V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 30, 1912
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 294.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,

First of all hearty greetings to all friends, thanks for the telegram and heaps of best wishes! (Never mind the blot.) Salut, salut à vous.. Ah, I’d give a lot to hear Montégus now.

But I’ve gone off the “serious” key.

And there’s “business” to discuss.

(1) I am enclosing our reply to the German Vorstand.[1] Show it to a narrow circle+the Committee of the Organisations Abroad and return.

(2) A letter from Zaks for you. Read it, go into it, reply and return....

All the best,

Morozov is talking nonsense....[2] A young man without allegiances, at loose ends.

Ryazanov in Vienna snaps and sulks—found himself looking foolish after Plekhanov’s article in Pravda. (I wrote a long, heart-melting letter to Kiselyov. I don’t think anything will come of it.)

Lunacharsky writes in Kievskaya Mysl[3] about “scientific mysticism”. Get hold of it and give him a public fatherly trouncing.

Why don’t you write something for Prosveshcheniye?[4]


[1] Reply “To the Executive Committee of the German Social-Democratic Party” (see present edition, Vol. 18, p. 204).—Ed.

[2] Manuscript partly damaged. Here several words are illegible.—Ed.

[3] Kievskaya Mysl (Kiev Thought)—a bourgeois-democratic daily published from 1906 to 1918.

[4] Prosveshcheniye (Enlightenment)—a legal theoretical Bolshevik monthly published in St. Petersburg from December 1911 to June 1914. It was founded on Lenin’s initiative as a successor to the journal Mysl, which had been closed down. On the eve of the First World War, Prosveshcheniye was closed down by the tsarist government. Publication was resumed in the autumn of 1917, but only one double issue came out.

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