V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written after August 19, 1915
Published: First published in 1924 in Lenin Miscellany II. Sent from Sörenberg to Christiania. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 344.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear A. M.,

It turns out that it is not the Vorkonferenz but the conference itself that is to take place on Sept. 5. So there is no time to lose.

You should strain every effort to try and send Höglund here, or the most Leftist and most reliable Norwegian, so that they should be here for certain not later than Sept. 3. (They should telephone me from Berne at Sörenberg, Hotel Marienthal (Kanton Lüzern), telephone 1.11—(1.11)).

If it is absolutely impossible for any of them to come, let them at once (so that I should have it for certain on Sept. 2 or 3) send by registered letter either a transfer of credential to our C.C. (a, formal credential, in German or French)—or (if they are not agreeable to handing over their credential) their statement that they are in solidarity with the C.C. + their Prinzipienerklärung + (without fail) a letter to the conference authorising our C.C. to read it out ( respective[1] put it to the vote, if possible).

The crux of the struggle will be, whether to proclaim, in the Prinzipienerklärung, a ruthless struggle (up to and including a split) against opportunism = social-chauvinism. Secure the maximum possible clarity and firmness of formulation on this very point.

Write me a postcard at once whether you have received this letter, and whether you hope (or are sure?) that such-and-such will be done.

(Regards to Alexander!)



[1] Or.—Ed.

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