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Marx-Engels Correspondence 1857

Marx To Engels
In Ryde

Source: MECW Volume 40, p. 173;
First published: in Der Briefwechsel zwischen F. Engels und K. Marx, Stuttgart, 1913.

[London,] 21 September 1857
9 Grafton Terrace, Maitland Park, Haverstock Hill

Dear Engels,

Nothing could please me more than to hear that your health is progressing.

Last Friday, a letter arrived from Dana, cool and curt. I replied that I would complain to the Post Office at once. Further, having ‘Algeria’ and ‘Ammunition’ to hand, I sent them off with the comment that I had copies of them; also that I had ‘Army’ in the original, and would send it off immediately a fresh copy had been made (I did this because in recent letters you have several times mentioned that ‘Army’ was almost finished); also, that ‘Artillery’ would for the most part come under the History of Cannon and that I no longer had the manuscript. The only A’s now remaining — and these I would send on the off-chance, although it is probably by now too late — were, all told, ‘Army’, ‘Armada’ and ‘Ayacucho’. I mentioned the last 2 because you can keep them quite short, while the material I have sent you will provide some original stuff on the Armada and Ayacucho (about Espartero). That’s how matters stand.

Tomorrow I shall send off 3 more biographies.

My circumstances won’t permit me to come to Brighton, still less accompany you to Jersey.

On closer examination I find that all I want from you on the generals under B is an answer to my question about Bernadotte together with the essentials concerning Blücher, Bugeaud, Bosquet (in the Crimean War). I have enough on the other Frenchmen. Finally, Sir G. Brown, about whom I know nothing. Not much needed on the man.

I have sent Dana your B and C lists.


K. M.