Written: Written on October 28, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 364b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Read this and return to me.
I see that your optimism is refuted by the facts with increasing frequency.
There is need at all costs to work out:
1) calendar programme and
2) planned estimate:
(α) a given minimum of workers at such-and-such a rate so many thousand millions;
(β) debts coming to so much;
(γ) will cover by the following date, in this priority.
But, what is more, we must work a radical change in the whole pace of our monetary reform. Periculum in mora.
With communist greetings,
 There is danger in delay.—Ed.
 A reference to I. S. Unschlicht’s letter about new salary rates for All-Russia Cheka officials.