Marx-Engels Correspondence 1865
Source: MECW Volume 42, p. 139;
First published: in Der Briefwechsel zwischen F. Engels und K. Marx, Stuttgart, 1913.
Returned home some twenty-four hours ago. So, for the moment just a few lines to let you know.
Letter from Wilhelmchen enclosed. I sent him the stamps he asked for.
Quoad B. Becker, I didn’t get to see his dirty work until I got here. But thought reply really was needed [‘the “President of Mankind”’]. (Rüstow and Herwegh have replied in the Nordstern on behalf of Hatzfeldt. Rüstow calls B. Becker a ‘police-spy’.) Sent it to Rheinische and Düsseldorfer. As soon as copies arrive, 1 for you.
I shall attend a sitting of the ‘International’ this evening for the first time for 3 weeks. In the interval, revolution. Le Lubez and Denoual gone, Dupont appointed French Secretary. As a result of Le Lubez’s intrigues, and more particularly those of Major Wolff who is a tool in Mazzini’s hand, the Italian delegates Lama and Fontana have left. Pretext: Lefort (who has meanwhile announced his departure in the journal L'Association) must keep his post as defender general in the Paris press. The Italian Working men’s Club has not withdrawn from the Association, but no longer has a representative on the Council. Meanwhile, I shall get Bakunin to lay some counter-mines for Mr Mazzini in Florence. The English Shoemakers’ Union — 5,000 strong — has joined the Association during my absence.
How’s the cotton-crisis? I want information on that point.
In great haste.