature for the time being, so as not to have to buy any. If the trial proves successful we shall send you what you ask for. In addition, we have arranged to send parcels to the address given by Raisa.[2] We were very glad to hear about Lenochka. Why does she not write? The others are none too punctual either. Did you receive our letter of November 10?[3]

It is increasingly clear that the Council will not allow the congress to be held on any account. Plekhanov says so quite openly: no congress! At best the Central Organ throws the committees’ resolutions into the waste-paper basket or returns them with gross abuse, as was done in the case of the Nikolayev Committee, which sent in a resolution in favour of the congress, but not in the form prescribed by the Council, for which the authors of the resolution were branded as frauds, impostors, forgers of resolutions.... To compel the Council to call the congress, the Majority must organise properly, as Lenin wrote in his last letter. Did you get the Iskra letter to Party members about the Zemstvo campaign? (See letter to the Mingrelia-Imeretia Committee.)[4]

Well, that’s all for now. Send material for publication. The Majority is thinking of publishing its own organ. The hypocritical behaviour of the Party institutions is impelling it more and more to take this step.

We have received a letter from the Caucasian Union Committee (through the Editorial Board of the Central Organ), and shall reply shortly.


P.S. What is happening in Batum? What is the mood there?


[1] Written by Krupskaya on Lenin’s instructions.—Ed.

[2] Identity not established.—Ed.

[3] See present edition, Vol. 34, pp. 264–65.—Ed.

[4] See this volume, Document 97.—Ed.

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