V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written at the end of November and the beginning of December 1907
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Finland to St. Petersburg. Printed from a copy written by N. K. Krupskaya.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 156.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

According to our agreement, the material for Vol. II should have been delivered by Oct. 1, and for Vol. III, by Oct. 10.[1] The first volume has been delayed. I have already handed in 12 sheets for Volume II, another 7 are ready, and I can hand in the remainder (about 5 or 7) very soon. But I should like to know whether you really require all this material so quickly. Will you be setting it at once? Have you already sent the 12 sheets of Volume II for setting? Will publication be delayed if I send you the end of Volume II later? If it will, I can let you have the end of Volume II immediately, if you want it. But I have a plan to write, for the end of Volume II, a large work about the distribution of land in Russia (using the new statistical data of 1905) and about municipalisation (taking into account Volume IV of Capital, or Theorien über den Mehrwert, which also appeared in 1905). I think it would be of great interest for the public, and would be very timely. I have already collected nearly all the material for the work and processed part of it. I need a few weeks to finish it; I hope to be able to write the work in a few weeks.

Please, let me know, therefore, whether you want Vol. II to be delivered immediately without this new article, or to have it handed in with the new article in about a month or six weeks.


[1] In 1907, M. S. Kedrov’s Zerno Book Publishers in St.  Petersburg started publication of a three-volume collection of Lenin’s works under the title “Twelve Years”. However, they managed to issue only the first volume and a part of the second, because of intensified harassment and strict censorship under Stolypin.

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