V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on October 6, 1915
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Berne to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 359.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I received the proofs today (the last ones, I think), and we are sending them off this very day. The instruction on the order of the articles has already been sent, so that I hope the double issue (price 20 centimes) will soon be out. Let me know when exactly.

I am sending this express for the following urgent reason: very important (and favourable) news has been received from Russia. We want to publish another (two-page) issue of the C.O. right away, to appear really at once. If, contrary to all expectations, it is possible to guarantee this time that Kuzma and Kuzmikha will honour their promise (i.e., will set about it at once, and bring it out without the least delay), telegraph: “garanti”. If not (which is of course much more probable, because we know how unreliable Kuzma is in spite of your efforts), then telegraph (Seidenweg. 4a) “non”.[1]

I shall write tomorrow about the lecture.



[1] A reference to Sotsial-Demokrat No. 47, which was issued on October 13 (two days after the double issue, No. 45–46) and which dealt almost entirely with the state of Social-Democratic work in Petrograd and Moscow. It also carried Lenin’s “Several Theses Proposed by the Editors”, dealing with topical issues of Social-Democratic work in Russia (see present edition, Vol. 21, pp. 401–04).

The gist of Karpinsky’s reply is not known but it appears to be negative, because Sotsial-Demokrat No. 47 was not printed by Kuzma, but by Benteli in Bumplitz.

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