V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 26, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Sörenberg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 585b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

About the book by Delaisi, I regret to say that I haven’t got it. I must have left it in Berne, or else somebody has “appropriated” it.

About your letter to the women, you have taken offence at my remarks, haven’t you? And even stretched their meaning just a wee bit?

I wrote that I would advise deleting the passage which says “we wish to take into our hands” as it would look absurd. If you do not agree to deleting it, then I advise sending it only to closest and most reliable friends in Germany, for example, through Radek.

Should you agree to alter the unguarded expressions (the letter, in view of the present postal systems, arrests in Germany and France, etc., may get into other hands), then my advice simply falls away. That was what my advice amounted to. That, and nothing more. Not the slightest “displeasure” at your letter, none whatever.

You asked my opinion; I gave it to you and merely suggested only slight alterations.

All the best,


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