V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on April 2, 1917
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Zurich to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 314-315.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friends,

And so we are leaving through Germany on Wednesday.

Tomorrow this will be dually decided.

We shall send you a mass of packages containing our books, papers and I lungs, requesting yon to forward them in turn to Stockholm for transshipment to us in Petrograd.

We shall also send you money and credentials from the Central Committee authorising yon to carry on all correspondence and manage affairs.

We are thinking of publishing a leaflet, “Farewell Letter to the Swiss Workers”[1] in German, in French and in Italian.

Inessa will not have time to do the French translation: I hope you will do it and publish it (with Guilbeaux).

A comrade hero (who knows German and Italian), Julius Mimiola, has promised me ho will do the Italian translation and publish if.

(Krummgasse. 2.)

Zürich. 4.

I have given him your address. When you have the German pamphlet, send it to him (and a letter in German) and money for publication.

((Here is another address for you of a Left-wing German here, who published leaflet No. 1 of the Zimmerwald Left, and may be useful again for publications: Herrn Karl Schnepf. Thurwiesenstrasse. 8. Zürich. I will give him your address.))

Very best greetings and thousands of wishes.

All the best.


P.S. We hope to collect the journey money for about 12 persons, because the comrades in Stockholm have helped us very much.

P.S. Please take 2–3 copies, on the thinnest possible paper, of my letters No. 1 and No. 2 to Pravda “(Letters from Afar”), to send (for the information of comrades) to Paris and elsewhere in Switzerland.

We shall hand over correspondence with Paris to you. You will have to find a bookbinder (a most reliable one) for sending letters to Paris in bindings (and to learn chemical writing).

P.P.S. Come to a detailed agreement about correspondence with Chaux-de-Fonds, and about publishing my speech,[2] with Abramovich (notify him that he should hurry up with his preparations for travelling: we are going on Wednesday).


[1] See present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 367–73.—Ed.

[2] This letter was written in reply to a letter from A. V. Lunacharsky, who was to visit Zurich in March 1917 and had suggested to Lenin that there should be a joint conference of Bolsheviks and Vperyod supporters. Lenin turned down the proposal.

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