Write us whether you have obtained the loan in my pre ceding letter I enclosed

Write us whether you have obtained the loan in my pre

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Petersburg. (Write us whether you have obtained the loan; in my pre- ceding letter I enclosed a note about it for you. If you have not obtained it and if there is no place to obtain it, we shall probably be able to send you something; write us in greater detail.) At Zurich it has been announced that the newspaper Otkliki 97 will appear beginning in December (liquidators + probably, Trotsky). In Paris, Mysl, the daily of the Socialist-Revolutionists, has begun to ap- pear ( supertrivial phrasemaking playing with the “left tendency”). What an abundance of newspapers, what phrases of intellectuals who are r-r-revolutionary today—and tomorrow ------ ? (Tomorrow they will make peace with Kautsky, with Plekhanov, and with the liquidationist “patriotic-chauvinist-opportunist intelligentsia” in Russia ------ . They had nothing and have nothing in common with the laboring class of Russia. It is impossible to trust them even for a penny. I firmly shake your hand and wish you courage. The times are hard, but ------ we’ll pull through ! Yours L e n in 96 Lenin, Sochineniia, XXIX, 154-55; another translation is in The Letters of Lenin, pp. 351-52. 97 Apparently this refers to the resumption of the Bund periodical Otkliki , published in Switzerland. (Lenin, Sochineniia, XXIX, 155, note 2.)
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ACTIVITIES OF THE BOLSHEVIKS ABROAD, 1914-1916 201 [To Shliapnikov, Copenhagen, January 3, 1915]98 [ B e r n e ] D ear F r i e n d ! I received your two letters with the news of your departure. The reasons which you gave against my assumption (of the possi- bility of not going to Copenhagen, of not leaving Stockholm) have com- pletely convinced me. I see that I have not taken into consideration something really very important. If you feel offended, I am ready to apologize in every way and ask you, please do not feel offended. As a matter of fact, the village is, at present, much more dangerous (and more inconvenient for the work) than is the town. On the whole, the situation is such that at present the struggle against Tsarism requires double caution—especially in the way of preserving the reserves. To spend at once still greater forces (after our immeas- urable losses) would mean to weaken ourselves completely for the mo- ment of more decisive activities against Tsarism. Therefore, I beg you earnestly to double and triple the conspiracy [i.e., conspirational methods] and either (1) to go no further than to write for someone to come to Sweden or (2) to limit yourself to a very short visit. I beg you, most earnestly, to confine yourself to the first and not to do the second (if such is at all possible). It is better not to go to the conference (January 16) of the Scandi- navians.99 We have now discussed it thoroughly with Grimm. The Swiss did not go. Consequently this is obviously an intrigue of the Ger- mans and Troelstra -f- Branting. They will make every effort to create confusion and will prevent you from delivering your Swedish speech.
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