First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 105b-106a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please write for me, or have your secretary write for me, a short (10–20 lines) note about the unsuccessful purchase of 400 (instead of 1,000) poods of accessories for making boots (accessories whose selection was unsatisfactory, wrong).
I need this to issue instructions on what we are to avoid and how. How similar mistakes are to be avoided.
 In reply to this note, Dzerzhinsky sent Lenin a short report the same day describing the circumstances of the unsuccessful purchase of foreign tacks. On Dzerzhinsky’s report Lenin wrote: “(About tacks). Keep and give me a reminder” (Lenin Miscellany XXXVI, p. 211).