V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in the first half of September 1909
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent from Bombon to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 219a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Mark,

Being busy with an article yesterday I overlooked by mistake in Grigory’s draft (reply to the Capri group on behalf of the E.C.[1] ) the point about inviting a representative. This nonsense must absolutely be deleted; it is students that should be invited to Paris to study, not a representative. Some rabid otzovist, and even Lyadov or Alexinsky, might be elected representative, in which case we would find ourselves the dupes. No, there can be no question of inviting a representative.[3]

I still haven’t got Plekhanov’s Dnevnik. I earnestly ask you to arrange for the forwarding office to send it to me at once. Without it I cannot do an article I have been asked to write.[2]

All the best,
N. Lenin

We sent you a cheque yesterday by registered mail. I trust you have received it.


[1] Executive Commission of the Bolshevik Centre.—Ed.

[2] See “The Liquidators Exposed” (present edition, Vol. 16, pp. 15–22).—Ed.

[3] No mention of inviting a representative or students from the Capri school to Paris for talks was made in the reply from the editors of Proletary “To the Comrades Workers Who Have Arrived at the School at X”, published in the Supplement to Proletary No. 47–48, September 11 (24), 1909.

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