Letter to Georgi Plekhanov, Chairman of the Party Council, January 23, 1904

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 23 January 1904


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Written January 23, 1904 in Geneva (local mail)
Published: First published in 1929. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, pages 224-225.

This and the next letter were written for Lengnik, the CC’s representative abroad.

Comrade,

We would propose getting together for a meeting of the Council on Monday, January 25, at 4 p.m., in the Landolt restaurant. If you appoint a different place and time, please let us know not later than Sunday, for one of us lives far away from Geneva.

As regards secretarial duties, we think it should be possible to restrict ourselves to the services of Comrade Martov, who was already appointed secretary of the Council at its first meeting.

We would emphatically protest against Comrade Blumenfeld as secretary for, in the first place, he does not observe the rules of secrecy (he informed Druyan of Lenin’s membership of the Central Committee); secondly, he is too expansive, so that there is no guarantee of calm and business-like qualities, and there is even the danger of a row and of having the door locked. Thirdly, we may have to discuss him personally on the Council, as purchaser of party literature.

If you consider a special person necessary as secretary, we propose for this Comrade Bychkov, who is one of the old members of the Iskra organisation and a prominent Party activist (a member of the Organising Committee); moreover he is the most impartial and capable of recording everything calmly.

Council members....

P.S. I shall have to come to Geneva specially for the Council meeting, and the mail takes rather a long time reaching Mornex. I would ask you therefore to send me a letter not later than Sunday (during the day), if the meeting is fixed for Monday, otherwise the notice will not reach me in time.

Alternatively, I would ask you to postpone the meeting until Wednesday.

My address is: Mornex ....