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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 139

    MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Autograph letter signed ('Karl Marx') to Collet Dobson Collet, n.p., 10 February '1889' [sic, in error for 1881], in English, one page, 8vo (180 x 112mm), bifolium (soiling to upper margin).

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    MARX, Karl (1818-1883). Autograph letter signed ('Karl Marx') to Collet Dobson Collet, n.p., 10 February '1889' [sic, in error for 1881], in English, one page, 8vo (180 x 112mm), bifolium (soiling to upper margin).

    A DANGEROUS RUSSIAN IN LONDON. 'There is in London only one single Russian the Czar's government does care about, and this is Hartmann', Marx writes, adding that Hartmann has not applied to any English MP. Marx does however have information on 'a German in compagny [sic] with a Russian' having seen Sir Charles Dilke, who denied rumours of an English-Russian extradition treaty, noting 'I can of cours not give you any information whatever on people whose names are unknown'. He concludes by referring to an article in the liberal Russki Courier about the extradition treaty, which he will bring to Collet if it comes to his hands: 'it would perhaps be useful if Mr Hartmann were present at our rendezvous. He at all events is possessed of full information about all the Russian refugees at London'.

    The Russian revolutionary Leo Hartmann (1850-1913), a member of the terrorist Narodnaya Volya, had fled the country around the time of Alexander II's assassination in 1879; Marx wrote to Jenny on 11 April 1881 that he was 'working hard as a common workman in Woolwich' and mentioned his meeting with Dilke; he moved on to New York in June 1881.


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