V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in April, prior to 19th, 1912
Published: First published in 1963 in French in Cahiers du Monde Russe et Soviétique No. 1–2. First published in Russian in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Paris to Brussels. Printed from a typewritten copy. Translated from the French.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 286.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Citizen Huysmans,

I fully agree with you, and, like yourself, believe that the Bureau cannot act as a go-between in polemics. I also believe that the best and only way to prevent this is to circulate only those documents which you receive from the highest bodies of the parties represented in the Bureau and which concern these parties. I was bound to inform you of the decisions of our Party conference which reconstituted the Central Committee, which our Party did not have at the moment, and I would not of course have protested against the passing on of information emanating from an other Central Committee of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party, but I considered it my duty to protest against the circulation of polemics between groups abroad.

You also ask what I think of your draft appeal urging the convocation of a joint conference. In my view this would not be advisable at the moment, and since I do not pretend to be impartial, I take the liberty to cite the opinion of the Poles (see Vorwärts). The Poles refused to take part in our conference, but they also refused to participate in the conference the Bund wants to call, declaring that it would be a conference of liquidators. It is better to wait; let us see whether the liquidators’ conference will take place and what it will do.

I shall send you shortly some rather interesting documents which will give you a better idea of the state of affairs in the Russian S.D.L.P.

N. Lenin


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