V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written prior to November 9, 1915
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Berne to a local address. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 498b-499a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear G. L.,

Please send 500 copies of the pamphlet (indicating Absender and registered)[1] immediately and by the cheapest possible means to the following address:

Mr. L. Lore (for A. Kollontay)
German Language Federation Socialist Party
Spruce Street. 15. New York (N. Y.)
United States of America.

According to your calculation there are orders for 500+500=1,000 (I.S.D.[2] gratis or at 10 pfg.?)+1,500 Jugend =2,500+500 America==3,000.

It would be good to start on a 2nd edition while the type is set up, but we have no money. Couldn’t we induce the Jugend,[3] by giving them now 500 instead of 1,500, to arrange a deal themselves with the Berne printing shop for a 2nd edition? (How much will it cost? If not much and if we can be sure that the Jugend will not let us down, perhaps we could borrow the money and publish it ourselves?)

Will you please think this over well and arrange the whole business.

Best regards,
V. Ulyanov

P.S. Please hand the enclosed letter to that Lett (who took my address from you round about 5–8.IX and called on me in Sörenberg on 10 or 11.IX.1915). Very urgent. Please find him as quickly as possible and hand him the letter.

Do not spend a kopek more money. Don’t give it to any body.


[1] This refers to the pamphlet Socialism and War.—Ed.

[2] I.S.D.—Internationale Sozialisten Deutschlands.—Ed.

[3] Jugendverein—the Swiss Socialist Youth League.—Ed.

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