- 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).
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'
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".
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 IJD.SS of unpublished caterial available there alone.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,
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
It was here that, on February 27, 1900, the oonference of 129 delegates
from about half a million trade 'Wlionists and three Socialist societies -