V. I.   Lenin



To:   I. E. HERMAN

Published: First published in 1935 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 5. Sent to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 371-372a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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2/I. 1914

Dear Comrade,

The brevity of your letter surprises us greatly.

Where (“farther”?) did the delegate go?[1]

To Hamburg? To Brussels? To Copenhagen?

Who is this delegate? A true Bolshevik? Or a liquidator? Or a vacillator? What did he tell? How many delegates are there altogether? How many delegates from Riga? From the villages? From Libau? From other towns?

Did you arrange to correspond with this delegate? This is the most important thing of all: he must write to you every day in the most precise and detailed manner. Did he give you any address?

Wire to us immediately you learn anything: address—Uljanow. 51. Lubomirskiego. Krakau.

Code words:
opening date of congress: day (month of January)+10 (i.e., if 11.I—then 21)
and so on.
or: “indefinite”
or: “postponed”
plus=Bolsheviks certainly preponderate
minus=liquidators ” ”
X =unknown.

Write after each meeting with delegates or after each letter. (Are most of the delegates travelling by sea?)

Today we received a letter from Brussels (dated 29/XII) saying that we are invited to the congress due to be held in 10–12 days; place and time, it said, will be communicated later.

And that is all!! Very little!

So write and wire!


If the delegate is in Brussels and if you can write to him absolutely confidentially, give him the address: Jean Popoff. Rue du Beffroi. 2. A. Bruxelles.

This is our representative, through whom you can find out everything and with whom you can talk. Absolutely trustworthy.

If Tyszka (“Executive” of the Polish S. D.) is invited, then the “opposition”=Warsaw and Lodz committees should be invited too. Write to Karlson about this.

Write to Karlson in Brussels (if he is our man) that he should notify both Popov and us by both telegram and letter.


[1] This refers to the journey of a delegate to the Fourth Congress of the Social-Democrats of the Lettish Region which was held in Brussels from January 13 to 26 (January 26 to February 8), 1914. The name of the delegate has not been established.

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