V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in July, after 26th, 1916
Published: First published in 1984 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Plums to Hertenstein. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 553b-554a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending you Engels’s article.[3] There is no need to return it for the time being.

I am sending an article on the Junius pamphlet.[1] I am finishing the self-determination article.[2]

Could you write something for the collection about the meeting of the German and Austrian social-chauvinists? (the minutes that you sent me).

I think a short report is needed.

Why don’t you write:

1) About Bukharin (and about your letter to him)?

2) Ditto about Varin.

3) Did you send Pod Starym Znamenem to Usiyevich? (Send me a list of the articles for our collection.)

4) About Voprosy Strakhovaniya.

5) About the Volna collections. Should I write (and what?) or wait?

Have you got Berner Tagwacht? I haven’t. Could you send me cuttings (Grimm’s resignation and so on and so forth)?[4]

Yours, Lenin

P.S. Ought we not commission Safarov to write some thing for Sbornik?

P.P.S How feeble Guilbeaux is in the latest issue of Demain![5] Have you seen it?


[1] See present edition, Vol.  22, pp. 305–19.—Ed.

[2] Ibid., pp. 320–60.—Ed.

[3] This refers to a series of articles by F. Engels, “What Have the Working Classes To Do with Poland?” (“Was hat die Arbeiter klasse mit Polen zu tun?”) (Marx/Engels, Werke, Bd. 16, Dietz Verlag, Berlin, 1962, S. 153–63).

[4] This refers to Grimm’s statement published in Berner Tagwacht No. 173 for July 26, 1916, in which he criticised Platten’s resolution adopted at a party meeting in Zurich on July 24, 1916, following a discussion of the activities of the Social-Democratic parliamentary group. The resolution condemned the reformist activities both of the Right-wing parliamentary group and of the Centre, beaded by Grimm, and contained criticism of the measures being taken by the Bundesrat, which might lead to an infraction of Swiss neutrality. Grimm did not attend the meeting. On reading the resolution he declared his disagreement with its various points and his intention of “laying down his mandate to the party”. Grimm asked for his statement to be discussed so that he could hand in his resignation at the next union meeting.

[5] The July (seventh) issue of the journal Demain carried an article by Guilbeaux “Guerre à la guerre”.

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