V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Sent to London. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 403b-404a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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15/VII. 1920

Dear Comrade,

Many thanks for the letters, which always contain extremely valuable information. I enclose a letter from my wife and ask you to give my regards to your wife and family, whom I met at your home in London.

About your journey to Russia, I am in two minds. You are so very important for the work in London. Let them deport you: we shall see if they dare to do so. They would have to catch you on something, otherwise there will be a row. I am not against your coming “to take a look” at Russia, but I am afraid that to quit Britain is harmful for the work.

As to the delegation, we shall discuss this in all aspects in a day or so. The same with the reply to Curzon,[2] who, in my opinion, wants to grossly deceive us. He won’t succeed.

About sending you literature, I have taken special measures. You should know that a Russian has to be sworn at 20 times and verified 30 times to have the simplest thing done properly. Keep an eye on it and write more often (even sometimes to me)—then I shall push things on so that you get the missing publications more regularly.

I think that your guiding participation (it is possible by the pen and secretly) in the Anglo-Saxon movement is especially valuable. Here it is highly important to straighten out the line. You will receive my pamphlet against the “Leftists”[1] and resolutions (drafts) for the Second Congress of the Third International, and I should very much like to know your opinion.

All the very best,


[1] This refers to Lenin’s “Left-Wing” Communism—an Infantile Disorder (see present edition. Vol. 31, pp. 17–118).—Ed.

[2] This refers to the reply to Lord Curzon’s Note of July 11, 1920, which was discussed at a plenary meeting of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on July 16, 1920. The reply was published in Izvestia No. 157, July 18, 1920.

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