Accounts of the Social-Democratic Refugee Committee in London (2)
the Westdeutsche Zeitung No. 104 (supplement), May 2, 1850; the Neue Deutsche Zeitung No. 106, May 3, 1850, and the Norddeutsche Freie Presse No. 349, May 10, 1850
Printed according to the Nord deutsche Freie Presse and checked with the Westdeutsche Zeitung
Published in English for the first time in Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 10
|February 25||Balance in hand||17||11||8|
|From the Social Reform Association in London||30||18||5|
|March 13||From the Cologne Refugee Committee||36||-||-|
|From A. F., member of the Workers' Society||-||5||-|
|March 18||Through Herr Wichmann in Hamburg||6||-||-|
|April 16||Through " Rempel in Bielefeld||3||-||-|
|" " Engels of E.B.||1||-||-|
|April 20||From several English workers||-||7||-|
|Post-age and petty expenses||-||8||8|
|Balance in hand||9||4||111/2|
The Committee, set up on September 18, 1849, has since its foundation supported about a hundred refugees for shorter or longer periods, and the total sum of moneys passed through its hands amounts to £161 3s 8V2d. In addition, the Workers’ Society here has catered for the exceptional needs of individual refugees by collections, found work for others and put its premises with newspapers at the disposal of all refugees.
The books and receipts concerning the above accounts, which were submitted to and adopted by the German Workers’ Society, are available with the Treasurer of the Committee for inspection by the donors or their representatives.
Messrs. Struve, Bobzin, Bauer (Stolpe) and others have lately seen fit to use their names to attract from Germany adequate funds for the refugees. Accordingly they have grouped around themselves a number of refugees and formed their own committee at a meeting yesterday. It goes without saying that this renewed project to form a parallel committee can no more divert us from our work for the refugees than the earlier projects which failed.
As the accounts show, the Committee’s funds are so depleted that they barely suffice for the needs of one more week. But more refugees apply for support every day. We therefore call on the German social-democratic party once again not to let down their refugees and as soon as possible to send their contributions to the Treasurer, K. Pfänder, 21 King Street, Soho, London.
London, April 23, 1850
The Social-Democratic Refugee Committee:
K. Marx, President,
August Willich, K. Pfänder,
Frederick Engels, Heinrich Bauer
- Presumably Elberfeld-Barmeri.—Ed.
- Heinrich Bauer, previously the treasurer of the Social-Democratic Refugee Committee, stayed in Germany until the end of May 1850. He had been sent there as an emissary of the Central Authority of the Communist League.