First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII.
Sent to St. Petersburg.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 276.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Cracow, March 24, 1914
Dear V. B.,
Since I do not in the main agree with the programme of your journal as you have set it forth, I must decline to be a contributor.
Wl. Uljanow. 51. Ulica Lubomirskiego. Kraków.
 Lenin’s letter was in reply to one from V. B. Stankevich, a member of the editorial board of Sovremennik (Contemporary), March 9 (22), 1914, in which he stated that the magazine would “in principle be an inter-factional organ ... we shall maintain the need for the full organisational unity of all socialist trends” = and asked Lenin for permission to include his name among the contributors. For Lenin’s attitude to the Sovremennik group, see his article “Workers’ Unity and Intellectualist ‘Trends’” (present edition, Vol. 20, pp. 294–97).