In 1857 the economic crisis that Marx had so often predicted did in fact occur and moved him to a frantic attempt to bring his economic studies to some sort of conclusion. The first mention of this in his correspondence is in a letter to Engels of December 1857 where he says: ‘I am working madly through the nights on a synthesis of my economic studies so that, before the deluge, I shall at least have the outlines clear.’1 A month later he was driven to taking a long course of medicine and admitted that ‘I had overdone my night-time labours, which were accompanied on the one side only by a glass of lemonade but on the other by an immense amount of tobacco.’2
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