V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on June 1 or 2, 1905
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVI. Sent from Geneva to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 148.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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My dear Kiska,

I have just sent you a telegram. To be on the safe side, I will explain what it is about. I have been summoned to Paris on business. I want on no account to waste my time in travelling merely for this reason, but to give a lecture. The subject: “The Third Congress and Its Decisions”. The contents: a parallel analysis of our decisions and those of the Mensheviks. They have just issued an announcement about their conference, and I will analyse it. I can speak only on Tuesday (I will be arriving on Monday, but my evening will be taken up) and must finish in one day. If you can, hire the biggest hall (where I spoke against Strove— Filatov and the others will know) and inform the maximum number of people. If you have not yet telegraphed a clear reply, do so tomorrow, so that I should know exactly whether a hall has been hired. Perhaps you will even have time to write to me by express (so that I should get it not later than Sunday morning), but if you have something important to report, be sure to cable.

I am giving the same lecture here today.

All the best,

Tournez s’il vous plaît![1]

If by any chance it turned out that I couldn’t deliver the lecture, I might not come at all. Therefore be sure to reply.[2]


[1] P.T.O.—Ed.

[2] Lenin went to Paris where, on May 24 (June 6), 1905, he gave a lecture on the Party’s Third Congress and its decisions.

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