V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 2, 1921
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 80b-81a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Ryazanov:

I have a great request:

Return the books.[1] ||||||| 1) Do you, by any chance, know where the underscored passages in Engels’s letters come from?

2) Has this ever been published in full and where?

3) If it has, can we find and get it?

4) Could we buy the letters of Marx and Engels, or photographs of them, from Scheidemann & Co. (you know, this dirty lot will sell anything)?

5) Is there any hope of our collecting in Moscow everything published by Marx and Engels?

6) Is there a catalogue of everything already collected here?

7) Are we collecting the letters of Marx and Engels, (or copies of them) or is that impossible?

With communist greetings,


[1] The register of outgoing documents, kept by Lenin’s secretaries, had this entry: “2.II. No. 159. Two books by Engels and a   letter to Ryazanov” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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