V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after February 11, 1914
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Cracow to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 385a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

Your silence surprises and depresses me extremely. We cannot work without Vorwärts.

I have been receiving Vorwärts free of charge for the last 3--4 years, right up to February 1914. Suddenly ... it has stopped!!

What’s the matter? I am not writing myself as I am afraid (if this is an intrigue of the liquidators) to get a rude reply.

But maybe it is simply an oversight?

Will you please go to the forwarding office (on no account to the editorial office) and find out what it’s all about and let me know immediately.[1] Nadya wrote to you about this some time ago, but there has been no reply. What is the matter? Are you ill? Please respond!

Yours, Lenin

I am enclosing a printed address for Vorwärts.

N.B. |||
I repeat, I have been receiving it for 3–4 years for Sotsial-Demokrat, Rabochaya Gazeta, Pravda in St. Petersburg, etc.


[1] Lenin received Vorwärts in exchange for Bolshevik publications. V. M. Kasparov answered Lenin on March 4 (N.S.), 1914, that he had called at the Vorwärts Forwarding Office where he had been told that literature was being sent to Lenin regularly, and if he did not receive it, that meant it was being confiscated.

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