| London 22 Dec.’68.

My dear child,

I wanted to send you together with Rückerta truly delicious book—„Blüthen Morgenländischer Mystik von Tholuck”. Mais la plus belle fille de France ne peut donner que ce qu’elle a. The book was not to be had in all London. I have ordered it from Germany. You will get it in about 3 weeks.

Tell Lafargue that he must excuse my silence. I was really overworked during the last months, as I wanted to have done with certain studies before the beginning of the new year. However, aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben. Meanwhile tell him that Dr. Hunter, excellent as his report is, knows as little as most Englishmen do of the past (social) history of his own country. The degradation of the rural labourers has nothing whatever to do with the Cornlaws of 1815. If he wants to know the real causes which have brought down // them down to the zero of their present position, you must translate him Ch. VI, Section II (Ursprüngliche Accumulation) of my book.

Happy new year

Your most devoted “Old One”
K. Marx


Karl Marx an Laura Lafargue in Paris. London, Dienstag, 22. Dezember 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=M0000885. Abgerufen am 06.07.2022.