V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written December 17, 1912
Published: First published in 1960 in Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 2. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from a typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 320.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friends,

We are distressed not so much by the defeat over No. 16 as by the inexcusable silence of friends (of the six or at least the five) on the matter, and the light-hearted attitude to things. For this means killing the cause, ruining everything. There is no declaration yet from the five or the six, because they have not yet broken away from the grip of dishonest people. (No. 3 says himself: it smacks of a criminal act!) Remember, for heaven’s sake, that we shall all be responsible if this terrible assumption proves correct. But the cheque must, at all costs, be made out in the name of No. 3 or No. 5, the funds placed in charge of our own man[2] at once, or No. 5 should take over control.[3] A subscription campaign should be launched immediately everywhere and letters from the co-operators printed every day about this.

We still have no Duma materials, neither statistical reports (1), nor (2) the Duma bulletins, nor (3) the Cadet interpellation, (4) nor Kokovtsov’s memorandum, (5) nor the Cadet or any other bills. Please exert every effort to obtain this before the Duma adjourns and send it to us as soon as possible.

Reply if only in a few words, but without delay.


[1] This letter was addressed to N. I. Podvoisky.—Ed.

[2] There is an omission in the typewritten copy after this word and a note: “Words illegible.”—Ed.

[3] [DUPLICATE "**"]. There is an omission in the typewritten copy after this word and a note: “Words illegible.”—Ed.

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