Letter to Leopold I, King of Belgium

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Author(s) Karl Marx
Written 7 February 1845


First published in L'Europe Nouvelle, No. 346,1924
Published in English for the first time in Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 4
Collection(s): L'Europe Nouvelle
Keywords : Emigration, Belgium

This request was written four days after Marx's arrival in Brussels upon his expulsion from France by the French Government for taking part in editing Vorwärts!. Shortly after his arrival his wife joined him, with their eldest daughter, Jenny, who had been born in Paris. Marx received no reply to his request. The Royal Belgian Government was reluctant to grant political asylum to revolutionary émigrés. Marx was immediately placed under secret surveillance as a "dangerous democrat and Communist".


Brussels, February 7, 1845

24, Place du petit sablon


Sire,

The undersigned, Charles Marx, Doctor of Philosophy, aged 26, from Trier, in the Kingdom of Prussia, intending to settle with his wife and child in Your Majesty's domains, respectfully takes the liberty of requesting Your Majesty to grant him permission to establish his residence in Belgium. He has the honour to be, with deepest respect,

Your Majesty's most humble and obedient servant,

Dr. Charles Marx