V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written in the neighbourhood of Geneva
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XV. Sent to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 137.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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September 13, 1904

Dear Vladimir Dmitrievich,

I think you should not send any application, as we decided previously.[1]

Stick a leaflet on the pamphlet,[2] printing on it (1) an advertisement about your publishing agency (and on the back); (2) Boris’s statement on its prohibition (as already set); (3) the letter from Boris dated Sept. 12 (this one),[3] without the postscript; (4) a short additional remark, something to this effect:

Such is the policy of people who so magnificently carried on a war ‘of principle’ against formalism and bureaucracy! It would, however, be interesting to learn which clause of the Rules prohibits Party members from publishing Party literature?

“V. Bonch-Bruyevich”

Greetings to everybody. I shall be back on Thursday, the day after tomorrow.

N. Lenin

P.S. Inform Sergei Petrovich: (1) that on Thursday we shall evict him from his quarters and shall be spending the night there ourselves; (2) that Pan wrote about Samsonov four days ago. He should have been sent direct!


[1] At V. A. Noskov’s suggestion, V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich intended to apply to the Central Committee for the permission to organise a “V. Bonch-Bruyevich and N. Lenin Publishers of Social-Democratic Literature”.

[2] The pamphlet Our Misunderstandings by Galyorka and Ryadovoi.

[3] Lenin wrote his letter to V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich on the free space of V. A. Noskov’s letter of September 12, 1904, which he had received through Bonch-Bruyevich (see Lenin Miscellany XV, pp. 167–68).

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