V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1930. Sent from Paris to San Remo (Italy). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 416.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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March 29, 1910

My dear comrade,

Fully sharing your idea, stated in Dnevnik No. 11, about the need for a close and sincere alignment of all genuinely Social-Democratic elements in the struggle against liquidationism and otzovism, I should very much like to have a talk with you personally about the present state of affairs in the Party. If you, too, find this useful and if your health permits, be so kind as to write me (or wire) a few words as to when you could meet me in San Remo. I am ready to make the journey for that purpose.[1]

With comradely greetings,
N. Lenin

Vl. Oulianoff, 4, Rue Marie Rose, Paris, XIV.


[1] In answer to this letter Plekhanov wrote on April 2, 1910: “I, too, think, that the only way of coping with the crisis our Party is now living through is by a close alignment among the Menshevik Marxists and the Bolshevik Marxists, and I believe that you and I should talk this over.” Plekhanov, however, wrote that this meeting should be held later. During the Copenhagen Congress of the Second International, at which Plekhanov and Lenin wrote to the Executive Committee of the Social-Democratic Party of Germany protesting against the publication in Vorwärts of an anonymous article by Trotsky, an agreement was reached between Lenin and Plekhanov for a joint struggle for the Party and the Party principle against liquidationism and the liquidators, and for Plekhanov’s contribution to Rabochaya Gazeta.

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