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Freidrich Engels
Freidrich Engels in Zurich
Engels in Manchester

During his second spell in Manchester, Engels was employed as a corresponding clerk and general assistant, in the family firm. For this he was paid a salary of £100 per annum and also received 10% of the firm’s profits. He hated this work intensely, but put up with it because he knew that he had to work, in order to support Marx.

He supplemented this income by writing on military matters, for journals both in England and America. It was this that earned him the nickname “the general”. He was greatly relieved when following the settlement of his father’s will he was left £10,000 and 20% of the firm’s future profits. Finally he had the freedom to devote himself to the struggle for communism.

Engels left Manchester in 1870 and settled in Regent’s Park Road, London. He devoted the remaining years of his life, until his death in 1895, to the struggle for communism. He continued writing on a variety of subjects and following the death of Marx, in 1883, he undertook the task of completing and edited volumes II and III of ’Das Capital’.

Words: Danny Crosby

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