Written: Written on October 16, 1919
Published: First published in part in 1960 in the book: Tak zakreplyalis zavoyevaniya Oktyabrya (Thus Were the October Gains Consolidated), Tula. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the text in Kaminsky’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 293b-294a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The tardiness shown by you and other executives in the matter of entraining the cavalry is outrageous.
I warn you that the functionaries responsible for military work in Tula are obliged to display the greatest energy and efficiency, which I do not see in practice. Send me at once an explanation of the reasons for the delay. I shall call the culprits to strict account. I demand that the dispatch be expedited to the utmost of your power.
Chairman, Council of Defence