V. I.   Lenin




Published: First published in 1930. Sent to the Isle of Capri (Italy). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 369.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Wednesday, August 14, 1907

Dear Alexei Maximovich,

We arrived here today with Meshkovsky and tomorrow we are going to Stuttgart.[1] It is very, very important that you, too, should be there.[2] For one thing, you were appointed officially by the C.C. (with a consultative voice). Secondly, it would be very good to see you, as it may be a long time before we meet. Thirdly, it is only a matter of a day’s journey from where you are and it will last not more than a week (it is not London!). It will not be at all late if you leave on Sunday or even Monday.

In short, everything is in favour of your coming. I wish you would, health permitting. Don’t miss this opportunity of seeing the international socialists at work—it is something quite, quite different from a general acquaintance and mere chatting. The next congress will not be held for another three years. Besides, we shall never be able to discuss all our business by mail unless we meet. In short, come without fail. Au revoir!

My best regards to Maria Fyodorovna.[3]

N. Lenin


[1] Lenin and Meshkovsky (I. P. Goldenberg) were delegates to the International Socialist Congress in Stuttgart (August 18–24, 1907). This letter was apparently written in Berlin.

[2] Gorky did not attend the Stuttgart Congress.

[3] Maria Fyodorovna Andreyeva, the well-known Russian actress and public figure, was the wife and assistant of A. M. Gorky.

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