V. I.   Lenin


Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Geneva to London. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, pages 162-163.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
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July 8, 1908

Dear Comrade,

As regards the creditor, I have decided to postpone the letter until a plenary meeting of the Central Committee, which is to take place in the very near future.[1] I find it inconvenient to butt in with the meeting of the authorised Party collegium about to take place.

I shall be very glad to see you here. I can say little that is definite about the neighbourhood of Geneva: I have been ill all the time since my return from London, and am sitting at home, without seeing anyone who lives in the country. I know that in France, but quite close to Geneva, there are many good and hardly expensive places. For example, there is Mornex on the slopes of the Salève, which means that it is fairly high up. A friend of mine lived there in 1904, and I believe one can stay there on one’s own quite cheaply, and at slightly higher cost at the pensions, but for 4–4 1/2 francs for sure, because that is the usual price. One can also find a place a little farther away from Geneva (Mornex is about 7 versts away, I should think, and there is an electric tram up to Salève)—within 10 versts and more, on the slopes of the Jura, but I don’t know what the place is like over there. I will try and find out something more definite, and will write to you directly I discover anything.

Every good wish,

VI. Oulianoff. 61, III. Rue des Maraîchers. 61. Genève. This is a new address. It’s not far from the École de médecine.


[1] During the Fifth (London) Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. (April 30–May 19 [May 13–June 1 ], 1907), in view of the Party’s financial difficulties, a loan was obtained, with Gorky’s help, from an Englishman, with an obligation of repayment by January 1, 1908. It was repaid by the Bolshevik Party in 1922.

C.C. Meeting—a Plenary Meeting of the C.C. of the R.S.D.L.P., held in Geneva on August 11–13 (24–26), 1908. With regard to the London debt, the Plenary Meeting decided to form a commission, consisting of Bolsheviks, Mensheviks and Bundists, instructing it to write to the Englishman and tell him of the difficulties in repaying the debt (see KPSS v resolyutsiyakh..., Part One, 1954, p. 188).

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