| Hannover, 5 Mai 1867.

My dear child,

Your letter gave me the greatest pleasure. It is written in the true Imperial style. I hope to find you plumb and fresh like a Mayrose.

The inclosed photogramm was to be sent to you for your birthday, but was not ready. It is backed by the photogram of Madame Tenge (by-the-by, the aunt of the , of whom Edgar told us so much) who, however, is not so beautiful in reality, as her shadow indicates. But she is a really noble nature, of a peculiar suavity, frankness, and simplicity of character. Nothing of “falsche Bildung”. She speaks English, French and Italian (she is of Italian descent) perfectly. Although a great musician, she does not kill one with Kunstgeschwätz which, on the contrary, she abhors. She is an atheist and inclines to Socialism, although rather little informed on that point. What distinguishes her above all, is a spontaneous kindness and the absence of all pretentions. I feel sure, you would in no time become very intimate friends. Mrs Kugelmann is also a nice little woman.

To-day, on my birthday, I received the first “Bogen” for revision. I fear the book will become rather a little too big. In consequence of the Easter week business, the printing did not commence before 29th April, Meissner growing very wild at this suspense. Meanwhile, time has not been lost. Preliminary notices have been published almost in all German papers. Kugelmann has very many connexions which were all put into motion.

Your birthday was solemnly celebrated here.

| Except part of the bourgeoisie, lawyers and such ones, there reigns here in Hanover a fanatical hatred of the Prussians which much amuses me.

I was very glad to hear of your Polish surprise. If the things have no mercantile value, they have a historical one.

The delay of war is exclusively due to the Derby cabinet. As long as it remains at the head of England, Russia will not sound the war signal—a phrase, by the by, which is conceived in the true Colletian style.

I cannot exactly state the day of my return. I have still to receive letters from different sides . I shall return directly from here via Hamburg (there to have an other interview with my publisher) to London.

I had , very soon after my arrival here, written to Liebknecht. He has answered. His wife cannot be saved. She is approaching the catastrophe. She sends her compliments to you all and was cheered up by your letters.

Hegel’s photogramm will be looked after. It is not to be had at Hanover. As to his “Philos. of Hist.”, I shall try to find it at London. I consider Cacadou might have written some lines long since, but excuse her with her equestrian studies.

And now, with my best wishes to all, Adio, my dear “Joe”.

Your Old One.

I add a few lines for Tussy.

Zeugenbeschreibung und Überlieferung

Zeugenbeschreibung

Der Brief besteht aus einem Blatt mittelstarkem, weißem Papier im Format 140 × 215 mm. Prägung: „Dr. L. Kglm.“ Marx hat beide Seiten vollständig beschrieben. Schreibmaterial: schwarze Tinte.

Von unbekannter Hand: auf der ersten Seite oben links mit Bleistift der Vermerk: „3)“.

Anmerkungen zum Brief

Der Brief ist die Antwort auf den Brief von J. Marx (Tochter) an Marx, 28.4.1867. Jenny Marx beantwortet den Brief am 8. Mai 1867 (J. Marx (Tochter) an Marx, 8.5.1867).

Zur überlieferten Beilage zum Brief („The inclosed photogramm“) siehe die Beschreibung (unten) und die Abbildung (Link zum Foto); die weiteren zwei Beilagen zum Brief („the photogram of Madame Tenge“ , „a few lines for Tussy“) sind nicht überliefert.

Beschreibung des beigelegten Fotos:

Foto von Karl Marx. Hannover, Ende April 1867.

RGASPI, Sign. f. 389, op. 1, d. 6. Bl. 3. Positiv-Original. 6,2 × 10 cm. Das Foto hat auf der Rückseite den Firmenaufdruck: „Friedr. Wunder Photograph Hannover Neuerweg, N° 3“.

Von unbekannter Hand: oben links mit schwarzer Tinte der Vermerk: „K. M.“

Zur Fotobeilage siehe Карл Маркс, Фридрих Энгельс. Собрание фотографий. Москва 1976. S. [59] und 125–131. Siehe auch Familie Marx privat (2005). Nr. 3 und S. 57/58.

 

Zitiervorschlag

Karl Marx an Jenny Marx (Tochter) in London. Hannover, Sonntag, 5. Mai 1867. In: Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe digital. Hg. von der Internationalen Marx-Engels-Stiftung. Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin. URL: http://megadigital.bbaw.de/briefe/detail.xql?id=M0000264. Abgerufen am 27.02.2024.