Letter to James P. Cannon, April 5, 1939

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Dear Comrade:

I am very, very disquieted at not receiving any information from you about the happenings in France and especially about your plans for the future. I can understand that you found it necessary to interrupt your sojourn in France and to abandon the leaders of the POI to their own helplessness. But such a situation cannot last for a long time. We must elaborate a solution in one direction or the other. It is necessary not only for the French party, but also for the American section; after the great effort of the American comrades, a disappointment can have very negative consequences.

I have some hypothetical propositions, but they are too vague and I prefer to have your information and suggestions before formulating some concrete propositions.

I should also be very glad to hear from you as to how you found the American party after your absence.

Warmest greetings from Natalia and myself to you both.

Comradely yours,

L. Trotsky