Written: Written on December 25, 1918
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 175b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Bank, Chairman of the Uyezd Economic Council
Army stores are at the disposal of the military authorities. Hand over army stocks to the military department; unseal all stores; distribute property among the departments; carry out stocktaking without interrupting current work.
Chairman, Council of Defence
 Lenin’s telegram is a reply to the following inquiry dated December 25, 1918, from S. A. Bank, Chairman of the Vyshny Volochok Uyezd Economic Council: “By order of the Council of Defence stores of army property have been sealed, an inventory is being urgently compiled. Owing to the spread of typhus in the town and uyezd, which is assuming menacing proportions, the Board of the Uyezd Economic Council has given permission for hospital property to be issued to the public health department. We ask for your sanction in assuming this great responsibility.” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50, p. 459.)