V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 22, 1913
Published: First published in 1923 in the book It epokhi “Zvezdy” i “Pravdy” (1911–14) , Part III. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 88-89.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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For Vetrov

Dear Colleague,

It is extremely sad that our correspondence is still not properly organised, that I still have no special address for you personally, that yon don’t reply to my questions for so long. (1) I wrote to you a very, very long time ago that Zvezda still had, in addition to the article “Debates in Britain on Liberal Labour Policy”, the articles “Two Utopias”[1] and a criticism of the boycott policy (against Amfiteatrov, I don’t remember the title[3]). I repeat what I asked: get hold of them and send them to me. I hope to make use of them. (2) At Pravda there are also a number of articles which have not been used there. I very much want, you to find them and make them into notes of a publicist signed, say, T.... The approximate arrangement would be: I. Reply to Mayevsky (in Luch, about liquidationism). (This subject is the more necessary because Dnevnitsky and Plekhanov, in No. 234 of Pravda, have struck false notes.) II. Bulgakov in Russkaya Mysl on the peasants (I don’t remember the title). III. On morality (two short articles). IV. “An Increasing Discrepancy” (on the February 1913 conference of the Cadets. We must react to this. Two short articles were sent to Pravda the day before yesterday; the remaning four are small, I am sending them today). The titles for these paragraphs should not be in large type (as was clone in the article “Results of the Elections”[2] in No. 1 of Prosveshcheniye) but in small point.

There are an awful lot of misprints in No. 1 of Prosveshcheniye.... I enclose the corrected proofs of the article “Debates in Britain on Liberal Labour Policy”. It should be printed. Have yon really not managed to get rid yet of Mikhalchi.... This is essential, I assure you, essential. I have seen a misprint on page 26 of Prosveshcheniye No. 1. A correction in print is absolutely necessary. I enclose the correction.

V. Il.


Many misprints occurred in the January number of Prosveshcheniye (1913, No. 1). We correct one which distorts the sense. On page 26, line 23 from the top, it reads: “25 per cent in the workers’ party”, but should read “52 per cent”.


[1] See present edition, Vol. 18, pp. 360–65, 355–59.—Ed.

[2] See present edition, Vol. 18, pp. 493–518.—Ed.

[3] Lenin’s article criticising boycottism, which he mentions in this letter, has not been found.

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