V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written September 23, 1904
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XV. Sent from Geneva to Moscow. Printed from the original in Krupskaya’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 126b-127a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friends,

We were overjoyed to receive your letter, which emanates so much spirit that it has imbued us all with new energy.[2] You must carry out your plan by all means. It is an excellent plan and will have tremendous significance. It is also urgently necessary to write to the German. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you. Your advice as regards a publishing business has already been half-realised. The writers we have, and a mass of ready material. In general we are all in excellent spirits now, there are plenty of plans, Stank   too has buckled down to work, correspondence with Russia and abroad has livened up, and now, I hope, people will soon begin to grouping. The Minority is now flirting with the conciliators, the Central Organ is undertaking the publication of a popular paper, the Yuzhny Rabochy people have been given a big bite. Particulars about the publishing business of the Majority will be passed on to you by our common acquaintances, to whom we shall write about this in detail. Kol’s wife and child are well, they live in Yekaterinoslav. Repeat the names of people whom it is desirable to enlist in literary work. Brodyaga has arrived, the Minority is wooing him, he has not yet taken a definite stand. Josephine is here, physically she is very poorly. The forwarding office has been turned over to the C.C. Well, I suppose that’s all. We embrace you warmly, dear friends, wish you health and strength.

Stank & Co..


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

[2] Lenin is referring to a letter written by F. V. Lengnik on August 22, 1904, in Taganka prison in Moscow (see Lenin Miscellany XV, pp. 159–62).

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