Letter to Friedrich Engels, November 28, 1867

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Author(s) Karl Marx
Written 28 November 1867

Source: Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 42, p. 478;
First published: in Der Briefwechsel zwischen F. Engels und K. Marx, Stuttgart, 1913.
Keywords : Letter, Credit

To Engels in Manchester

London, 28 November 1867[edit source]

Dear Fred,

I see that I did not enclose the 2 letters from Borkheim for you. But it is not really necessary. Yesterday we had the ‘discussion’ he desired. He has reverted to the idea (which I suggested to him 2 months ago) of a loan from the ‘Atlas’ Life Assurance Company, whose secretary is a friend of his. I completed the papers yesterday at his house. You only figure as a reference on them. £150 (of which Borkheim would receive £45), repayable on 1 September.

I no longer have any faith in the success of Borkheim’s operations. I have no doubt about his good will.

Have you received his ‘Pearl’? (French and German so far).

Important letter from Schily enclosed. Please send it back by return; give your opinion at the same time. Whatever happens I shall not permit Moses to derive ‘profit’ from my work without profiting to some extent from it myself.

I am having to be diplomatic about Fenianism. I cannot keep entirely silent, but under no circumstances do I want the fellows, when criticising my book [Capital], to confine themselves to the statement that I am a demagogue.

I am sending you Borkheim’s Gentz (important for the article on Russia) without his knowledge. Please return it to me as soon as you have finished.

I now have a rash of furuncles more or less all over, and am glad of it. It puts paid to the carbuncle malady.



  • My compliments to Mrs Burns. Jenny goes in black since the Manchester execution, and wears her Polish cross on a green ribbon.*