Marx in Neue Rheinische Zeitung November 1848
Source: MECW Volume 8, p. 46;
Written: by Marx on November 20, 1848;
First published: in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 148 (second edition), November 21, 1848.
Cologne, November 20.
Democrats of the Rhine Province,
instead of summoning Oberpräsident Eichmann, the well-known Chief Public Prosecutor Zweiffel has, through Examining Magistrate Leuthaus, summoned your Committee to appear tomorrow on a charge of public incitement to rebellion.
A scandal is expected; the Cologne Garrison Headquarters has made all preparations; in accordance with the order issued by a treacherous Ministry, on this occasion Cologne is to he declared in a state of siege.
Frustrate this hope. Whatever may befall us, conduct yourselves calmly.
The Congress is going to take place under any circumstances.
The Rhine Province will sooner shed its last drop of blood than submit to the rule of the sword.
Karl Marx, Karl Schapper, Schneider II