V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 47. Sent from Paris to Davos. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 208b-209a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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[Dear Friend, ][1]

5/V. 09

Marat arrived yesterday (wholly with the opposition), and also Vlasov (with us). Vlasov promised to go to you in a few days. So, stay where you are and on no account move, otherwise you may miss him. Vlasov shares your sentiments: is with us in principle, but chides us for being hasty, for Pokrovsky’s victory, etc. So you need not be afraid: from now on Vlasov will be in charge, and we shan’t commit a single misdemeanour.

Vlasov reproaches us with being unable to get along with people (here he is right). So here too you have nothing to fear. From now on Vlasov will smooth everything out nicely.

Meshkovsky and the regional delegates are coming. So we shall get everything done. [So] do not worry, see to   your health seriously. Under no circumstances must you leave the sanatorium.

If you are not completely recovered in three weeks’ time (or thereabouts, for one cannot tell exactly as yet) it will be a disaster for us. Do not stint a few hundred francs—it’s absurd. Attend to your health do a lot of walking, sleeping, eating [this is obligatory], for the [Party] needs healthy property.

The Paris group met today. The Geneva group announced its break with the B.C. and urged the Paris one to follow suit. Marat spoke for Geneva, and Vlasov opposed him. This is good: Geneva started the split and Marat incited the group against the B.C. without the B.C.’s knowledge, without raising the question in it.

They start things themselves, and get themselves into a mess.

All [the best]. See to your health, and don’t worry!



[1] Manuscript partly damaged. Words in square brackets have been inserted as context suggests.—Ed.

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