V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written at the beginning of October 1912
Published: First published in Bakinsky Rabochy No. 17, January 21, 1927. Sent to Capri. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 58.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear A. M.,

How is your health? Last time the news you sent me was not good—temperature rising, etc. Are you quite well again? Write a couple of words: I shall be very grateful.

Still nothing from you in Pravda. A pity. You ought to support the paper.

We are now “up to the ears” in the elections. Absenteeism is damnably great. In the worker curia likewise. But still everywhere Social-Democrats have been elected. Very much depends on the outcome of the elections for the building up of the Party.[1]

Have you heard anything about the liquidators’ conference?

In what journal will you be printed? What’s happening about Znaniye?

All the best, and I wish you a speedy and sound recovery.

Regards to M. F.


P.S. My address is not Paris, but Cracow, Ulica Lubomirskiego. 47. Krakau.

P.S. Have you seen Luch[2]? Have you heard what^sort of an undertaking Dyen[3] is? There are rumours that it is the organ of Witte[4]....


[1] Lenin refers to the elections to the Fourth State Duma, which ended on November 7 (20), 1912.

[2] Luch (Bay)—legal daily newspaper put out by Menshevik liquidators in St. Petersburg from September 1912 to July 1913. In all 237 issues appeared. The newspaper existed mainly on the liberals’ donations. Its policy was controlled by P. B. Axelrod, F. I. Dan, L. Martov and A. S. Martynov.

[3] Dyen, (The Day)—liberal-bourgeois daily paper, published in St. Petersburg from 1912 until it was closed down on October 26 (November 8), 1917. Its contributors were Menshevik liquidators, who took over the paper completely after the February bourgeois-democratic revolution of 1917.

[4] Witte, S. Y. (1849–1915)—statesman of tsarist Russia, a convinced supporter of the autocracy, who sought to preserve the monarchy by means of small concessions and promises to the liberal   bourgeoisie and harsh repressive measures against the people. He was Prime Minister (1905–06).

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