| Oct. 2.

Dear Williams!

With regard to Schweitzer my policy will be, to ruin him and to gain his followers. In the Trades’ Unions-Movement we shall reap the fruits.

Send me without delay the Rules of a few Trades’ Unions.

If possible, send me the draft of your proclamation, perhaps we can give you some useful hint — of course we know the public to be addressed better than you can.

In any case send the proclamation to the Wochenbl. for publication. The other papers must take it from us.

Engels has sent me an article about the dissolution of the Allg. D. Arb. It appears to day, but E. is wrong in attributing the measure to the democratic policy of the Society. It was an intrigue of Hatzfeldt, and Schw. could have carried on the Verein, if he had wished to, but the democratic spirit in the Ver. grew too strong for him, and he had to try another dodge. He is a scoundrel; I kept faithfully my promise not to attack him. Our | resolutions in Nürnberg removed every obstacle to the union and reunion of all honest “Soc. Dems.” If Schw. had been honest, he would have grasped the opportunity, but instead of that he began to attack us in his paper, and to exclude us from his “Congress”. So I had no choice, but to accept the war, and we have even now by far more workingmen in our organisation, and our organisation is spread over at least as large a field as that of the Allg. D. A. in its best days.

Unfortunately, the work is too great, I am half killed; you must help me by writing oftener and by getting me good articles. The theoretical part you ought to undertake; the practical is already overwhelming. Certainly I have assistance, but I must continually push, pull, direct, and have not a moment’s rest. My own affairs are neglected and, to “crown” the thing I shall probably have to | go to prison for a few weerks, or even months.

Tell E. if you write him soon, that with the “Schwaben” I am not more intimate, than I must be; I have told them publicly (Nürnberg) and privately my opinion; I told them plainly we are the party and they for the moment our appendix, in future our enemies. But—we are poor and— — Don’t think I shall make “compromises”; until now I have been going my own way steadfastly and forced them to follow me; and so it will be as long as we can go the same way.

Please send one of the enclosed letters to Stromeyer (that is his name?) in Bradford. He shall do something for our Cooperative Association. The other note put in an envelope and send it to Eccarius: 10 Great Chapelstreet, S.W.

Our love to all.

Your true

The Papers you sent me have all been forwarded to their addresses; only one indirectly (that to Vienna) because the man has been accused of double dealing—I think wrongfully. The matter will be looked into.



Wilhelm Liebknecht an Karl Marx in London. Leipzig, Freitag, 2. Oktober 1868. 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=M0000771. Abgerufen am 28.01.2023.