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He spoke hopefully of Russia, philosophically of Germany, cheerfully of France, and somberly of England — referring contemptuously to the atomistic reforms over which the Liberals of the British Parliament spend their time. Surveying the European world, country after country, indicating the features and developments and the personages of the surface and under the surface, he showed that things were working toward ends which will assuredly be realized. Swinton spoke of Marx’s Capital (he meant the first volume, since the second and third had not yet appeared), which had been published in German and in a Russian and a French translation, but not yet at that time in an English one.
A. Sorge, general secretary of the International while it was located in New York. He also corresponded with many other Americans, and so did Engels. J. Harney, then assistant secretary of state of Massachusetts; Moncure D. Conway, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist; and John Swinton, noted editor who had visited him the year before, and to whom he sent a copy of the French edition of Capital. Y. 1887). The latter book about England did not appear in England until five years after it came out in the United States.
Marx was equally concerned about the Irish victims of British oppression, and concerning them Mehring tells a delightful incident involving Marx’s daughter Jenny: The English press obstinately remained silent about the barbarities committed against the imprisoned Fenians, so Jenny Marx sent a number of articles to Rochefort’s Marseillaise under the pseudonym of Williams, a name which her father had used quite a lot in the fifties. In these articles she described passionately how democratic England treated its political prisoners, and these revelations in a paper which was probably more read than any other on the continent were too much for Gladstone.