V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 11. Sent from Geneva to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 380-381.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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February 17, 1908

Dear Manyasha,

Please send me the following books:

1. Minuvshiye Gody No. 1 (January, price 85 kopeks) containing letters from Marx to Mikhailovsky and from Mikhailovsky to Lavrov.

2.Materialy k istorii russkoi kontrrevolyutsii, Vol. 1. Price 2 rubles 50 kopeks.

3. Nashi deputaty[1] (Third Convocation). 50 kopeks “(Osnova”—bookshop ?).

4. Lokot. Byudzhetnaya i podatnaya politika Rossii. 1 ruble.

5. Almazov. Nasha Revolyutsiya (1902-7). 1 ruble 50 kopeks (work)—I do not know whether this last-named book is any use as I have no information about it. All the same, I must take a look at it!

6. Ocherk zabastovochnogo dvizheniya rabochikh Bakinskogo neftepromyshlennogo raiona za 1903-6 gg. Baku. 1907. Price 1 ruble 50 kopeks.

I have not received any Duma minutes of sittings later than the twentieth. I must have them together with the Bills! The newspaper Stolichnaya Pochta, for instance, recently reported the publication of a programme of “a group of moderate peasants ”. Please get it for me! It would not be bad to get hold of programmes, announcements and leaflets   of the Octobrists, the Rights, the Cossack group, etc., if you have any Duma contacts. All these “bits of paper” probably lie about on the floor of the Duma and nobody picks them up.

I wrote to you a few days ago about translations (of Kautsky); did you get that letter?[2] Did you get the manuscript of the second part of my Volume Two[3] (sent from here on February 5, 1908 N.S. by a roundabout route)?

I shall write to Mother about money.

V. Ulyanov

If you have an opportunity, please pass on the enclosed sheet to Meshkovsky. I should like to get a direct address for correspondence from him and from Lindov. Tell them that. What was the outcome of Lindov’s “squabble” with Bonch[4] and the conflict at the publisher’s on the same grounds?


[1] If there is an edition containing portraits the best thing would be to buy that.—Lenin

[2] See Letters Nos. 160 and 161.—Ed.

[3] The manuscript referred to was that of Lenin’s “The Agrarian Programme of Social-Democracy in the First Russian Revolution, 1905–1907” written in November and December 1907 (see Collected Works, Vol. 13, pp. 217–431). It was to have been included in the second part of Volume 2 of the Lenin collection Twelve Years but was confiscated by the police and destroyed before leaving the printers’. Only one copy was saved and several of the end pages of this were missing. The book was published in part in the newspaper Proletary No. 33 of July 23 (August 5), 1908. It was first published in full in 1917.

[4] In the first edition of Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-criticism. Critical Comments on a Reactionary Philosophy the word “fideism” was used instead of popovshchina, a derogatory Russian term for “clericalism”, although “popovshchina” remained unchanged in a number of places. Lenin also suggested changing the word to “Shamanism”; his sister Anna, in a letter dated January 27, 1909, replied by saying, “’Shamanism’ has come too late. Anyway, is it any better?” The explanatory note was given in the Preface to the first and subsequent editions (see Collected Works, Vol. 14, p. 19).

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