The two letters that we publish below were written by Trotsky, one, before the October Revolution, and the other, several years later. They indicate Trotsky’s persistent criticisms of Lenin and Leninism. They also suggest that it was his critique of Lenin which was the origin and basis of his subsequent attacks on Stalin.
The first letter, which follows, addressed to Chkeidze, the President
of the Menshevik fraction of the Duma, shows what was Trotsky’s
position in 1913. Although quotations from this letter have been
frequently cited, so far as we are aware, this is the first time that
the complete letter has been translated into English.