V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written April 18, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 533b-534a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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(1) Vorbote obviously will not come out before the conference. It is necessary immediately to order as many printed copies of our theses as possible. And quickly too.

(2) Have you made the insertions in German?

(3) I don’t know what material I have to collect. You should collect it and write to me what is missing. Otherwise nothing will come of it.

(4) Send me the proofs of the protest against Martov.

(5) I know nothing about the Scandinavians.[1] Two letters have been sent to Kollontai. There is little hope after the events in Stockholm.

(6) My personal finances are not altogether hopeless: whence these “false rumours”???

(7) Did you receive the parcel?

(8) Will you send the German theses (the corrected copy) which I have sent you?

(9) I cannot come on Friday. I have a lot of work to do and I am very late with it.

Since Radek has no theses and there are no hopes of coming to an agreement with him (on the question of annexations and the right to self-determination), the “bureau” for the time being is useless. It will be useful in the evening on the 2nd day of the conference, when the composition will have become clear.

(10) Can’t you give me a more exact address besides the name of the village you have given me?[2]

The collection of material for the war with Martov is very important.

Attend to this carefully and in good time, otherwise we shall be late in finding the missing material.

Salut, Lenin


[1] Apparently this refers to the delegates of the Left Social-Democratic parties of the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Nor way) to the Second International Socialist Conference.

[2] Meaning the exact address of the place where the Second Inter national Socialist Conference was to be held.

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