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Correspondence (Amsterdam Congress 1904)

Correspondence between The Socialist Party of Great Britain and the Secretary to the British Section at Amsterdam Congress, 1904.

 

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40, Outer Temple, Strand, London, W.C. 

 

Nov., 1904. 

 

C. Lehane,

 

The Socialist Party of Great Britain,

 

107, Charlotte St., London, W.

 

Dear Comrade,

 

In accordance with the decision of the British Section at the International Socialist Congress at Amsterdam, I am sending you herewith a precis of the minutes of the Section, signed by the Chairman and myself.

 

I shall be glad if you will bring the same before your organisation, and take the opinion of its members on the following questions arising thereout:—
1.—Are you in favour of a Conference being held with a view to the formation of a National Committee to deal with matters arising out of the Congress ?

 

2.—Are you in favour of the rules for the conduct of business at future Congresses as proposed by Mr. John Hodge and agreed to by the British Section ?

 

3.—Will you contribute annually to the funds of the International Socialist Bureau at Brussels, which consists of representatives of the various nationalities taking part in the Congress, and takes what action may seem necessary in the name of international socialism, including the organisation of the International Congresses?

 

Hoping to receive favourable replies to these questions at an early date.

 

I am, yours fraternally

 

(signed) J. F. Green.

 

(Secretary to British Section at Amsterdam Congress, 1904.)

 

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THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN

 

Central Office

 

Communist Club, 

 

107, Charlotte Street,

 

Fitzroy Square,

 

London, W.

 

 
Jan.3, 1905

 

J.F. Green
(Secretary to British Section at Amsterdam Congress, 1904.)

 

40, Outer Temple, Strand, W.C.

 

Comrade,

 

Your communication, covering precis of the minutes of the British Section at Amsterdam Congress 1904, has been received, and in reply I am instructed to state —

 

l. The Socialist Party of Great Britain is not in favour of holding the proposed conference, and will decline to take part therein if held. As the International Congress is presumably a Socialist Congress, the matters arising from out its decisions should be the task of the Socialist Party existing in the various countries to deal with. Judging from the composition of the British Section, according to the precis of the minutes you sent, the Committee that apparently you propose would consist of men who are in no sense of the word Socialist. The Socialist Party of Great Britain, therefore, cannot see that any good purpose would be served by a Committee of men who are not agreed on basic principles tampering with these matters.

 

2. The Socialist Party of Great Britain is not in favour of the rules for the conduct of business at future Congresses as proposed by Mr. John Hodge as it fails to see that any improvement would result from their adoption.

 

3.—The Socialist Party of Great Britain is, of course, perfectly willing to bear its fair share of the expenses of international organisation, but considers that it should communicate direct with the International Socialist Bureau regarding this matter.

 

I am, 

 

Yours fraternally,

 

(Signed) C. Lehane, 

 

General Secretary.