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395 Karl Marx TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAULOIS246 Brighton, August 24, 1871 Sir, Since you have published extracts from the report of a conversation I had with one of the correspondents of The New York Herald,3 I hope that you will also publish the following statement, which I have sent to The New York Herald. I am sending you this statement in its original form, that is, in English.0 Yours faithfully, Karl Marx T O THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK HERALD London, 17 August 1871 Sir, In the Herald of August 3rd, I find a report of a conversation I had with one of your correspondents.0 I beg to say that I must decline all and every responsibility for the statements attributed to me in that report, whether such statements refer to individuals connected with the late events in France, or to any political or economical opinions. Of what I am reported to have said, one part I said differently, and another I never said at all. Yours obediently, Karl Marx First published in Le Gaulois, No. 1145, Printed according to the newsAugust 27, 1871 paper a G. C , "La Commune jugée par Karl Marx", Le Gaulois, No. 1140, August 22, 1871.— Ed. b This letter was published in English in Le Gaulois. The covering letter, written in French, is published in English in this volume.— Ed. c "The International", The New York Herald, No. 12765, August 3, 1871.— Ed. 396 Karl Marx [LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE SUN, CHARLES DANA]247 Brighton, August 25, 1871 My dear Sir: In the first instance I must beg you to excuse my prolonged silence. I should have answered your letter long ago if I had not been quite overburdened with work, so much so that my health broke down, and my doctor found it necessary to banish me for a few months to this sea-bathing place, with the strict injunction to do nothing. I shall comply with your wish after my return to London when a favorable occasion occurs for rushing into print. I have sent a declaration to The New York Herald,3 in which I decline all and every responsibility for the trash and positive falsehoods with which its correspondent burdens me.b I do not know whether the Herald has printed it. The number of the Communal refugees arriving in London is on the increase, while our means of supporting them is daily on the decrease, so that many find themselves in a very deplorable state. We shall make an appeal for assistance to the Americans.248 To give you an inkling of the state of things that under the République Thiers prevails in France, I will tell you what has happened to my own daughters. My second daughter, Laura, is married to Monsieur Lafargue, a medical man. They left Paris a few days before the commencement of the first siege for Bordeaux, where Lafargue's father' lived. The latter, having fallen very ill, wanted to see his son, who a See this volume, p. 395.— Ed. b "The International", The New York Herald, No. 12765, August 3, 1871.—Ed c François Lafargue.— Ed. Letter to the Editor of The Sun, Charles Dana 397 attended him, indeed was at his sick bed until the time of his death. Lafargue and my daughter then continued to stay at Bordeaux, where the former possesses a house. During the time of the Commune, Lafargue acted as Secretary to the Bordeaux branches of the International, and was also sent as a delegate to Paris, where he stayed six days to make himself acquainted with the state of things there. During all the time he was not molested by the Bordeaux police. Toward the middle of May my two unmarried daughters set out for Bordeaux, and thence together with the family Lafargue to Bagnères de Luchon, in the Pyrenees, near the Spanish frontier.... There the eldest daughter, who had suffered from a severe attack of pleurisy, took the mineral waters and underwent regular medical treatment. Lafargue and his wife had to attend to a dying baby, and my youngest daughter amused herself as much in the charming environs of Luchon as the family afflictions permitted. Luchon is a place of resort for patients and for the beau monde? and above all places the least fitted for political intrigue. My daughter Madame Lafargue had, moreover, the misfortune to lose her child, and shortly after...


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