V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1968 in French in Cahiers du Monde Russe et Soviétique No 1–2. First published in Russian in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Cracow to Brussels. Printed from the original. Translated from the French.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 393b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Huysmans,

I received at last Popov’s explanation and his statement that the report had at last been sent. As you are “merely the secretary (and a good fellow)” and not a “grandissime seigneur”, I can say that had the letter you sent to Popov on March 10, 1914 been sent a week or two earlier, this incident would never have occurred.

On receiving your witty and friendly letter,[1] however, I have no wish to raise any question and am particularly pleased to consider the incident definitely closed.

Yours, V.L.


[1] In his letter of March 10 (N.S.), 1914, Huysmans asked I. F. Popov to deliver Lenin’s report to the International Socialist Bureau as soon as possible.

The same day Huysmans wrote to Lenin apologising for the ironical tone of his previous letter written in an unofficial capacity.

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