V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between January 10 and 22, 1917
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Zurich to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 597.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear V. A.,

You’ve given me a proper “wigging” over Nicholas II, haven’t you?[1]

As regards Garton Foundation I have seen no mention of it and I don’t know where and how to look for it. Don’t you remember where you have read it? Couldn’t you find that No. of the newspaper—I would then be able to trace it in the library here.

I am enclosing Volksrecht where, in addition to the declaration of the C.C., take note of the resolution of the Zurich meeting against postponement of the congress.[2] Will Olga please move this in the Geneva group of the Zimmerwald Lefts and support it in every way, translate the resolution, get a similar one adopted, and so on (we draft ed this resolution here in the circle of Zimmerwald Lefts. It is desirable that we act jointly).

I should not like to go to Geneva: (1.) I am unwell; bad nerves. I shy at lectures; (2) I am engaged here on 22.I, and must prepare for a German report. Therefore, I cannot promise to come. (Let me know what’s this meeting Guilbeaux proposes, a meeting of whom, when? Can I be useful? In what way?)

All the very best to both of you. Kindest regards.



[1] What this alludes to is unknown.—Ed.

[2] The declaration of the C.C. of the Swiss Social-Democratic Party concerning postponement of the party congress was published in No. 7 of Volksrecht for January 9, 1917 (see the article “Der ausserordentliche Parteitag verschoben” [The Emergency Party Congress Postponed]), and the resolution of a district party meeting in Zurich containing a demand that the congress he convened not later than in the spring of 1917 was quoted in a paragraph published in the paper’s “Vereine und Versammlungen” section, issue No. 8 for January 10, 1917.

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