V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in part in 1962 in the journal Kommunist No. 4. Published in full in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 47. Sent to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 191b-192a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Aug. 18. 08

Dear Sir, Mikhail Nikolayevich,

I take the liberty of applying to you as former editor of the History of Russia.[1] The secretary told me recently about the various plans concerning an article dealing with the history of factory industry. Although we fully agreed on everything I should like to have your opinion: is it all right for me to undertake it in view of Tugan-Baranovsky’s refusal?

Please write a few words in reply on receipt of this letter. Besides the subject mentioned here, there are a great many more which our common acquaintances would like to discuss with you. But I am not sure whether the address may be used or whether it is all right to correspond. I am waiting for detailed instructions on this score.

Best regards,
V. Ulyanov

VI. Oulianoff.
61. Rue des Maraîchers. 61.
Genève. Suisse.


[1] The publishers of the Granat Brothers’ Encyclopaedia were interested at the time in studies on Russian history. Lenin was invited to contribute in the autumn of 1907, when one of the editors of the Encyclopaedia, A. V. Trupchinsky, made a special trip to Finland to negotiate with him. Lenin agreed to write the essay “The Agrarian System in Russia Towards the Close of the Nineteenth Century”, which was published only in 1918 by the Zhizn i Znaniye Publishers under the title “The Agrarian Question in Russia Towards the Close of the Nineteenth Century”.

Trupchinsky also visited Lenin in Geneva, where he evidently asked him to write an article on the history of factory industry. The article was never written.

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