Letters of Marx and Engels 1844
Source: MECW Volume 38, p. 7;
Written: 7 October 1844;
First published: in part in Das Goldene Tor, 1947;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden for marxists.org 1999.
Messrs Hoffmann and Campe, Booksellers, in Hamburg Julius Campe, Esq.
Dear Sir, Engels and I have written a pamphlet of some ten sheets against Bruno Bauer and his supporters [The Holy Family].
It deals with themes from philosophy, history and idealism, contains a critique of the Mystères de Paris [novel by Eugène Sue] etc., and will not be without interest for Germany. Nor, by and large, will it be objectionable to the censors.
Should you wish to undertake its publication, I would request you to reply forthwith, since the pamphlet cannot but lose in interest if printing is delayed. If Heine is still in Hamburg, would you be so kind as to convey to him my best thanks for the poems he sent. I have not yet had any real opportunity of doing anything about the first part, the ballads, as I wish to advertise the first part yet at the same time.