From Fourth International, vol.5 No.8, August 1944, p.226.
Transcribed, marked up & formatted by Ted Crawford & David Walters in 2008 for ETOL.
Correspondence from our agents during the month records a continuous expansion in Fourth International sales. We quote from some of the letters:
(We are placing the Toledo Public Library on our mailing list and will do so with any library that has a call for Fourth International.
The above report of progress from Los Angeles was followed by a telegram stating, “SOLD OUT. EXPRESS FIFTEEN ADDITIONAL COPIES JULY ISSUE FOR TROTSKY MEMORIAL MEETING.”
San Francisco is utilizing their back issues of Fourth International in contact work and is desirous of keeping a supply on hand. Our agent in her latest report asks: “Will you please send us 6 copies of the December Fourth International. We’re all out of them.”
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Inquiries have been received as to whether we have indexes for the various volumes of Fourth International. Indexes are available for the last few years and we will be glad to send them to anyone who wishes to have loose copies of Fourth International bound.
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Readers of Fourth International comment about the magazine:
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Comments from readers abroad:
War Zone: “Very many thanks for the first parcel which arrived last week. The magazine is well up to the usual standard and that’s saying a lot. I would like to buy a subscription for 1944 as well as a copy of the old Man’s In Defense of Marxism, ...
“In the meantime please accept my sincere congratulations and appreciation. ‘Forward to Victory’.”
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“I’m under an eternal obligation for receipt of Fourth International and The Militant. Am unable to get permit to send money out of the country. Is there a commission I can do for you?
“See enclosed note from library showing what I’ve done with copies of the magazine”;
(The note from the library states: “In reply to your inquiry I shall be very pleased to accept the issue of Fourth International which you kindly offer to present to this library. Perhaps you will be good enough to bring the periodicals to the library at your convenience, and an official acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to you in due course. Your specimen copy is returned herewith.”)
“Like most of the letters you get from Britain nowadays this is a begging one. I’d appreciate if you could send me a file of Fourth International for the period May to December 1943. You were kind enough to let me have a number of copies last year to make up some bound volumes, and I am hoping you will be able to complete my 1943 volume ... I send greetings both to those of you who are carrying on the work outside the prison walls and to those who have been jailed by American imperialism.”
“A friend of mine said he has found in his factory that the workers are very much interested in the FI He distributes the magazine as well as The Militant there regularly. They especially like articles dealing with trade union situations in the United States – they are very interested in those. Just to show what kind of article they like best, they were very interested in De Lorenzo’s case.
“His impression of the FI is that it should have greater diversity of articles in different fields and all the articles should be short. So far as quality is concerned, it is absolutely the best thing in the whole political field, nothing to compare with it at all.”
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