Letter to E. L. Gurevich, November 3, 1901

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November 3, 1901

Dear Comrade,

You told us, in our talk here before the departure, that however our relations developed—and even if we went our several ways—you would in any case remain a contributor to our publications. After that we repeated to each other, even after the sad outcome of our negotiations on organisation,[1] that we did not in any way “declare war on each other”, and remained political allies albeit temporarily treading our different ways.

We hope, therefore, that you will continue to send your letters from France to Iskra. To our regret, we have not been able to get a definite reply to this question from the member of your group here. Please, let us know whether or not you intend to co-operate with us in the future.

You know, of course, how much we value your literary co-operation, and if today, after the formation of the League, the organisational relations between ourselves and your group have become more complicated, there are no obstacles to closer literary collaboration on our part, in any case. We should welcome it.

With comradely greetings....

P.S. From what Ryazanov said I have drawn the conclusion that my words about the possible effect of our differences on the literary agreement were misunderstood. All I had in mind was the pamphlets agreement (the League has set up a special board of pamphlet editors); but the foundation of the League has not affected the purely literary relations between the editorial board of Zarya and Iskra and their contributors.

  1. A reference to the “Unity” Conference of RSDLP Organisations Abroad held in Zurich (see Note 108). Before the Conference, E. Gurevich-Danevich, a representative of the Borba group, went to Zurich and then to Munich for talks with Iskra’s editors.