V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written January 20, 1917 sent from Zurich to Clarens
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 604b-605a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

I am enclosing Abramovich’s letter (return it immediately) and an American leaflet (return when finished with, not urgent).

Abramovich’s letter shows that things are going well (here too: yesterday a resolution was adopted against the congress being put off and calling for a referendum on the congress[1]).

This shows that we must make great haste with our publishing business (leaflets and sheets). Great haste!! (and start a German publishing business of our own through the German groups both in La Chaux-de-Fonds and in Lausanne).

Hurry up with your trip to La Chaux-de-Fonds for a few days, get an exact estimate from the printing shop (not yourself,   but through Abramovich) and write to me as soon as possible. How much money can you raise and how soon: 50frs.? 100 or 200?

Hurry! Best regards,

P.S. About the war, there is no danger: general mobilisation is not expected until the spring.


[1] This refers to the referendum on the question of convening an emergency congress of the Swiss Social-Democratic Party to discuss its attitude towards the war. Despite the fight started by the leaders of the party Robert Grimm, Jacques Schmid, Friedrich Schneider, Herman Greulich and Gustav Muller (see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 283–86) against this referendum, the latter met with a warm response among the workers of German and French Switzerland.

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