Correspondence of Karl Marx 1841

Letter from Marx to Carl Friedrich Bachman

in Jena

Written: April 6, 1841;
Source: Marx Engels Collected Works Vol 1, pg 379;
Publisher: International Publishers (1975);
First Published: Archiv für die Geschichte des Sozialismus und der Arbeiterbewegung, 1926;
Translated: Clemens Dutt;
Transcribed: S. Ryan.

Dear Sir,

I send you herewith a dissertation for a doctor's degree on the difference between the natural philosophy of Democritus and the natural philosophy of Epicurus, and enclose the litterae petitoriae, curriculum vitae, my leaving certificates from the universities of Bonn and Berlin, and, finally, the legal fees of twelve friedrichsdors. At the same time, in the event of my work being found satisfactory by the faculty, I humbly beg you to hasten as much as possible the conferring of the doctor's degree since, on the one hand, I can only remain a few weeks longer in Berlin and, on the other hand, external circumstances make it highly desirable for me to obtain the doctor's degree before my departure.

I should like the leaving certificates to be returned, as they are originals.

I remain, Sir, with great respect,

Your most devoted servant,

Karl Heinrich Marx