Bulletin of the Marx Memorial Library

THE MEMORIAL HALL, FARRINGDON ROAD

Bulletin of the Marx Memorial Library (1968), 47, (1), 14–15.

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- 14 - as well as on the ninutes of the General Council of the International Workins }~n'a Association (1064-1872), the letters of Marx and Enbels (mostly still not available in English), and a vast J!lBSS of tmpublished letters to }~ end Entiels kept at the Institutel all this in nduition to the bourgeois press and publications of Marx's tiMes, and to other well-knoiln and less mown published works bearing on the subject, not excluding the latest (Roydon Harrison's Defore the Socialists and Collins and Abrnnsky's Karl MlU'X and the British Labour Movement). Dut her approach is a.n independent one, and her book will be 'Wlquestionnbly an outstanding contribution to tho literature on Marx's practioal working oonnection with the Dritish working class and on the workers' histo:tY' itself. Appropriately enough, its frontispieoe is a letter to Karl Marx froJ!l an old Chartist, ThoI!lD.s Alsop, on 30 October, 1871, saying I "I congratulate the International to have such a nan to think for the~, since in all the novonents I hcve seen or taken part in during the In.st 40 years we have hOO able, fluent nen, but none who have combined to an equal degroe thought and action". The book fC'.11s into threo sections of unequal length. Tho first is entitIed "The Ally of the Rovolutionnry Chartist, 1045-1057", it cons is ts of two chapters , Then there a.re ten chapters, under the heading ''Uarx and the International in England, 1864-1074". The third seotion, "The Last Docade , 1073-1003", is a.gain of two ohapters, one on the "difficult years of the Dritish workers' noveaerrt - the 70s", and the other on "the b e ~ of the Sooia1ist novonent of the 80s". Throughout, the narrative is fo.otuol, detailed end full of interest. It 170uld be 0. real eye-opener if translated into English. The only place whore this could be done would be Moscow, if only because the book quotes such 0. IJD.SS of unpublished caterial available there alone. But if that happens, one thing is absolutely essential: there should be a full index of nones, places and publico.tions. Its absence in this now book is n serious blot on the reputation of the publishers. ******* THE KE2lORIAL HALL, Andrew Rothstein FAnRINGDON ROAD A note in the pross on J'Wle 15 announced that the big stone-faced Memorial Hall, near the junotion of Farringdon Road and Ludgate Circus was to be pulled down. For the British working-class movement this building had a much bigger importanoe than its function as the former headquarters of the Congregational Churoh. With it, great memories were associo.ted. It was here that, on February 27, 1900, the oonference of 129 delegates from about half a million trade 'Wlionists and three Socialist societies -

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