First published on August 18, 1946 in the Journal British Ally No. 33.
Sent to London.
Printed from the original in English.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 144.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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March 23, 1905
Thank you very much for your donation. I have received a cheque for £80 (francs 2,008) and directed £60 (frs 1,506) according to your prescriptions in St. Petersburg to our St. Petersburg Committee of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party. I have received also the second cheque for £90 (the sum not yet received here in francs). £50 will be also sent to aid the widows and orphans of the St. Petersburg (labourers) working men, killed on 9 (22) January. With kind regards.
Yours very sincerely,
(Editor of the Vperiod)
Vl. Oulianoff, Editor of the “Vperiod”,
3. Rue de la Colline. 3. Genève.
 Lenin’s letter to the secretary of the Labour Representation Committee in Britain was written in the following circumstances. In 1904, in connection with the strikes in Russia, Russian Social-Democratic organisations in London set up a committee in aid of the Russian strikers, which sent out an appeal for aid to British trade unions. It was also decided to appeal to the Labour Representation Committee, of which James Ramsay MacDonald was secretary. The negotiations with the Committee were assigned to K. M. Takhtarev and N. A. Alexeyev (who were members of the Russian Social-Democratic organisation in London before its split). The Labour Representation Committee responded to the appeal, stipulating that a part of the money should go in aid of the widows and orphans of the numerous victims of the fusillade of January 9 (22), 1905.