Letter to Inessa Armand, July 6, 1914

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Dear Friend,

I have yesterday made a walk in the mountains (the weather is good after weeks of rain), & therefore could not answer yesterday your letter. I’m extremely glad that you all are well, no illness, & that you are busy.

For the congress I’d like to beg you to prepare the most important citations (quotations) & documents against liquidateurs. Paris & I would help you. Stockholm minutesquotations about the underground (No. 3 of Nasha Zarya,[1] etc.)—our CO and major articles against the liquidators.[2] It is possible that you will be obliged to be member of the “conference” (of all “fractions”) & to act publicly as accusator of liquid. & as a partisan (more than this: as a representative) of the CC

About “thrashing” of Alex. I’ve written not a word to Parisians & will not write. But... have you seen the cutting I’ve sent you?[3] Nik. Vas. was wrong: he has helped Ax-ky, who will now play a role of a “victim”. It is clear. Boycott & common resolution. That’s good. Thrashing is bad: now all outsiders[4] will be against Nik. Vas. And the “moeurs” in the emigration would get quite hooligan, if thrashing would get common.... Resolutions, boycott—that is the single convenient measures....

Nothing new here. Guests not yet arrived. The wife of Grigory still ill in hospital.

Yours truly, truly,

V. I.

Wishing you all good & best....

  1. This refers to the minutes of the Fourth (Unity) Congress of the RSDLP held in Stockholm in April–May 1906.
    The journal Nasha Zarya No. 3 for March 1914 published anti-Bolshevik articles by F. A. Bulkin and L. Martov, which Lenin sharply criticised in his articles “The Ideological Struggle in the Working-Class Movement”, “Plekhanov, Who Knows Not What He Wants”, “Disruption of Unity Under Cover of Outcries for Unity” and “The Bourgeois Intelligentsia’s Methods of Struggle Against the Workers” see resent edition, Vol. 20, pp. 277–80, 369–12, 325–47, 455–86).
  2. ["*" DUPLICATE 1 OF 2.]
    Words in italics marked with an asterisk are in Russian in the original.—Ed.
  3. This refers to Alexinsky’s open letter published in Nashe Rabochaya Gazeta No. 41 for June 21, 1914.—Ed.
  4. ["*" DUPLICATE 2 OF 2.]
    Words in italics marked with an asterisk are in Russian in the original.—Ed.