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Edward Bibbins Aveling
29 November 1849
|Died||2 August 1898 (aged 48)|
Battersea, London, England
|Other names||E.D., Alec Nelson, T.R.Ernest|
|Education||University College London|
|Occupation(s)||Comparative anatomist, socialist writer, editor, dramatist, translator of Marx's Capital; zoologist|
Isabel Campbell Frank
(m. 1872; died 1892)
Edward Bibbins Aveling (29 November 1849 – 2 August 1898) was an English comparative anatomist and popular spokesman for Darwinian evolution, atheism and socialism. He was also a playwright and actor.
Aveling was the author of numerous scientific books and political pamphlets; he translated Ernst Haeckel, the first volume of Karl Marx's Das Kapital, and Friedrich Engels' Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. He was elected vice-president of the National Secular Society in 1880, a member of the executive council of the Social Democratic Federation and was a founding member of the Socialist League and the Independent Labour Party. Together with William Morris he was the sub-editor of The Commonweal. He was an organizer of the mass movement of the unskilled workers and the unemployed in the late 1880s unto the early 1890s and a delegate to the International Socialist Workers' Congress of 1889. For fourteen years he was the partner of Eleanor Marx, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx, and co-authored many works with her.
Aveling was born on 29 November 1849 in Stoke Newington, in north-east London, England. The fifth of eight children of Rev. Thomas William Baxter Aveling (1815–1884), a Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1877), daughter of Thomas Goodall, farmer and innkeeper, of Wisbech (now in Cambridgeshire).
In 1863 Aveling attended the West of England Dissenters' Proprietary School in Taunton. He was sent there together with his brother Frederick W. Aveling (1851-1937) who later became headmaster of the same school. There is a record of prizes awarded to him in an old school register from 1863-66: "In 1863, he won prizes for Greek, German, Arithmetic and Grammar and was awarded a certificate in French; he is noted as being in Class 11. The following year (in Class 1) the prizes were for Arithmetic and Algebra, together with certificates for French, Greek, Euclid and German. In 1865, he won prizes for Mathematics, Latin and Greek and in 1866 for Writing and Mapping. In each of those years he was one of the Golden Optimi." Of particular importance is young Aveling's early study of German. The English dissenting colleges laid great emphasis on the study of German higher criticism (in the fields of history, philology, science and theology), as it was seen to radically challenge and undermine Anglican orthodoxy. Dissenters were, from the outset, seen by the Church of England as infidels and atheists.
University College London
He left Taunton in 1866, and briefly joined a theatrical troupe that included the actor Henry Irving, in Liverpool and Manchester and later received private tuition in medicine and a German tutor after he returned to his father at Kingsland at the end of the summer. it has been suggested that this tutor was the Adolph Sonnenschein. Twenty months would pass between his leaving Taunton and starting as a medical student at University College London. He was a successful and diligent student, receiving a gold medal in chemistry, a first in practical physiology and histology, and a silver medal in botany. In 1867, he won a medical entrance exhibition of £25. In 1869, he transferred from the medical to the science faculty, winning a £40 Exhibition to study botany and zoology in the subject of zoology. It has recently been claimed that it was the direct influence of Ray Lankester, who was Jodrell Professor of Zoology at UCL from 1874 to 1890, and who also lectured at the associated teaching hospital across Gower Street, University College Hospital, that Aveling made this switch from the medical school to study zoology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours degree in Zoology in 1870. Thomas Henry Huxley was his examiner, Aveling gave the following account in his obituary of Huxley from 1896: "As I remember well, he came himself to collect the papers that we had written in the afternoon of one of the three examination days. Of the six or seven students who were in the exam, I happened to be the only one who had written for the full three hours that had been set for the exam. When Huxley took my work from me, he said to me very kindly: "I am pleased to see that three hours did not seem too long for you to answer only three questions. I wouldn't be surprised if you are the first on the list." At an early age, one is tempted to say his pre-socialist period, Aveling's respect for Huxley's literary style remained key: "The scientific precision, the power of generalization, met with in Professor Huxley's works, have not their value lessened by the exquisite style of that distinguished writer." It is not difficult to see the profound influence of Huxley's early conception of "Science and Religion" (1859) on the young Aveling. With Huxley proclaiming Science and Religion as "mortal enemies" as well as his passionate project for a "New Reformation", wanting to see "the foot of science on the necks of her enemies."
From 1870 to 1872 he worked as an assistant or demonstrator to the physiologist Michael Foster in Cambridge. Foster was then an associate professor at Trinity College, Cambridge. At the same time Foster was a professor of Physiology at the Royal Institute (as was Huxley). On the days that Foster had lectures in London, Aveling had to accompany him and prepare at the laboratory all his apparatus and experiments. He wrote that on many days he was in contact with Huxley and the professor of physics John Tyndall: "Quite often I had to borrow apparatuses or reagents from both of them. Tyndall.... was always more or less unfriendly and either patronizingly condescending, and sometimes downright crude. Huxley, on the other hand, showed himself always as the embodiment of kindness, courtesy and willingness."
College of Preceptors
Aveling was elected as a member of the College of Preceptors on 25 November 1871. It was one of the first professional organizations for teachers and it pioneered formal training by examination for teachers. Aveling read a paper "On the Teaching of Botany in Schools" at the monthly evening meeting of the College of Preceptors on 12 March 1879. George Henslow was in the chair; His lecture began with the images of working-class town children amidst flowers, citing lines from Shelley's "To a Skylark": "faint with too much sweet". His peroration at the end was Darwinian, addressing the apparent perfection of Nature, with the acclaimed Christian Darwinist beside him in the chair, he does, however, refer to "gigantic blunders in the universe". Aveling had not yet publicly emerged as an atheist, but he was clearly very close! What is remarkable here is his emphasis upon the importance of teaching Darwin in schools in 1879.
On 30 July 1872, Aveling married Isabel "Bell" Campbell Frank (1849–1892), the daughter of a Leadenhall poulterer. The marriage service was conducted by Edward's father at the Union Chapel, Islington. They separated amicably after two years but did not divorce and the marriage ended with her death. According to Aveling, the cause of the split was her affair with a parson, although there were rumours, spread by his brother Frederick, that he had only married her for her money. After her separation from Edward she taught music: "A Lady can receive a few pupils for Music.− For terms and hours address Mrs. Edward B. Aveling, 22, Delamere-Terrace, Westbourne park, W. "
Lecturer on Comparative Anatomy at London Hospital
On the front page of Nature (4 November 1875) Aveling had taken out four separate column advertisements all grouped together. At this time he had four teaching positions, Lecturer on Comparative Anatomy at London Hospital, on Natural History at New College, on Animal Physiology and Botany at Birkbeck Institute and on Natural Science at the North London Collegiate School for Girls. Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of these advertisements in the scientific journal that appears to have escaped the notice of all the major biographical works on Eleanor Marx, is that the address he was living at when the advert for resident pupils to join his household was made, is 67, Maitland Park Road. This was the same street that the Marx family moved into when they moved away from Dean Street in Soho in 1864, first at No.1, and then in 1875 at No. 41: "Marx has just moved house. He is living at 41 Maitland Park Crescent, NW London." Aveling and Eleanor were literally neighbours some seven years before their relationship flourished. His next advertisement in Nature (27 September 1877) for preliminary coaching for matriculation at London University now has him with the following letters after his name: D.Sc, F.L.S., as well as living at another address, namely 88, Camden Road, N.W. Joined to this advertising are those from his publishers Hamilton, Adams, & Co., of two of his instructional works on Botany and Physiology, with the former having already entered its third edition.
Aveling obtained a London D. Sc. in 1876 and he was a lecturer on Comparative Anatomy at the London Hospital from 1875 to 1881. In 1876 he was made a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He had been recommended as a Fellow by the botanists George Henslow and Maxwell Tylden Masters, the zoologist James Murie and, remarkably, the biologist St. George Jackson Mivart , who had written On the Genesis of Species (1871) and was at first a close friend of Huxley's and later a critic of Darwin. In 1878 he was also made a Fellow of University College.
Aveling's dismissal from his post was officially announced in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) on 26 November 1881: "The Board of the London Hospital have dismissed Dr. E. B. Aveling from the post of lecturer on comparative anatomy at the medical school of the hospital. Dr. Aveling made a statement of the progress the class had made during his conduct of it, concluding with the assertion that the real reason for his dismissal was his avowal of certain religious and political views of an unpopular nature." It was looked upon as a crass example of the political persecution of secularists, the National Secular Society and their journal The National Reformer that was being extended to the Hall of Science as well. Charles Bradlaugh stated clearly: "Dr. E. B. Aveling has been deprived of his lectureship on Comparative Anatomy at London Hospital because he has publicly identified himself with us." Aveling's election in 1880 to Vice-President of the NSS, points towards the most probable grounds for his dismissal, especially with such close proximity to Bradlaugh who was still endeavouring to take up his seat in Parliament as an elected Northampton MP since 1880.
In 1877(thus three years after his Botanical Tables), he published his "Physiological Tables, for the use of students". The work consisted of detailed structured tables on food, digestion, absorption, circulation, respiration, secretion, nutrition, nervous system, sense organs, motor organs, and voice and skeleton, amongst others. The introduction was dated September at the London Hospital. Aveling suggested to teachers of Physiology that each of these tables "may serve as the foundation of one or more lectures" and that they provided all the physiological facts (except those on reproduction and development), required by the Science and Art Department, South Kensington, and by the ordinary medical examining bodies."
New College, London
Aveling was in the Arts Faculty at New College London, Hampstead, teaching Chemistry and Natural History as a "Lecturer pro tem." New College London, was a congregational academy founded in 1850 with the merging of three former dissenting academies (Daventry, Highbury, and Homerton) into one. Aveling's brother Frederick had studied here and without doubt their father played an influential role. Aveling's professorship at New College can be traced back to 1873 and his name is still given teaching in the Faculty of Arts in 1876, although not by 1878. The course of study at New College extended over five years. Divided into a scientific course of two years and a theological course of three years. The first year's course in 'Natural History' sciences consisted of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology. The second year's course, botany, vegetable physiology, zoology, and comparative and human physiology. Edwin Lankester, the father of Ray Lankester, and translator of the German botanist Matthias Jakob Schleiden's Principles of scientific botany; or Botany as an inductive science.(1849) had been appointed professor of natural sciences at New College London in 1850 and had held this position for over twenty years, until 1872. Aveling's position was as his successor, and he was therefore essentially training men for the Christian Ministry. Throughout these years this would have been very arduous and challenging for him and would have accentuated the differences between religion and science. Illustrating a tradition of sorts, Aveling published his "Botanical Tables, for The Use of Students" (1874) during his tenure at New College, as his introduction clearly shows, and where he states that the tables were only intended to "supplement the actual dissection and observation of plants". Aveling's principal during these years was Rev. Samuel Newth (1821-1898), himself a distinguished scientist who had been a minister at a congregational chapel. Newth had also written elementary textbooks on natural philosophy in the early 1850s, thus together with Edwin Lankester's own writings in this field, it is not difficult to see Aveling carrying on this tradition in his own instructional works. Aveling's laboratory was situated in the tower of New College, from the outset it had been "fitted up with every convenience for chemical and scientific experiments", and Edwin Lankester had been the co-founder of the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science and the laboratory would no doubt have reflected his expertise. The roof of the tower was said to have one of the finest views in London.
From 1872 to 1876 Aveling was also a teacher of elementary physics and botany at Frances Buss's North London Collegiate School for Girls. In 1869 Buss became the first woman Fellow of the College of Preceptors. Aveling also examined boys in physiology during June 1872 from the Orphan Working School in Maitland Park. In October 1872 or the following year he gave a lecture at the Orphanage "at the annual prize-giving fête before an audience of patrons and local notabilities. It was on this occasion that he was introduced to Dr. Karl Marx and their young daughter, Eleanor." Aveling later wrote about this encounter in 1897:
Marx I only saw twice in my life, and once in his. The first time I saw him he was alive, the second time he was dead. A good many years ago now, when I was quite a young man, I gave a lecture on "insects and Flowers" at the Orphan Working School, Haverstock Hill, London. It was a fete-day at the school, and besides the children and their teachers a number of those interested in the school were present. As I was a young man of only one or two and twenty, I do not doubt that the lecture was a very bumptious, self-sufficient performance. After it was over a number of the visitors were introduced to me. I only remember three of them. One of the three was a not very tall, but very powerfully built, man, with tremendous leonine head, and the strongest and yet gentlest eyes I think I ever saw. The second was a lady of singular refinement and high-breeding. The third was a young girl. The man was Karl Marx. The woman was his wife, Jenny von Westphalen. The young girl is now my wife. I remember with what kindness and generosity Marx spoke to me. He spoke in very high terms, terms far too high, of the lecture and prophesied all sorts of good things in the way of future work. It was really as if I were the teacher and he the learner. I fear that at that time I did not nearly properly estimate the inestimable value of such criticism from such a man. The next time I saw him he was lying dead on the simple bed at 45 Maitland Park Road, Haverstock Hill. I stood by the side of his corpse, hand-in-hand with my wife.
In 1874, whilst still teaching at the girls school, he gave a series of evening classes on botany and zoology at the Polytechnic College in Regent Street. "In the following year, having been appointed as a Lecturer in comparative anatomy and biology at the Medical School of the London Hospital, he gave his Polytechnic lessons in the mornings and, although it is not known for how long he was connected with this institute, he gave it as his permanent address up to the end of May 1881."
Professorship of English
As early as 7 January 1879 it was announced:"Edward B. Aveling, D.Sc., Fellow of University College, London, has been elected to the Professorship of English at the Royal Academy of Music." In February 1879 it was still being announced in the musical journals "Edward B. Aveling, D.Sc., Fellow of University College, London, has been elected to the professorship of English at the Royal Academy of Music." In August 1882 he was still sitting on examining boards for Language. The secretary of the Royal Academy of Music, John Gill, still lists Aveling as an examiner for the Prize list of July, 1883. Some of Aveling's musical reviews can be found amidst his dramatic notices in his 'Art Corner' in Annie Besant's six-penny monthly journal Our Corner (1883-1888). He attended the premiere of Anton Dvorák's "Stabat Mater" in England; Aveling, the secularist, writes: "Anton Dvorák has caught that which Rossini almost wholly misses- the intense religious tone essential to the subject". There is here also a description of a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe at the Savoy. When Eleanor and Edward came together in 1890 to write the dramatic notices in Ernest Belfort Bax's Time, there is also a description of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Gondoliers. Aveling particularly praised the impresario Carl Rosa (1842-1889) and his company as "a musical missionary" and he was clearly familiar with his work, writing that "He brings the classical compositions of foreign composers within the understanding hearing of English people who only know their own language. He is not only a missionary but an explorer − a sort of Livingstone in art". Aveling had seen at Drury Lane the English composer Arthur Goring Thomas's opera "Esmeralda" (1883), as well as the Scottish composer Alexander Mackenzie's opera "Colomba" (1883). On Saturday, April 10, 1886 at Crystal Palace he heard Franz Liszt play and reviewed the concert. A bibliography of Aveling's musical reviews has yet to be compiled.
Aveling's secularist credo
In June 1879 he applied for the vacant Chair of Comparative Anatomy at King's College London but on finding that adherence to the Church of England was obligatory he did not pursue his application. Why Aveling wished to knock at the door of Anglican King's College is difficult to say, perhaps it was a deliberate affront to the "medical clerisy" or "medical priesthood" there knowing how they relished in rejecting Nonconformist medical minds. In the National Reformer he wrote of his defiant gesture as the son of a religious dissident and he "consigned them to the flames". In an article later that month in the National Reformer (27 July 1879) Aveling published a statement, that has been called his "secularist credo" entitled "Credo Ergo Laborabo" (I believe, therefore I shall work) declaring that he had become a freethinker:
"I desire to make known in a manner as public as possible that I am a free thinker… I regard it, then, as the duty of everyone who doubts to state openly that he doubts, that everyone who believes he has arrived as a definite conclusion to declare the fact. The duty is mine with especial plainness because for some time past I have written in this journal under the initials E.D. That I have not until this hour openly declared… has been due to no doubt of the cause wherewith I now desire to be identified. It has been due to doubt of myself. In the sacredness and truth of that cause I believe as fully as is within the capacity of my being. But there is ever the possibility of one's own weakness and unworthiness. There is ever the dread of bringing disgrace upon the principle we have publicly declared to be ours. Uncertain therefore of my own power, doubtful of my own worthiness, but full of confidence in freedom of thought and of desire to work therefore I ask for admission into the army of freethinkers and I devote to the cause that is dear to them such thing as I possess…"
He said here that he claimed to have held secularist views for two or three years prior to this credo, that has genuine echoes of Shelley's "The Revolt of Islam" fashioning "linked armour for my soul, before it might walk forth to war among mankind", he had hid his identity by signing articles in the National Reformer with the initials "E.D." He had also published some of his articles on Darwin using these initials. Annie Besant's words of approval and gratitude for this deliverance of a "New Soldier" to the ranks, were as follows: "His language is exquisitely chosen and is polished to the highest extent, so that the mere music of speech is pleasant to the ear. Since to this artistic charm are added scholarship and wide knowledge, with a brilliancy of brain I have not seen surpassed, and a capacity for work without which the intellectual power would be half wasted, our friends will not wonder that we who know him rejoice that our Mistress Liberty has won this new Knight". Dr.Charles Robert Drysdale, founder and first President of the Malthusian League, gave an equally effusive welcome on Aveling's coming out into the open: "We are indeed glad to find another lion hearted combatant added to the ranks of the neo-Malthusians of Great Britain, and one so distinguished as Dr. Aveling has already made himself in the scientific world and in literature. Political economy is the true "science of the poor."" Neo-Malthusianism was an accepted principle of secularism, especially after the Bradlaugh-Besant trial of 1877, at which Drysdale (and his wife) had given evidence.
National Secular Society and the Hall of Science
From September 1879 Aveling gave evening science classes every Wednesday and Thursday at the Hall of Science, 142, Old Street, in East London, which was also the head quarters of the National Secular Society (NSS). Aveling's first public lecture in the Hall of Science on 10 August 1879 was on the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelly. The following week he accompanied Annie Besant to Edinburgh where he acted as chairman for her lecture on "Materialism and Spiritualism". The subjects he taught in his science classes were mathematics, inorganic chemistry, elementary botany, and animal physiology. Both Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and Annie Besant assisted him. Annie Besant wrote in her autobiography:
"At the opening of the new year (1879) I met for the first time a man to whom I subsequently owed much in this department of work—Edward B. Aveling, a D.Sc. of London University, and a marvelously able teacher of scientific subjects, the very ablest, in fact, that I have ever met. Clear and accurate in his knowledge, with a singular gift for lucid exposition, enthusiastic in his love of science, and taking vivid pleasure in imparting his knowledge to others, he was an ideal teacher. This young man, in January, 1879, began writing under initials for the National Reformer, and in February I became his pupil, with the view of matriculating in June at the London University, an object which was duly accomplished."
Aveling's chemistry class was taken by forty-two people including the sisters Alice and Hypatia Bradlaugh. Aveling's second year was more ambitious. He gave evening classes in elementary botany, advanced physiology, elementary mathematics and advanced chemistry. Following the success of their examination results Aveling made an application to the Science and Art Department for a South Kensington grant. The success of the Hall of Science, with its combination of science and radicalism-the courses were attended by mainly adults of the artisan class and predominantly NSS members attracted attention. In 1881-82 (October–May) the Hall of Science started with 212 pupils, all but forty-four of whom were NSS members, and at the end of the year of 110 examination entries it produced thirty-two Firsts, fifty-nine Seconds and only nineteen Fails. Encouraged by the examination results in January 1882 Aveling also started a class to prepare candidates for London University matriculation.
This state of affairs enraged the establishment anti-secularists and in particular the Conservative MP Sir Henry Tyler, who disliked Bradlaugh, and he brought into question the appropriateness of Aveling's employment with the Science and Art Department of the Government. On 23 August 1881 Tyler asked a question on the floor of the House of Commons to A. J. Mundella, who served in Gladstone's government as Vice-President of the Committee of the Council on Education from 1880 to 1885, if the courses undertaken in the Hall of Science and their teachers had any connections or claims to financial support from the government. He was concerned "….whether it was correct that Dr. Aveling [who] had recently written that the principles involved in the construction of the frog were "condemnatory of God," and whether he considered that anyone publishing such ideas was a fit teacher for a school in connection with the Science and Art Department, and whether such teaching received the sanction of Her Majesty's Government?"
The reference to certain properties of the frog was Aveling's clever rejoinder to the teachings of the theologian William Paley and his watchmaker analogy as an attempt at a teleological argument for the existence of God using specified complexity. The historian of science, Evelleen Richards has written: "The Press had a field day. The Standard wondered whether the frog was a Conservative or Radical, while the Evening News pointed out that "men like Professor Huxley, who are in receipt of large Government salaries, hold and teach the same doctrines on the evolution theory as Dr. Aveling"- a connection that may have gratified Aveling but hardly Huxley who was, among other things, Director of the Science and Arts Department that had certified Besant's teaching qualification and eligibility for a government grant." Bradlaugh himself mentioned this state of affairs in December something that he saw as an insidious form of persecution extending to his family and colleagues:
"At the present moment there is a notice on the Order Book of the House of Commons for the purpose of preventing Dr. E. B. Aveling, for the purpose of preventing Mrs. Besant, for the purpose of preventing my daughters from teaching, as they are entitled to teach, in this Hall — nay, for the purpose of preventing the building itself from being utilised for educational purposes. Shame ! I should have thought that those who cannot agree with us in religious matters would have been glad to see us endeavouring to educate ourselves."
Undeterred Sir Henry Tyler raised the matter of the "Trinity" (i.e. Bradlaugh, Besant & Aveling) again on 21 March 1882 when he asked Mundella, whether Dr. Aveling and Mrs. Besant are still employed in connection with the Science and Art Department of the Government? He also gave notice that he would ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if his attention had been called to "a series of articles recently published in the National Reformer, of which the Junior Member for Northampton [i.e. Bradlaugh himself] and Mrs. Besant are the editors, under the heading of "The Christ of Dr. Aveling," and…. in particular to a passage in the "National Reformer" of March 5, 1882; and, whether he will refer to the Public Prosecutor the question of preferring an indictment for blasphemy against the editors of the "National Reformer?" The hon. Member said, he would hand the extracts to the Clerk at the Table, as they were too horrible to read to the House."
Aveling himself gave regular accounts of these parliamentary debates and controversies in The National Reformer, and he was thankful for, what he called the "gratuitous advertisement" for his science classes at the Hall of Science saying that enrolments had increased due to all the free publicity. The threats petered out and Henry Butterfield concluded that Mundella's refusal to join in the "witch-hunt" on Aveling and his associates reflected to his credit, he reached the conclusion that "This case was a side-issue in the great controversy over the admission of the free-thinker Bradlaugh to the House of Commons, and it involved Dr. Edward Aveling and Mrs. Annie Besant, two of his associates." However, Tyler's charges against George William Foote and the Blasphemy charge did go ahead.
In 1880 at their annual conference Aveling was elected vice-president of the National Secular Society. He gave a lecture "On the Relation between Science and Freethought" in which he maintained that most scientists are consciously or unconsciously atheists. This would be a subject that he would discuss in person with Charles Darwin the following year.
Aveling had accompanied Bradlaugh along with his two daughters into Westminster Hall, at his forcible expulsion from the house in August 1881. On the Wednesday night there was a public meeting held in the Hall of Science, "Mr. Bradlaugh on entering the hall was enthusiastically cheered…" "Dr. Aveling said the scene enacted in Westminster Palace-yard that day was the most extraordinary ever witnessed, and he admired the patience of the people who had been spectators of it. The police had been engaged in what was a highly illegal act."
Aveling as Interim Editor of Foote's 'Progress' and 'The Freethinker'
In 1882, the English secularist George William Foote founded the magazine Progress. A monthly magazine of advanced thought, its sub-editor Joseph Mazzini Wheeler. Following Foote's imprisonment and Wheeler's tragic illness, Aveling became the editor of this magazine from April 1883-March 1884, it is claimed that he was assisted by Annie Besant, Eleanor Marx and William Archer. Eleanor Marx had published as early as March in Progress and that in May and June 1883 the two articles on her father appeared who had died on 14 March 1883. Her first article was biographical, the second "Karl Marx II [Karl Marx's Theory of Value]" explained the theory of surplus value, clearly using unpublished manuscripts. "Thus Eleanor Marx, became her father's first biographer and posthumous exponent of his economic theory." Aveling also edited Foote's magazine, The Freethinker. Aveling became a member of the regular staff of the Freethinker in January 1882. When Foote was imprisoned for blasphemy in 1883 he took over the editorship. The cartoons mainly responsible for Foote being prosecuted in 1882 were stopped by Aveling during his interim editorship, and they were resumed in 1884. Aveling was chiefly responsible for a memorial calling on Sir William Harcourt to intervene in Foote's case, as Foote himself wrote. "The signatures were procured, at great expense of time and labour, by Dr. E.B. Aveling and an eminent psychologist who desired to avoid publicity." Among the fifty-four names and various editors were: G. J. Romanes, Francis Galton, Herbert Spencer, Henry Sidgwick, George Howard Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Ray Lankester, Leslie Stephen, Professor Tyndall, Professor Alexander Bain, Professor E.S. Beesly, Professor Herbert Foxwell, Professor Robert Adamson, Professor George Croom Robertson, R. H. Moncrieff, and Rev. Charles Beard. Foote said:"I doubt whether such a memorial, signed by so many illustrious men, was ever before presented to a Home Secretary for the release of any prisoners. But it made no impression on Sir William Harcourt, for the reason that the signatories were not politicians, but only men of genius." The title page of the edition of The Freethinker from 28 October 1883, is a curiosum in publishing history, as it has Aveling described as the "Interim Editor" and that further, William James Ramsey, the proprietor, had been sentenced to nine months' imprisonment and Henry Arthur Kemp, as printer and publisher, had been sentenced to three months' imprisonment.
Aveling's standing as a socialist is best summed up as a translator of volume I of Karl Marx's Capital into English; a member of the Social Democratic Federation from 1884, a founder of the Socialist League (December 1884); an organiser of the mass movement of the unskilled workers and the unemployed in the late 1880s unto the early 1890s; as a delegate to the International Socialist Workers' Congress of 1889 and as a Chairman of the Central Committee for a Legal Eight Hours' Day. As the husband of Eleanor Marx this standing was historically cemented, particularly on the American lecture tour of 1886-87 and his reception in America. As Eleanor would herself describe him "the only scientific man among the Freethought leaders", in some respects he became to be seen as the embodiment of the English scientific socialist.
In November 1882 he was elected to represent Westminster on the London School Board. Huxley had been elected to the LSB in 1870. As a candidate Aveling received the cross party support of the SDF and NSS, and he advocated free elementary schooling for the working class. His commitment to teaching Darwinism in the classroom was already well known.
On 17 March 1883, Aveling attended the funeral of Karl Marx at Highgate Cemetery in London together with Eleanor, Charles Longuet, Paul Lafargue, Friedrich Engels, Helena Demuth, Georg Lochner, Friedrich Lessner, Wilhelm Liebknecht, Carl Schorlemmer, Ernest Radford, Gottlieb Lembke and Sir Ray Lankester.
Aveling gave a speech on 16 March 1884 at Highgate Cemetery to celebrate the anniversary of Marx's death together with the proclamation of the Paris Commune. It had to be held outside, as the gates had been closed and were defended by a force of 500 police. Eleanor Marx described his speech so:
"The first speaker was Dr. Edward Aveling whose splendid speech touched the hearts of all his hearers- who, thanks to his lungs, were many. He said they had assembled to celebrate the memory of a dead man, and for the sake of a living cause- the cause which that man had laboured for all his life, and whose triumphs his clear eyes had foreseen. That cause nothing could prevent from triumphing, but its speedy triumph depended upon us- upon the workers of all countries, upon our solidarity, our energy, our self-sacrifice.. After Dr. Aveling, Frohme, the representative of the German Social Democrats, spoke- and spoke admirably." In her regular article "Record of the International Popular Movement", concerning England she described him in these terms: "Among the Secularists good work is being done too, Dr. Edward Aveling- the only scientific man among the Freethought leaders- working hard for "the cause." He has given successful Socialist lectures in Manchester and Birmingham, and is shortly to visit Liverpool."
On 20 April 1884 Aveling delivered a speech at the Baskerville Hall in Birmingham
In August 1884 Aveling and Eleanor Marx joined the SDF and they were both elected to the executive council of the Social Democratic Federation, but the couple separated from the SDF at the end of the year along with William Morris, Belfort Bax, Robert Banner, J. Cooper, W.J. Clarke, Joseph Lane, J. L. Mahon and Samuel Mainwaring. in the acrimonious split or schism which then formed the Socialist League. Henry Hyndman's jealousy of Aveling has been noted by both E. P. Thompson and Philip Henderson:
"But Hyndman made no secret of the fact that he regarded Eleanor Marx and Aveling as nothing but emissaries of Engels and as representing the foreign element in British socialism. He was also jealous of Aveling's abilities as a theoretician, for Aveling was a brilliant scientist, a Fellow of University College, Vice-President of the National Secular Society, a member of the London School Board for Westminster, and the author of many books on secularism and Darwinism."
In his correspondence at the time (particularly with Andreas Scheu and James Leigh Joynes) Morris explained how Hyndman's behaviour towards the Avelings was atrocious and unbearable, he accused Eleanor of forgery, and wanted Aveling to resign from the SDF as he had done so from the NSS because of Bradlaugh's charges of financial mismanagement or, as Morris puts it: "the malversation of funds". His hatred went deeper, when Morris and the SDF executive wanted more control over the journal Justice, he had written to Morris on November 27 that "the change is especially wanted by the very persons- Dr. Aveling and Mrs. Aveling- who, owing to Bax's weakness, ruined To-Day by their prejudices and advertising puffery of themselves" Before their last meeting of the SDF, Morris and Aveling visited Frederick Engels at 122, Regent's Park Road to discuss their proposed paper The Commonweal. Morris's account of this is given in a letter to Scheu: "Aveling summoned me to go up to Engels on Saturday important business: I was uncomfortable rather wondering what it was. Aveling told me it was about the 'Commonweal'. that Engels thought we should have no chance of carrying on a weekly, & had better try a monthly at first at any rate. Aveling seemed rather inclined to stick to the weekly. I saw Engels who said that we were weak in political knowledge & journalistic skill, and that we should find it very difficult to carry on a weekly paper really well, without stuffing it with rubbish and so on. I must confess that though I don't intend to give way to Engels his advice is valuable; and on this point I am inclined to agree." The first number with Morris as editor and Aveling as sub-editor appeared at the beginning of February 1885. Eleanor contributed regularly to The Commonweal. She resumed her gathering of news items from abroad, now under the title "Record of the Revolutionary International Movement", having used a similar title contributing to To-day: monthly magazine of scientific socialism.
In April 1884, Engels accepted Aveling's offer to help in translating the first volume of Karl Marx's book Das Kapital. As he was busying himself with the translation Aveling gave four lessons on Marx's Capital in a series of classes to the Westminster branch of the SDF between November–December 1884. Although Aveling had proposed his lectures in September, it was only in Mid-October that the executive of the SDF finally "approved the action of the Westminster branch in establishing 'gratuitous Social Science classes")However, after both Aveling and Eleanor left the SDF for the new Socialist League, he immediately proposed re-running the lessons in an expanded form, into two series of eight lessons, intended to summarize Volume 1 of Capital. Aveling's lectures were strongly supported by William Morris. [February 28] 1885 Wednesday "I went to Oxford with the Avelings: we went by the early train, and all turned out well, and even amusing" (William Morris to Georgina Burne-Jones, February 28, 1885, in Letters, op. cit., p. 393.) The publication of Aveling's "Lessons in Socialism, I. -XI." (1885) in The Commonweal was interrupted by the first American journey.
These lessons had tremendous significance for the English working class movement such that a full year before the publication of the English translation of Capital it was not unusual to read the following: "Leicester sends interesting report of lectures by Eleanor Marx-Aveling and G. B. Shaw. The Branch is about to form a class for the study of Economics on the basis of Karl Marx, with Aveling's " Lessons " as text-book." In his first Lesson on Scientific Socialism, Edward Aveling, acknowledged how he had become generally known for his work on Darwin:
"The object of this article, and of those that may follow it, is to give some evidence of the fact that Socialism is based on grounds as scientific and as irrefragable as the theory of Evolution. But, as one who is mainly known to the general public as a student and interpreter of Charles Darwin, I cannot refrain from saying that precisely the same methods of observation, recordal, reflection and generalisation that have made his ideas convincing to me have, as applied to history and economics, convinced me of the truth of Socialism. Again and again we hear sneers at scientific Socialism. These are, as a rule, forthcoming from those whose ignorance of Science and of Socialism are on a par. In some rare cases, however, the contempt is poured on us and on a greater than us, ours, by those who ought to know, and in a few cases do know, better."
The decision to change The Commonweal from a monthly to a weekly meant that Aveling could not continue his role as sub-editor. He published the following apology: "AN EXPLANATION. The change of the Commonweal from a monthly to a weekly prevents my retaining the responsible position of one of its editors, as the necessary demands of a weekly on an editor's time can only be met by those in relatively more fortunate positions. The amount of time and work given by me to the paper in its new form will be not less than have been given heretofore. Edward Aveling"
In 1891 Aveling rewrote and published the full set of these lessons as The Student's Marx.
In Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. Vol. I. (1887) he translated the chief historical and narrative parts: Part III. The Production of Absolute Surplus-Value. Chapter X. (The Working-Day, sects. i-vii), Chapter XI. (Rate and Mass of Surplus-Value), Part VI. Wages. Chapters XIX. (The Transformation of the Value (and respectively the Price) of Labour-Power into Wages, Chapter XX. (Time-Wages), Chapter XXI. (Piece-Wages), Chapter XXII. (National Difference of Wages), the last part of Part VII. The Accumulation of Capital. Chapter XXIV., Chapter XXV. (The General Law of Capitalist Accumulation), all of Part VIII. The So-called Primitive Accumulation. Chapters XXVI. -XXXIII., and the forewords by Marx to the first[London, July 25, 1867] and second[London, 24, 1873] German editions. Eleanor Marx worked in the British Museum revising the notes.
Aveling also translated Engels' Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1892) a work published in 1880 that Sir Isaiah Berlin described as "the best brief autobiographical appreciation of Marxism by one of its creators".
Aveling and Eleanor both participated in two important free-speech demonstrations, namely Dod Street on 20 September 1885 and the free-speech demonstration at Stratford on 29 May 1886. Both appeared as witnesses in the magistrate's court for William Morris who had been arrested at Dod Street. Aveling gave an account of the 29 May meeting in Commonweal under the title Socialists and Free Speech His last lecture in England before leaving for America was entitled "How to bring about the Social Revolution." delivered at Arlington Hall, Rathbone Place, in Oxford Street, on August 20.
The American Journey of Agitation 1886
In 1886, Eleanor Marx and Aveling travelled to New York on the SS City of Chicago arriving on 31 August to tour the United States and to campaign for the Socialist Labor Party of America. Wilhelm Liebknecht arrived in New York a little later to raise money for the German Social Democrats, who were suffering under the Anti-Socialist Laws. August Bebel had also been invited but had to decline because of health issues. Engels had written to Bebel in January 1886 suggesting he make this trip: "It might, in fact, be a very pleasant experience. For Tussy and Aveling have been corresponding with American free-thinkers about the possibility of a trip to that country, and would like to combine it with yours. They expect to hear within the next 3 or 4 weeks. If it comes off, the four of you would make agreeable travelling companions." On 30 September 1866, the three spoke at Brommer's Union Park in front of twenty-five thousand people."Dr Aveling and his wife made addresses in English, and Herr Liebknecht spoke in German" The "Workmen's Advocate" described his speech so in an article entitled "A Hearty Welcome. Twenty-five Thousand People Greet Liebknecht and the Avelings":
"Then Dr. Aveling stood up before the cheering crowd. He spoke clearly and deliberately, expressing his gratification at the manner of their reception. Impressing it upon the minds of his hearers that socialism intended to change the present condition of society by organization and education. Noticing the array of policemen present Dr. Aveling said: "I hope the police will go back to their employers and tell them that a socialist meeting needs no police. We can preserve order without their presence." He complimented the Germans for their zeal in the cause, and declared that the American workmen would soon feel the necessity for cooperating in the work of reforms." The Avelings wrote a series of articles for the ""Workmen's Advocate" that closely followed with detailed reports of the "Propaganda Tour", articles on conditions of life in the United States. Many of these were later revised and incorporated into their book, The Working Class Movement in America.
All three defended the anarchists convicted of conspiracy after the Chicago Square Haymarket riots of 4 May 1886, the so called Haymarket affair. Four anarchists were convicted of throwing a bomb that killed one policeman: August Spies, Albert R. Parsons, George Engel, and Adolph Fischer who were hung on 11 November 1887. Louis Lingg who was also condemned, committed suicide in his jail cell beforehand. According to the historian James R. Green, Liebknecht and the Avelings even visited the Cook county jail where they were being held.
The Haymarket incident has been described as "the first major 'red scare' in American history, (that) produced a campaign of 'red-baiting' which has rarely been equalled." The socialists, usually lumped together with the anarchists despite their mutual and intense antagonisms, became easy targets for vicious attacks by editors, politicians and professional patriots."The Chicago Times" wrote that the Avelings were unwelcome in Chicago and they feared a revolutionary repeat of the events; some papers were writing encouraging violence against them, with headlines such as:""Dr. Aveling and Wife. The Proper Sort of Reception to a Pair of Dangerous Socialists." (Chicago Times). It was declared: "Dr. Aveling, the English Socialist who has come to this country to rescue the Chicago Anarchists from the gallows…", Eleanor was called his "vitriolic spouse" and any respectable Americans should have nothing to do with these "firebrands of the Aveling-Liebknecht variety". Some editors of American newspapers after his return to England went so far as to put Aveling's name and August Spies in the same headline. Edward and Eleanor became "The London pair of anarchists" and "the pair of apostles" in the yellow press. At a meeting on the 8 November at the Chicago Aurora Turner Hall, Aveling was quoted as saying:
"Your newspapers," he said, "have not only called us names, they have misrepresented us. From the outset they have attributed to us views that we have never held… Now these same newspapers… have further been doing everything they possibly can to get public opinion so biased against the men that are now in jail… I am a journalist myself, and I tell you frankly that in all my experience I have never seen anything so wicked, anything so disgraceful as the conduct of your Chicago papers in respect to that trial, and in their attempts to vitiate public opinion since. I tell you that I do not hold the same views as the anarchists, but I should be less than a man if I did not in this huge meeting make it my first business to say that if those men are hanged it is the Chicago Times and Tribune that will have hanged them."
Between September and December 1886 they lectured in New York, St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Bridgeport, Minneapolis and many other cities including Chicago. Aveling took with him his "Rand & MacNally" guides, which he described as "the "Bradshaws" of the States" After their return to London on 4 January 1887, they wrote a book for English readers detailing the situation of the left-wing political movement and trade unions in the US, which they said was populated by "unconscious socialists," people who shared socialist values but disclaimed socialist ideas. Aveling and Marx wrote:
The mass of American Workers had scarcely any more conception of the meaning of Socialism than had 'their betters.' They also had been grievously misled by capitalist papers and capitalist economists and preachers. Hence it came to pass that after most of our meetings we were met by Knights of Labour, Central Labour Union men, and members of other working-class organisations, who told us that they, entering the place antagonists to Socialism as they fancied, had discovered that for a long time past they had been holding its ideas.
On 21 December Aveling had spoken at a mass demonstration of the American SLP in New York and suggested that the SLP and the Knights of Labour should merge. A few days later at a party meeting of the SLP,Aveling repeated this idea that was rejected by the SLP chairman Wilhelm Rosenberg, it led to a serious rift and Aveling charged Rosenberg with pursuing "German-speaking sectarianism". Rosenberg retaliated and the SLP initiated the charges of overspending that would have serious repercussions for Aveling's reputation.
During his time in the Socialist League Aveling wrote and translated various socialist texts but nonetheless remained unpopular in the movement, the object of a steady stream of gossip and accusations as a result of the America trip and the charges of financial impropriety that were raised against him. Also unpopular in Germany. Harald Wessel has published a photo of a receipt for $560 dated November 30, 1886 that is held at the secret archive of the Prussian Ministry of the Interior. Otto von Bismarck hired the Pinkerton Detective Agency, the private forerunners of the US secret services, to spy on Wilhelm Liebknecht and the Avelings.
Aveling gave his own individual account "notes" of this first American journey that appear to have had less attention giving to it, presumably because it appeared after his second one from 1888, and has escaped the notice of biographers. "An American Journey by Edward Aveling." (New York:, Lovell, Gestefeld & Company, 1892), is an unusual document, that from the very beginning stamps its theatrical feel to it. The introduction also says that:
The writer of the notes upon America that follow left Liverpool on August 31, 1886, and returned to Liverpool on January 3, 1887. During the fifteen weeks' stay in the United States, forty-four towns in all were visited, and in his capacity as lecturer, journalist, and dramatic critic, the writer came into contact with a great number of Americans of all grades of society, and all shades of opinion. He only claims for his notes that they are the unprejudiced record, made at the time and on the spot, of things as they appeared to him. He is conscious that in many cases they are the results of first impressions ; but, at all events, first impressions are more frequent than any other, and it may not be useless for Americans to see, not now for the first time, how they strike a stranger coming in their midst.
Almost the whole of these sketches are reprints from articles sent to England during the writer's stay in America. He desires to express his thanks to-the editors of the New York World, Boston Herald, Topical Times, Court and Society Review, Journalist, Pall Mall Gazette, and Journal of Education, of London, and the Sunday Chronicle, of Manchester, for permission to use his contributions to their respective journals.
Eleanor hardly appears in his account, and is only mentioned a few times. He refers to her in some places as "Saccharissa". This was the name that the poet Edmund Waller (1606–87) gave for Lady Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Leicester who was the subject of his youthful love poems, the so-called Sacharissa cycle or the love-songs to Sacharissa, why Aveling chose an additional "c" for Eleanor is unclear. The following remark is a particularly fascinating one: "My readers may smile at my enthusiasm, but I am bound to place on record the fact that Buffalo Bill produced upon me on my first meeting him the effect that has been produced on me by two other men, and by two other men only, in my life. Those two are Charles Darwin and Henry Irving."
On their return the Avelings stayed with Engels working on the translation of Das Kapital and they wrote about America, co-authored articles appeared in "die Neue Zeit" and in "To-Day" on the Chicago anarchists. On 23 March 1887 Aveling gave a lecture on "Socialism in America" at Clerkenwell in the Hall of the Socialist League, 13 Farringdon Road, E.C., it was reported "to a large and attentive audience; good discussion followed." Shortly after Eleanor, on April 6, also gave a talk there on "Socialism in Europe and America."
On 11 April 1887, Aveling and Eleanor Marx gave a speech against the passage of the Anti-Coercion bill and for Irish independence at a rally of over 100,000 people in Hyde Park, London. On 19 May 1887 Aveling gave a lecture on "Radicalism and Socialism" at The Communist Club, that was then situated at 49, Tottenham Street. In August the Avelings had a holiday in Stratford-on-Avon, renting out a cottage, and the two of them joyfully immersed themselves in Shakespearean life: "We have been over his home, and seen the old guild Chapel...and the old grammar school- unchanged- whither he went "unwillingly to school"; and his grave in Trinity Church, and Ann Hathaway's cottage, still just as it was when Master Will went a-courting, and Mary Arden's cottage at Wilecote- the prettiest place of all." In August 1888, the branch to which Aveling and Marx belonged separated from the anarchist-dominated Socialist League in favour of an independent existence as the Bloomsbury Socialist Society.
Both Aveling and Eleanor participated in the 13 November 1887 "Bloody Sunday" at Trafalgar Square, London. On 7 December 1887 Aveling lectured on "Despotism from a Socialist Standpoint" at the Clerkenwell Hall of the Socialist League.
Second American Journey of 1888
Aveling's second journey was intentionally dramatic. According to Holmes: "Buoyed up by the positive reception for his adaptation of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Edward thought he'd try his luck at conquering the American stage. He told Eleanor he had been invited to put on three of his plays in New York, Chicago and 'God knows where else besides'(Engels)." What Frederick Engels called a flying visit ("eine Spritztour"), primarily to see his nephew, that went off quietly and intentionally in secret so as not to arouse the attention of German socialists in New York, he left with Karl Schorlemmer, Eleanor and Aveling. They set sail on August 9 on the SS City of Berlin. They arrived in New York on 17 August 1888 where the Avelings stayed at the St. Nicholas hotel on Broadway. Eleanor wrote to Laura Lafargue"... Edward will... have to take care of theatre rehearsals for the next few days.") on August 27 they were in Boston "where they remained several days. They next travelled by way of Niagara Falls to Toronto, then by boat to Montreal, and from Montreal they returned to New York via Plattsburg. On September 19 the party sailed back to Europe." The party visited Concord reformatory, a prison and Struik in his article obtained the following information:"Mr. John C. Dolan, the present Superintendent of the Reformatory, had the kindness to write me the following note, dated Jan. 20, 1948: "Our records show that on August 30, 1888, the Massachusetts Reformatory was favoured with a visit from Edward Aveling, D.Sc., the noted Socialist leader of London, England, and his wife; Professor C. Schorlemmer of Owens College, Manchester, England, and Mr. Frederick Engels, Essayist of London, England." Their itinerary can be discerned from Engels' correspondence with Sorge. "Today Aveling is finishing his whole work in America. The remaining time is free. Whether we go to Chicago is still uncertain, for the rest of the program we have plenty of time." What this work is, or Engels' program consisted of, is uncertain, but presumably theatrical as there is also mention of a production in Chicago of one of Aveling (Alec Nelson's) plays.
After leaving the Socialist League, Aveling became active in the National Union of Gasworkers and General Labourers of Great Britain and Ireland, founded in 1889 for whom he served as an auditor.
Aveling was Chairman of the Central Committee for a Legal Eight Hours' Day. He gave many lectures on the legal eight hours' day. The secretaries of the Committee were W. W. Bartlett and T. E. Wardle.
When Charles Bradlaugh died in 1891 as a Liberal MP for Northampton, Aveling was encouraged to stand as a candidate by the Social Democratic Federation in Northampton and the Gasworkers' union. Problems arose with raising a sum for the necessary financial deposit and Hyndman's treachery.
At the beginning of the year Aveling was closely working with Engels on his translation of Socialism: Utopian and Scientific: "spent the whole of this morning in conference with Aveling, sorting out his translation of Entwicklung des Sozialismus" Friedrich Engels in a letter to Conrad Schmidt, London 12 September 1892, had read an essay of his in die Neue-Zeit and had written: "If there were a review over here that would take it, I would, with your permission, get Aveling to translate it under my supervision." Following the Bradford TUC summit in January 1893 Eleanor and Edward toured the Black country, including Dudley and Wolverhampton.
Aveling in Scotland addressed socialist meetings in Aberdeen on 10 and 12 June 1892.
Aveling assisted John Lister in his campaign as a candidate for the ILPs first parliamentary seat at the Halifax by-election in February 1893.
Aveling writing political reports for theVolks-Zeitung. Engels somewhat critical: "The masses are unmistakably in motion; you are getting the details from Aveling's somewhat longwinded reports in the Volkszeitung."
In April/May 1893 Aveling was ill and went to Hastings to recuperate. Edward, Eleanor and Engels attend The International Socialist Workers Congress, Zürich 1893 that met from 6 to 13 August.
Edward and Eleanor move to 7 Gray's Inn Square.
Aveling went to the Scilly Isles (St. Mary's) for seven weeks (October/November) for convalescence for his Kidney problems. Also writes a series of travel articles for Robert Blatchford's, weekly socialist newspaper "The Clarion" using the name 'Alec Nelson'. On his return Eleanor was horrified to discover that his abscess had grown significantly, as she graphically wrote to her sister Laura, and sent for a doctor. In March 1895 Edward and Eleanor went to Hastings for health reasons, Eleanor concerned writing to Liebknecht that they were taking lots of fresh air: "Still, he is not very strong yet."
End of June Edward and Eleanor joined Engels in Eastbourne, who was suffering from throat cancer. According to Holmes Eleanor and Engels "discussed Edward's nomination as a parliamentary candidate by the Independent Labour Party. The nomination came from the Glasgow Central branch of the ILP. Engels asked 'Tussy' for all the papers and information and read them assiduously. He advised Edward to refuse the nomination as he surmised, correctly, that it was a political trap."
Soon after returning from Eastbourne Edward and Eleanor left their Gray's Inn Square abode and moved to a country cottage, Green Street Green, at Orpington in Kent.
Aveling spoke at Friedrich Engels funeral on 10 August 1895 (together with Samuel Moore, Herr Schlachtendal, Wilhelm Liebknecht, Paul Lafargue, August Bebel, Edward Anseele, Van der Goes, and the Russian's Vera Zasulich (1849-1919) and Feliks Volkhovsky (1846-1914). The cremated ashes of Engels were cast into the sea on 27 August 1895 at Eastbourne, near Beachy Head lighthouse. Eleanor, Edward, Friedrich Lessner and Eduard Bernstein were in the boat on what was a very stormy day.
In September 1895 Edward and Eleanor were in Scotland, addressing SDF and ILP branches in Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Blantyre and Greenock, returning on the 15th. 14 December the Avelings move into an opulent house "The Den" 7 Jew's Walk, a house that could boast having both gas and electricity.
Aveling was a founding member and was elected to the National Administrative Council of the Independent Labour Party by the 1893 Conference which established the organisation. Friedrich Engels was optimistic and encouraging about this, writing to Sorge. "Aveling was right to join and to accept a seat on the Executive. If the petty private ambitions and intrigues of the London would-be-greats are slightly held in check here and the tactics do not turn out too wrong-headed, the Independent Labour Party may succeed in detaching the masses from the Social-Democratic Federation and in the provinces from the Fabians too, and thus forcing unity." Aveling's communications with Engels at this time as revealed in Engels' letter to Bebel, show an astonishing form of political intimacy: "I continue. What Aveling told me confirms the suspicion I already had, namely, that Keir Hardie secretly cherishes the wish to lead the new party in a dictatorial way, just as Parnell led the Irish, and that moreover he tends to sympathise with the Conservative Party rather than the Liberal opposition." He left that group to rejoin the Marxist Social Democratic Federation in 1896, despite his long-standing personal and political quarrel with SDF leader Henry Hyndman.
In the summer of 1897 Edward and Eleanor travelled to Paris.
In novels and plays we always want the author's personality to be merged into that of his characters.— Aveling
When Aveling left university he became manager of a "company of strolling players" and later, became established as a dramatic critic under the name, "Alec Nelson", and he wrote several "curtain-raisers" and one-act plays. Examples of his dramatic criticism, and the innumerable theatres he visited, can be found in his many contributions to Annie Besant's journal Our Corner. In Ernest Belfort Bax and James Leigh Joynes' To-Day: The Monthly Magazine of Scientific Socialism (1884–85), in which Aveling reviewed dramatic works on Ibsen and Shakespeare. In Progress A Monthly Magazine.(1883-1885) Edited by G. W. Foote.(Aveling took over as Interim Editor of Progress from April 1883 to February 1884), where there are frequently reviews of plays, as well as an article on Henry Irving. Of particular importance are especially the "Dramatic Notes", that were published in E. B. Bax's monthly shilling journal Time, they were written together by Edward and Eleanor from January 1890 to March 1891, and were always signed "Alec Nelson and E M A." Their first joint review of "La Tosca" in English at the Garrick theatre, London, was prefixed with a declaration of critical intent from Edward and Eleanor:
In these notes, the attempt will be made to write upon plays criticisms that are the conjoint judgment of two people. And these two people will be a man and a woman, whose opinions, however generally at one they may be, are at least certain to present any variations that may be essentially due to sex-difference. Whatever is the result of this method of working, it has, at least, the recommendation of novelty, as this is, as far as we know, the first serious attempt at the collaboration in criticism of a man and a woman.
Further examples of his dramatic criticism can be found in his An American Journey (1892) in Chap. XVIII on American Theatres. He wrote more than ten successful plays, including an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter that was brought out at the Olympic on 5 June 1888. Aveling visited Salem- which he compared with Stratford-upon-Avon- and gave an account of his visit re-treading the paths of Nathaniel Hawthorne's work, "At Salem, as at Stratford, times and again, at places and places, no word should be spoken." By August, he was supervising the mounting of three different plays in New York, Chicago and, in the words of Engels, "God knows where besides." His last known piece was Judith Shakespeare, adapted from Mr. William Black's novel, and performed at the Royalty on 6 February 1894.
The following plays and the dates of the first performances are determined according to Chushichi Tsuzuki and Deborah Lavin:
- Edward Aveling: True Hearts [comedy] 9 December 1877.
- Edward Aveling: The Tale of Beryn February 1878.
- Alec Nelson: A Test. London, 15. Dezember 1885.
- Alec Nelson: As in a Looking Glass. London 1887.
- Alec Nelson: By the Sea London 25. November 1887.
This was Aveling's free adaptation of the French poet and novelist, André Theuriet's play Jean-Marie, when it was performed in 1887, Eleanor played the heroine.
- Alec Nelson: The Love Philtre. Torquay Januar 1888.
- Alec Nelson: Scarlet Letter. London 5. Juni 1888.
Frederick Engels wrote to Eleanor's sister, Laura Larfargue, to ask her if she would be attending the matinée of Aveling's play. The letter provides a good background to his work as a dramatist, one that Engels clearly had great confidence in:
…and surely you ought to be present at Edward's great dramatic triumph on the 5th of June when his dramatisation of N. Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter is to be brought out [for the first time]at a matinée. Of Edward's remarkable preliminary successes in the dramatic line you will have heard. He has sold about half a dozen or more pieces which he had quietly manufactured; some have been played in the provinces with success, some he has brought out here himself with Tussy at small entertainments, and they have taken very much with the people that are most interested in them, viz. with such actors and impresarios as will bring them out. If he has now one marked success in London, he is a made man in this line and will soon be out of all difficulties. And I don't see why he should not, he seems to have a remarkable knack of giving to London what London requires
- Alec Nelson: For Her Sake. New and original drama in one act. Produced for the first time, Friday afternoon, 22 June 1888, at the Olympic Theatre.
This may have been first performed a little later as Engels had written to F. A. Sorge: "Aveling is back in London for a play that is to be performed tonight— his fifth, while his sixth will probably be performed next week. There can be no doubt that, by devoting himself to drama, 'He has struck oil', as the Yankees say."
- Alec Nelson: The Landlady. London 4. April 1889.[comedietta]
- Alec Nelson: Dregs. London 16. Mai 1889.
- Alec Nelson: The Jackal. London 28. November 1889.
- Alec Nelson: Madcap. London 17. Oktober 1890.
- Alec Nelson: The Frog. London Oktober 1893.
Eleanor writes Edward is "out supping with some theatrical friends...."
- Alec Nelson: Judith Shakespeare. London Februar 1894.
Aveling also prepared a fairy extravaganza for Christmas 1889 entitled "Snow White" to be included amongst the dramatis personae were seven dwarfs. The theatre manager Willie Edouin was responsible at the Strand theatre.
It can be said that politics and arts always coalesced, especially during the period of the Social Democratic Federation and their so called "Art Evenings" at which William Morris and Aveling gave readings and George Bernard Shaw played piano duets with Annie Besant and Kathleen Ina. Aveling published a considerable amount of poetry in Progress that has been hardly acknowledged. Poems such as "Alone with my Ale-Can", "Life and Death", "From the South" and exquisitely written botanical poems that were clearly influenced by Shelley's own poem "The Sensitive Plant" (1820), such as "Melodies". Much later when the Avelings were members of the ILP Aveling was still writing poetry such as "The Tramp of the Workers" (1896). Aveling gave his first public lecture on the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelly in the Hall of Science on 10 August 1879, with Annie Besant in the chair. He addressed the close relationship between the realms of the scientific and the poetical. Both Eleanor and Edward joined the Shelley Society in 1885. Aveling gave a lecture series on Shakespeare at the Hall of Science in 1881. Aveling felt obliged to write a letter to The Academy in January 1884 reminding them that "The experiment of "introducing Shakspere to the East of London" is not novel. Four courses of lectures have been given- on (1) The Plays of Shakspere, (2) The Comedies of Shakspere, (3) The Falstaff Comodies, (4) Macbeth- at the Hall of Science, Old Street, St. Luke's within the last two years by Edward B. Aveling." The letter dated London, 19 January 1884 was published under the heading "Shakspere in the East of London"
He started using the British Museum Reading Room in 1882 and he approached and introduced himself to Eleanor Marx there. An article he wrote for Progress, entitled "Some Humours of the Reading Room at the British Museum" alluded to the flirtatious qualities of the library. Aveling even mused over a form of apartheid in the reading room "clergymen, moreover, ought be separated from their free fellows", and he despaired at the continuing popularity of the bible: "Few facts are more terrible than this fact. Twenty-one shelves in the room are devoted to copies of the Bible and to commentaries thereon. In the same room, the editions of Shakespeare only occupy four and a half shelves. More saddening than even this the sorry sight of numbers of men, day after day, year after year spending time and energy wholly on the study of the Bible, writing pages upon pages, not upon the new discoveries of science or the arts that gladden lives, but on an ancient book, long since worked-out and rapidly becoming played-out. It is a frightful scene this!"
Based on Beatrice Potter's diary entry for 24 May 1883 the Avelings must have already been working closely together: "In afternoon went to British Museum and met Miss Marx in refreshment room. Daughter of Karl Marx, socialist writer and refugee. Gains her livelihood by teaching 'literature' etc., and corresponding for socialist newspapers, now editing 'Progress' in the enforced absence of Mr. Foote. Very wroth about imprisonment of latter." Foote had been convicted at the beginning of March and was released on 25 February 1884. Aveling had taken over as "Interim Editor" from April 1883 to February 1884.
On 24 July 1884 it was the beginning of their honeymoon in Derbyshire. Engels wrote to Eleanor's sister Laura joking about the "Unschuldslämmer"[innocent lambs]. Engels wrote to Bernstein about them: "He and Tussy have married without the involvement of registrars etc., and are now reveling in each other in the mountains of Derbyshire. Notabene about this no public noise may be made, maybe some reactionary will put something in the press, then it's time enough. The casus is that Aveling has a legitimate wife whom he cannot get rid of de jure, although he has been de facto rid of her for years. The matter has become quite well known here and has been well received even by literary philistines as a whole. My London is almost a little Paris and educates its people." On their return from Derbyshire they lived at 55 Great Russell Street, across from the British Museum.
Eleanor wrote at the time: "If love, complete agreement in inclinations and work, and the pursuit of a common goal can make people happy, then we shall be it." The "Dramatic Notes" on the theatre that they had written together are probably the most intimate sounding of their works and their common love for Henry Irving and his Shakespearian roles always shines through:
"We have in another place, long ago, recorded the extraordinary impression that performance made on us. Never until that night had we understood exactly what manner of man Malvolio was. We had not seen the strange pathos of his situation, and of his nature. Even to the most earnest students of Shakespeare the playing of that part upon that night was a revelation."
In 1893 Aveling announced to German readers the appearance of an important work of English literature, namely Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented", it was stated: "A very important book appeared in England some time ago. It is so important that, despite the difficulties encountered in translating it into another language, it will most likely be translated into German before long. However, the readers of "Neue Zeit" might be interested in finding out something about the contents of the book now." He considered the work Shakespearian, especially the final scene at Stonehenge. It is presumable that this sentiment was also shared by Eleanor, as was their opinion on the Anglo-Irish writer George Moore's novels.
The Avelings and Ibsen
Ibsen's play "Nora or a Doll's House" had its English premiere in 1883 in Edward & Eleanor's apartment at 55, Great Russell St., opposite the British Museum. Aveling played 'Helmer', George Bernard Shaw 'Krogstad' and Eleanor 'Nora'.
"Nora," and "Breaking a Butterfly." E. Aveling, in: To-Day, vol. 1, 1884. Aveling's critical review of the play "Beaking a Butterfly" that appeared at the Prince's theatre in London, produced by Jones and Herman, and based on Ibsen's "Nora". "Rarely has an opportunity, at once literary and dramatic, been so unhappily thrown away. A great play, dealing with a stupendous question, was to be introduced to the English people...When they Englished the play Messrs. Jones and Herman had the possibility of grappling with a tremendous problem- the meaning of marriage." Aveling was angry that they had "misrepresented" the play, "emasculated" it, "if I may coin a meaning for a familiar word, effeminated the drama." "Ibsen, the Swedish dramatist, is 56 years old. He sees our lop-sided modern society suffering from too much man, and he has been born the woman's poet. He wants to aid in the revolutionising, with that revolution which is an evolution, the marriage relationship. He would have none of these women so dear to the common-place man of whom the poet of the common-place, Tennyson, has warbled. Where the Tennysonian woman would murmer, subject to the approval of her lord and master, "I cannot understand, I love" Ibsen's truer women are for saying decisively, "Without understanding, there can be no love." The object of marriage should be, and very clearly to-day is not, to make both man and woman more free." Aveling announced here in 1884 that further translations of Ibsen were forthcoming and by that he must have surely meant those that were being undertaking by Eleanor and Archer.
"Dr. Edward Aveling read a paper to the Playgoers' Club on Sunday night on The Master Builder. He dealt with the whole subject of Ibsen's dramatic work broadly and generously."
The Lady from the Sea, a play by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling. With critical introduction by Edmund Gosse. London: Fischer Unwin 1890.
An Enemy of Society, a play by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling. London, 1888.
The Wild Duck[Vildanden], a play by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling. Eleanor had written: "'Vildanden' is perhaps the most difficult of all Ibsen's prose dramas to translate. Some of the speeches of Gina and Relling are indeed quite untranslatable. The difficulty in the case of Gina is in respect to her frequent malapropisms...".
In a review of Aveling's play "The Jackal", first performed in November 1889, one critic immediately alighted onto the influence of Ibsen in it: "Alec Nelson (Dr. Aveling) has written some rather poetic little pieces, but there is a bitterness and an Ibsenite exposure of the shadier specimens of humanity in his work that would give one a contempt for mankind, were we all such mean or weak creatures as he sets before us."
Aveling and Darwin
In November 1862 Thomas Henry Huxley delivered some celebrated weekly lectures on Darwinian evolution that are referred to as "Six lectures to working men" (1863). Darwin wrote to Huxley "they would do good and spread a taste for the Natural Sciences." In another letter to Huxley Darwin had written "sometimes I think that general & popular Treatises are almost as important for the progress of science as original work." Aveling's popular works on Darwin that appear some 20 years later, should be seen in this context. The success and popularity of his scientific instructional works, his membership of the College of Preceptors, his commitment to scientific teaching, almost made such an approach inevitable. At first for students, and then as a result of his secularism, that together with Eleanor would later intensely embrace socialist politics, this desire to popularize and communicate Darwinian evolution to the working classes became an idée fixe.
Suzanne Paylor has written: "Aveling's 'Popular Darwinism' was significantly different from much of what was peddled elsewhere in late 19th-century popular culture...He was a scientist by qualification, but was also an excellent popularizer in print and practice. In an era when the public interest in science had never been higher, most of the standard texts about science, as well as conventional scientific education, were beyond the pockets of the common man and woman. Aveling offered a valuable yet affordable alternative." Aveling's contact with Darwin appears to have begun around 1878. In September 1878 Aveling described Darwin as "first among the scientific men of England" in Aveling's first popular article in the series 'Darwin and His Work', that appeared in Student's Magazine and Science and Art (1878-1879) "The series ran for a year and it is not known how many of the seven numbers Darwin received, but he sent Aveling encouragement at the start and asked to see future instalments." In a letter he sent Darwin written from the Royal Polytechnic on 12 October 1880, Aveling explained to Darwin that the original journal had ended and that he had now rewritten these articles and published them: "The Magazine wherein they appeared came to an untimely end and I have since its decease rewritten the articles & published them together with many others, their successors in the National Reformer. The works hitherto dealt with are the Voyage, Volcanic Islands, Geology of S. America, Orchids, Climbing Plants, Insectivorous Plants. I purpose after a study of the Forms of Flowers & Cross & self-fertn. dealing with the Cirripedia & finally with the series commencing with the Origin & ending at present with the Emotions.," The series entitled 'Darwin and His Views', appeared in twenty-eight (sic) instalments in the National Reformer between 16 November 1878 and 19 September 1880. The series began with Aveling using false initials "E.D." and following his secularist credo, from November under his own name entitled 'Darwin and His Works'. The same letter from Aveling above (12.10.1880) also requested Darwin's permission so that he could dedicate a work of his:
"My friends Mrs. Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, M.P. contemplate publishing under the title of the International Library of Science & Freethought a series of works either by great scientific and freethinking men or upon their labors. The first of the series will be a translation of Dr L. Büchner's "An dem Geistes leben der Thiere" by Mrs. Besant. To this translatn. Dr. Büchner has given full assent. A translatn. of some work from the pen of Ernst Häckel by myself is also designed and other arrangements in regard to French & Italian works are pending. We desire to make the second volume of the series my work upon your writings and teachings. To you, Sir, therefore I again write to know if such a plan will meet with your approval and have the distinct advantage of your personal sanction. We desire from you as from Dr. Büchner and Professor Häckel the illustrious support of your consent. As it is long since I last wrote, I remind you that the volume we desire to produce is designed (1) to give students of your writings a condensed analysis thereof (2) to give those who have not time to read your productions a brief account of your discoveries and ideas." Darwin politely declined Aveling's request and gave the following reasons for doing so:
"...Moreover though I am a strong advocate for free thought on all subjects, yet it appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity & theism produce hardly any effect on the public; & freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds, which follows from the advance of science. It has, therefore, been always my object to avoid writing on religion, & I have confined myself to science. I may, however, have been unduly biased by the pain which it would give some members of my family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion.—
I am sorry to refuse you any request, but I am old & have very little strength, & looking over proof-sheets (as I know by present experience) fatigues me much.
I remain Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin"
On 9 August 1881 Aveling had sent Darwin a copy of his book with an inscriptionThe Student's Darwin. On the 8th September, George Romanes had published a fairly positive review in Nature of the book: "On the whole, the "Student's Darwin" deserves to be successful in its object of popularising Mr. Darwin's work. The great bar to its usefulness will be its needlessly aggressive tone towards religion, which is sure greatly to lessen a circulation which it might otherwise have had." Later that same month, Aveling and Ludwig Büchner, a former student of Rudolf Virchow's, visited Charles Darwin at his home Down House. They both had attended the congress of the International Federation of Freethinkers held in London from 25–27 September and Büchner, its President wanted to meet Darwin. Aveling had telegraphed Darwin beforehand, and they both journeyed to Down, arriving there on 28 September. Aveling published a´full account of his visit in the National Reformer in 1882. They discussed atheism and Darwin preferred to be considered an agnostic rather than an atheist, in Aveling's later account of this meeting he wrote:
"We explained to him that we were Atheists, but did not say there was no God. Only being unable to realise and believe in the idea of Deity, we were without God ; neither asserting, however, nor denying His existence. We found that Darwin held the same opinion, only, as he put it, he called himself an Agnostic. Personally, I have always held that "Atheist" is only "Agnostic" writ aggressive, and "Agnostic" is only "Atheist" writ respectable. We found, upon further enquiry, that he was some forty years of age before he became an Agnostic. Asked why he gave up the Christian religion, he made the reply, "Because I found no evidence for it." And this, coming from perhaps the greatest and most careful weigher of evidence ever known, has its significance."
A further remark of Darwin's recorded by Aveling also acquired canonical status: "Then the talk fell upon Christianity, and these remarkable words were uttered: "I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age." Aveling was clearly overcome when Darwin made this remark and had written: "I commend these words to the careful consideration of all and sundry who claimed the great naturalist as an orthodox Christian. The unscrupulous will probably quote this remark hereafter with a designed omission of the last seven words. But by a similar device, the Bible can be made to say that "there is no god." I confess that a great joy took possession of me as I heard a statement by its implication so encouraging. I, like the rest of the outside world, was not sure as to his position in regard to religion. Now, from his own lips, I knew that before I was born this, my master, had cast aside the crippling faith. The step taken by so many of us had been taken by him long ago. What a strength and hope are in the thought that the first thinker of our age had abandoned Christianity!" His popular and informative writings on Darwinism, especially his "The Student's Darwin" (1881) which appeared as Vol 2 in the series 'International Library of Science and Freethought' despite Darwin's refusal for it to be dedicated to him., "Darwinism and Small Families" (1882), "The Religious views of Charles Darwin" (1883), "The Darwinian Theory. Its meaning, difficulties, evidence, history" (1884) and "Darwin Made Easy" (1887) were widely read by the general public. In 1895 Aveling's "Darwin Made Easy" was still advertised in The Freethinker "This is the best popular exposition of Darwinism extant." In the publication of his lectures on Biology "Biological Discoveries and Problems" (1881) that were all delivered in 1880 at the Unitarian South Place Chapel, Finsbury, he expressed his desire to play the part of "intellectual middle-man" by that he meant to "present the discoveries, the definitions, and the theories of the great thinkers upon living things in condensed and…in simple form before those who may not have the time to study the masters at first hand." And speaking of Darwin he would write in his introduction: "Then it is the duty of him that has been more fortunate to re-echo the utterance of his master, to repeat his thoughts many, many times, that the joy that has fallen upon the life of this fortunate one may pass into the lives of many, that the intellectual light that has fallen upon his eyes may dawn upon the vision of his fellows." Now the students of Darwin would also become "intellectual middle-men." Aveling proclaimed: "It is their duty, as it is their privilege, to receive great truths from those on the heights above them, and to transmit them to the multitudes toiling below. Thus is the great mass of mankind raised slowly, but surely, up the steep hill of knowledge towards a serener air."
Aveling and Haeckel
Aveling was also a popularizer of the German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, who himself was probably the greatest popularizer of Darwin, earning him the sobriquet 'The German Darwin'. As with Darwin, Aveling had also written to Haeckel in October 1880, with the proposal to include some of his works in translation in the International Science and Freethought series. Aveling's familiarity with Haeckel's writings appears to be from a much earlier date as he already recognizes him here as a "master" and, in a strictly metaphorical sense, said that he had "sat at his feet". This is a testament to the influence of Thomas Huxley and Ray Lankester at University College London; Huxley a personal friend of Haeckel's and Lankester who had actually studied under Haeckel at Jena in 1871 and organised the English translation of his "Natürliche Schöpfungs-Geschichte" (1868). In 1882 Aveling corresponded with Haeckel who had recently read out in a lecture at Eisenach, in Thuringia, Germany, an "irreligious letter" of Darwin's written in 1879 to a former young student of Haeckel's who had studied at the University of Jena, the Russian Nicolai Alexandrovitch von Mengden (1862-1915). A scandal ensued after Haeckel's lecture was published in the scientific journal Nature on 23 September 1882, after it had been "censored" leaving out the sensational lines in Darwin's letter: "Science has nothing to do with Christ; except in so far, as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself I do not believe, that there ever has been any Revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities." Additionally Haeckel's own comments to this letter of Darwin's from his lecture were censored. This resulted in an outpouring of disbelief and scorn by politically radical and secularist figures centred around the National Reformer (edited by Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant). The complete translation of the letter, however, was published by Aveling in the National Reformer (1 October 1882) and in an article that appeared the following week from Annie Besant, with the title: "Darwin and Haeckel", she addressed this suppression and censorship "It is not credible that a high-class scientific journal could stoop to pander in this fashion to the cant of its own time." When Aveling wrote to inform Haeckel that this censorship had taken place in Nature, at first Haeckel did not believe him. When Haeckel published his lecture he also published in the 'Nachschrift' Aveling's letter to him, and it was clear he shared Aveling's outrage at this example of censorship in England towards Darwin's views on religion as well as his own. The following year Aveling's translation appeared in the series 'International Library of Science and Freethought', that included a number of Haeckel's works from the "Gesammelte populäre Vorträge aus dem Gebiete der Entwickelungslehre"[Collected popular lectures from the field of evolutionary theory] under the title "The Pedigree of Man. And Other Essays. Translated, with the Authors permission, from the German" (London: Freethought Publishing,1883). Of particular importance is Aveling's first English translation of Haeckel's lecture from 1863 at the 38th scientific congress for German Naturalists and Physicians in Stettin (now Szczecin in Poland), what is considered to be the first public discussion of Darwinism in Germany. In some respects Aveling's translation of Haeckel illustrates the continuity and influence of zoology at University College London and especially of Ray Lankester, who had worked on the earlier translation of Haeckel's "The History of Creation: or the Development of the Earth and its Inhabitants by the Action of Natural Causes. A Popular Exposition of the doctrine of Evolution in General, and of that of Darwin, Goethe, and Lamarck in particular." (English, 1876) as well as a translation of Karl Gegenbaur's "Elements of Comparative Anatomy" (1878). The International Library of Science and Freethought series he had issued in 1881 had said that "German science is one of the glories of the world; it is time that it should lend in England that same aid to Freethought which in Germany has made every educated man a Freethinker."
Aveling's publication of Darwin's letter to Marx
In 1897, Aveling published for the first time a letter of Charles Darwin's to Karl Marx from 1873. It was the first published disclosure of any correspondence between Marx and Darwin. "I should like to quote a letter from Darwin to Marx, which appears to me very characteristic and very beautiful. In 1873 Marx sent to Darwin the second edition of the first volume of Das Kapital. He received in answer the following letter: ...." The American sociologist, Lewis Samuel Feuer, writing as a lapsed Marxist, was of the opinion that Aveling had in all probability forged this letter so as to make some money from selling it: "Edward Aveling...was the first English exponent of what today would be called the 'socialism of the rip-off'. Since his kit of tools included forgery, theft, and deceit, his statements pose methodological problems." The allegations Feuer had read in Hyndman, Bernstein et al., and he had taken at face value, amounted to severely prejudiced opinions and hearsay, that detrimentally influenced any claim to objective scholarship. Kapp's first volume of her weighted biography of Eleanor Marx had only appeared in 1972.
The letter, however, held at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, has been proven as genuine and is included in the Darwin correspondence edition. Feuer's sneers and insinuations against Aveling have been shown to be completely unfounded.
"To Karl Marx 1 October 1873 Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
I thank you for the honour which you have done me by sending me your great work on Capital; & I heartily wish that I was more worthy to receive it, by understanding more of the deep & important subject of political economy. Though our studies have been so different, I believe that we both earnestly desire the extension of knowledge, & that this in the long run is sure to add to the happiness of mankind.
I remain Dear Sir Yours faithfully Charles Darwin"
As Ralph Colp Jnr. has written: "About the time he received Darwin's letter, Marx, with his wife and daughter Eleanor, attended a lecture on "Insects and Flowers," by Edward Aveling-a young science teacher-which illustrated some aspects of Natural Selection. Afterwards Marx spoke to Aveling and congratulated him on his talk."
Later life, death and legacy
In 1897, Aveling left Eleanor and on 8 June that year secretly married a young actress, Eva Frye, using his pen-name Alec Nelson. He returned to Eleanor in September when he was suffering from kidney disease. Aveling had suffered from what the family physician Bryan Donkin had originally diagnosed in 1885 as a kidney stone. Engels had written to Laura Lafargue telling her that Aveling and 'Tussy' were at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight recuperating because of Aveling's illness then. Engels had written to Laura again in 1891 telling her that because of his kidney problem he was at St. Margaret's Bay on the Kent coast. Aveling had also been seriously ill in April–May 1893 and went to Hastings. Eleanor Marx had written to Liebknecht, who was in prison at the time, that this was now a four year old abscess. He was operated on (9 February), in what appears to have only been an exploratory operation by the surgeon Christopher Heath at University College Hospital. After nursing him for some time, which included a period of convalescence at the sea-resort of Margate in Kent, on their return Eleanor Marx resolved to resort to suicide on 31 March 1898. Her biographer, Yvonne Kapp provides full details of the suicide and that the post mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was poisoning by prussic acid, purchased at the local chemist by the maid. A coroner's inquest delivered a verdict of "suicide while in a state of "temporary insanity,". Eleanor had previously attempted to take her life in 1887. Aveling, however, was widely reviled amongst socialist circles (particularly by Hyndman, Banner and Bernstein) as having caused Eleanor to take her own life on this occasion. It has even been wildly suggested that Aveling ran away from an intended suicide pact with her and was a knowing accessory to an act of suicide (Hyndman), or that he might have murdered her. Yvonne Kapp has detailed the recriminations against Aveling as well as the "flagrant inaccuracies" about her death that ensued.
Eleanor left a short note for Aveling: "Dear, it will soon be all over now. My last word to you is the same I've said during these long, sad years — love."
Aveling died some four months later on 2 August 1898, in Battersea of kidney disease, an outcome that Eleanor had already feared. He was 48. His body was cremated at Woking Crematorium, Surrey, three days later.
A report in The Observer said that there were about half-a-dozen immediate relatives present at the funeral. It remarked on the fact that there was not much fanfare "Strange to say, however, although Dr. Aveling was considered to be one of the most prominent leaders of the Socialist movement in England, he having been closely identified with it since its inauguration, no representatives of this society were present at the last obsequies. The Doctor was also a leading figure in the movement on the Continent. The coffin, which was of deal, covered with light blue cloth, bore no inscription. On it were placed six floral emblems, trimmed with mauve ribbon."
One of the first obituaries written had him simply as "Dr. Edward Aveling, Social Democrat, botanist, and playwright."
Aveling was disliked by many of his contemporaries for his alleged tendency to borrow money from everyone. Also Eleanor was prone to criticism, George Standring's pet name for Eleanor was "Lady Macbeth Aveling". Yvonne Kapp wrote in 1976:
"The truth is that in moral terms Aveling presented something akin to an optical illusion: looked at in one light, he could be seen as feckless, happy-go-lucky but fundamentally sound; in another, as an unmitigated scoundrel. What, however, could not escape notice from any angle was his infinite propensity to borrow money, which age could not wither nor — more surprisingly — custom stale. He might be cheated...so that resigning from the Secular Society he was loaded with debt. Yet this hardly accounts for his habit of borrowing from the rich, the poor and the positively indigent for trifling amounts — though sometimes cleaning them out — since he never at any time — and this in an age of ostentatious spenders... — lived in a style above that of any other middle-class socialist who had neither business interests nor inherited wealth. * * *
It is not uncommon to come across individuals from whose company and a small sum of money one simultaneously parts. This compulsion to borrow is not easy to explain in those who are neither on their beam ends nor aspire to high living."
In his monumental work on William Morris, E. P. Thompson, warned about the dangers of any retrospective interpretation of Aveling's biography, G. B. Shaw had also commented on Aveling's "homeric" style of borrowing:
"However, the tragedy of 1898 (when the marriage ended in Eleanor's suicide) should not be read back into the events of the 1880s. Until 1887 Morris valued the Avelings as among the best comrades in the leadership of the League. Month by month Eleanor contributed her record of the International movement to Commonweal, her own contacts and those of Engels being drawn upon to the full. Aveling shared the editorship of the paper with Morris for the first year, and Morris admired his command of Scientific Socialism, both as a lecturer and writer." This is equally the case for the 1870s. If he had repeated many of Kapp's interpretations of Aveling from the first volume which introduced his character (much of which Kapp had taken from A. H. Nethercot's work on Annie Besant), his later review of her second volume of Eleanor's biography, illustrated a much greater criticism and scepticism towards her biographical style.
Leon Trotsky writing from Oslo in October 1935 on "Engels' Letters to Kautsky", often mentions Aveling. In the context of Kautsky's criticism of Engels as a "poor judge of men" and that he supported him in politics. "Engels had particular affection for Eleanor, Marx' youngest daughter. Aveling became her friend; he was a married man who had broken with his first family. This circumstance engendered around the "illegal" couple the stifling atmosphere of genuinely British hypocrisy. Is it greatly to be marvelled at that Engels came to the strong defense of Eleanor and her friend, even irrespective of his moral qualities? Eleanor fought for her love for Aveling so long as she had any strength left. Engels was not blind but he considered that the question of Aveling's personality concerned Eleanor, first and foremost. On his part he assumed only the duty to defend her against hypocrisy and evil gossip. "Hands off!" he stubbornly told the pious hypocrites. In the end, unable to bear up under the blows of personal life, Eleanor committed suicide." Trotsky made comparisons of the Avelings' marital personal life with Kautsky's own divorce and the fact that Engels had taken the side of Louise Kautsky.
Publications by Edward Aveling
- The Book-worm, and other Sketches. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co. 1878. [In his introduction Aveling reveals that some of these sketches had already appeared in the pages of "Things in General. A quarterly magazine, edited by Teufelsdröckkh, the Younger [pseud.]. vol. 1-2. London, 1877-79."][British Library: P. P. 5273e], and a magazine called: "Figaro".]
- Why I Dare Not Be a Christian. London: Freethought Publishing Co., n.d. .
- The Wickedness of God. London: Freethought Publishing Co., n.d. .
- The Creed of an Atheist. London: Freethought Publishing Co., n.d. .
- The Plays of Shakspere... : The Substance of Four Lectures Delivered at the Hall of Science, London. London: Freethought Publishing Co., n.d. .
- The Value of this Earthly Life. A Reply to W. H. Mallock's "Is Life worth Living?" Freethought Pub. Co., London,  [Price 1s.]
- Plays of Shakespeare, 4d. Macbeth, 4d.
- An Atheist on Tennyson's Despair., Modern Thought, January 1882.
- A Godless Life: The Happiest and Most Useful. London, A. Besant and C. Bradlaugh, 1882.
- The Sermon on the Mount Freethought Pub. Co., London, .,[8pp.]
- Superstition. Freethought Pub. Co., London, . [Price 1d.]
- Shakspere the Dramatist. Our corner; London Vol. 1, Iss.3, (Mar 1883),pp. 147–152; Vol. 1, Iss. 4, (Apr 1883): 218-222, Vol. 1, Iss. 5, (May 1883): 272-276; London Vol. 1, Iss. 6, (Jun 1883): 345-349; Vol. 2, Iss. 1, (Jul 1883): 33-36; Our corner; London Vol. 2, Iss. 2, (Aug 1883): 89-93;
- Art Corner. Our corner; London Vol. 1, Iss. 5, (May 1883), pp. 299–302.
- The Dream of the Boy Jesus, in: Our Corner, July 1, 1883.pp. 30–32.
- Art Corner. Our corner; London Vol. 2, Iss. 4, (Oct 1883), pp. 235–238.
- Some Humors of the Reading Room at the British Museum in: Progress Vol. I. (May 1883),pp. 312–313.
- "Nora," and "Breaking a Butterfly." E. Aveling in: To-Day: monthly magazine of scientific socialism; vol. 1, 1884, pp. 473–480.
- Alone With My Ale-Can, Progress (1884),Vol. III.-No.2, 1884, p. 90. [poem]
- Henry Irving And His Critics. By Edward B. Aveling., Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.1, pp. 24–29; Vol. III.-No.2, pp.-97.
- The Rottenness of our Press. Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.3, pp. 158–163.
- The Rottenness of our Press. II. Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.4, pp. 217–222.
- "Twelfth Night" at the Lyceum., Art Corner. Our corner; London (Aug 1884),pp. 115–118.
- "Claudian" at the Princess's. Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.5, 268-272.
- Christianity and Capitalism.in: To-Day: monthly magazine of scientific socialism. London. Vol. 1, Iss. 1, (Jan 1884), pp. 30–38; Iss. 2, (Feb 1884), pp. 125–134; Iss. 3, (Mar 1884),pp. 177–187.
- The Curse of Capital by Edward B. Aveling, D.Sc. London: Freethought Publishing Company, 63, Fleet Street E.C. 1884.[Price One Penny]
- Hamlet at the Princess's., in: To-Day : monthly magazine of scientific socialism; London Vol. 2, Iss. 11, (Nov 1884),pp. 516–537.
- A "Mummer's Wife.". By Edward Aveling, in: Progress (1885) Vol. V.,pp. 503- [by the Anglo-Irish playwright George Moore (1852-1933)]
- "Hoodman Blind" at the Princess's.. Progress (1885) Vol. V., pp. 437–443.
- Browning as a Dramatist., in: Progress (1885) Vol. V.,pp. 551–557.
- The Meaning of Socialism., in: To-Day: monthly magazine of scientific socialism; London Vol. 3, Iss. 13, (Jan 1885),pp. 1–10.
- Das Drama in England. in: Die neue Zeit. Revue des geistigen und öffentlichen Lebens. 3(1885), Heft 4, S. 170–176.
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- "I am an evolutionist, and as an evolutionist I have come to the conclusion that Christianity is a bane and not a blessing. Equally, as an evolutionist, I have come to the conclusion that the present system of production – the capitalistic system of production – is a bane and not a blessing to the world at large. It is only a blessing to a comparatively few people. It is a distinct evil to anybody but that comparatively few. I am an Evolutionist, an Atheist, and a Socialist." Edward Aveling, The Curse of Capital (London: Freethought Publishing, 1884)
- On the extended history of Aveling's family, in particular his mother, father and siblings, see Chushichi Tsuzuki, The Life of Eleanor Marx: A Socialist Tragedy (Oxford: Clarendon, 1967); Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor Marx: Vol 1, Family Life, 1855–1883 (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1972); Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx: A Life (London: Bloomsbury, 2014); Deborah Lavin, Edward Aveling, 'Son-in-Law of Karl Marx': A Victorian Enigma (Michael Wicks, 2021), esp. Chap. 1,2 & 3.
- John Brown, Independent Witness. One hundred and fifty years of Taunton School (Taunton School, 1997), pp.10-11
- Deborah Lavin, Edward Aveling, 'Son-in-Law of Karl Marx': A Victorian Enigma (Michael Wicks, 2021), Chapter Five. Stage Villains.
- Deborah Lavin, Edward Aveling (2021), op. cit., p.83f.
- Lavin (2021), ibid., p. 90.; Tsuzuki claims that he was at Harrow before going to Taunton, Tsuzuki, Chushichi. The Life of Eleanor Marx: 1855–1898: A Socialist Tragedy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967, chap. IV. Dr. Edward Aveling. This was finally scotched by Yvonne Kapp in her later research. During the first American tour of 1886 it was remarkable how many American newspapers repeated this Harrow connection.
- University College, London. Calendar, Session 1881.-1882.(London: 1881), Exhibitioners, Scholars, etc.,p.34.
- Yvonne Kapp Eleanor Marx. Volume I: Family Life (1855–1887) Lawrence and Wishart, 1972; Tsuzuki, Chushichi. The Life of Eleanor Marx: 1855–1898: A Socialist Tragedy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967, chap. IV. Dr. Edward Aveling
- Michael Boulter, Bloomsbury Scientists Book: Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin (UCL Press, 2017), p.35.
- Paul Henderson, "Edward Bibbens Aveling" in A. Thomas Lane (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of European Labor Leaders. In Two Volumes. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995; p.36.
- Aveling "Thomas Henry Huxley Der Freund und Erklärer Darwins", in: Die neue Zeit. 1896, S.89.
- On Reading, in The Book-worm, and other Sketches (1878),p.79.
- "…through thirty years of polemic, Huxley earned his reputation as the leading Victorian symbol of religion and science in opposition. Huxley became the supreme model of the antireligious scientist..." Sheridan Gilley and Ann Loades, "Thomas Henry Huxley: The War between Science and Religion", in: The Journal of Religion, 1981, vol. 61, pp.285-308; here p.294.
- A. Desmond, Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest (Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1998),p.252.
- The Educational Times, and Journal of the College of Preceptors, Vol. XXIV. New Series, No.128, December 1, 1871, p.206.
- Henslow was formerly a close colleague of Aveling's at the Birkbeck Mechanics' Institute where they both taught. See Lavin (2021), op. cit., p. 180f. However, in 1877 Dunman had succeeded Aveling as Professor of Physiology at the Birkbeck Institution.
- "Like a rose embowered / In its own green leaves,/ By warm winds deflowered,/ Till the scent it gives/ Makes faint with too much sweet those/ heavy - wingèd thieves:" The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelly. Edited by Thomas Hutchinson. (Oxford University Press, 1952),p.603: 50-55
- Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx A Life (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), p. 190
- Holmes, Eleanor Marx A Life (2015),p.190.
- The Daily News, October 18, 1878,
- Aveling had also placed two identical adverts for Resident Pupils and a Class for the Study of Zoology, in the medical journal The Lancet on October 23, 1875.
- F. Engels to August Bebel, London, March 18–28, 1875.
- Kapp, vol. 1, p.259."his sponsors being two botanists and two zoologists of note"
- Life and Work of Dr. James Murie. Nature 129, 752 (21 May 1932). https://doi.org/10.1038/129752c0
- Adrian Desmond Archetypes and Ancestors: Palaeontology in Victorian London. (London, UK: Blond & Briggs,1982), pp. 137–142.
- Henderson (1995),op. cit., p.36.
- "Dr Aveling and the London Hospital", in: The British Medical Journal, Vol. 2, Moo.1091, Nov. 26. 1881, p.866.
- Secularism: Unphilosophical, Immoral, and Anti-Social. Verbatim Report of a Three Nights Debate between the Rev. Dr. McCann and Charles Bradlaugh, in the Hall of Science, London, on December 7th, 14th, and 2lst, 1881.[Corrected by both Disputants] London: Freethought Publishing Company, 1882, p.15,
- See Paul Thompson, "Liberals, Radicals and Labour in London 1880–1900", Past and Present, vol. 27, 1 (1964), pp.73–101; "The Bradlaugh Case: A Reappraisal ", Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr., 1957), pp. 254-269; Walter L. Arnstein, The Bradlaugh case: a study in late Victorian opinion and politics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965).
- Physiological Tables, for the use of students. Compiled by Edward B. Aveling, D.Sc., F.L.S. (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 32, Paternoster Row, E.C.; Warren Hall 6 James J. Lovitt, 88, Camden Road, N.W.1877).[Introduction signed "London Hospital, September, 1877"]
- Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: For the Year 1873… (Dublin: Alexander Thom, Printer and Publisher, 1873), p.220. Kapp is completely mistaken when she says of Aveling and New College "on whose teaching staff he never was at any time" Eleanor Marx Family Life 1855-1883 (1979),p.259. Why she wanted to doubt and obscure his professorship in chemistry and natural philosophy at a dissenting academy is strange.
- Aveling's "Introduction" is signed "New College, London, 1874"p.[3.]
- Harden, Arthur, and David Huddleston. "Newth, Samuel (1821–1898), college head." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 25. Oxford University Press. Date of access 21 Aug. 2022, <https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-20045>
- see below Scientific Writings
- New College, London. The Introductory Lectures Delivered at the Opening of the College. October, 1851. (London: Jackson and Walford, 1851),pp.vi-vii.
- Yvonne Kapp Eleanor Marx. Volume I: Family Life (1855–1887) London: Virago, 1979, p.256.
- Aveling published in 1883 a series of articles entitled "Insects and Flowers" in Annie Besant's Our Corner.
- Edward Aveling. "Charles Darwin and Karl Marx: A Comparison". Part II. The New Century Review,April 1897; Yvonne Kapp Eleanor Marx. Volume I, op. cit., doubted that he stood hand-in-hand with Eleanor, she also excluded him from the "relatively small company" that attended Marx's funeral.
- Yvonne Kapp, vol. 1, op. cit., p.259.
- The Daily News[London], 7 January 1879. p.3.
- The Monthly Musical Record, February 1, 1879, p.31. (Musical Notes.); See also List of Professors in the Royal Academy. The Musical world; London Vol. 59, Iss. 9, (Feb 26, 1881): p.127. It is remarkable that Deborah Lavin in her recent biography states "This sounded quite grand; it was also untrue", while at the same time recognizing that "he taught there until July 1885" Lavin (2021),op. cit. p.267.
- Royal Academy of Music. Musical standard; London Vol. 23, Iss. 941, (Aug 12, 1882):105
- Royal Academy of Music. The Musical world; London Vol. 61, Iss. 31, (Aug 4, 1883): 476.
- Our Corner, Vol. 1 (May) 1883, p.301.
- See Dramatic Notes. "The Gondoliers.[signed Alec Nelson, E.M.A.]", in: Time; London (Oct 1890),pp. 1108-1112.
- According to Desmond "Not all Non-Anglicans were barred", Adrian Desmond, The Politics of Evolution. Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1989),p.272.Thomas Rymer Jones took the first chair of comparative anatomy there in 1836 and had resigned in 1874.
- See D.M. Knight, Science and Spirituality: The Volatile Connection, (London: Routledge, 2004),Chap. 11, Clergy and clerisy, pp.151f.
- The National Reformer, 6. July 1879.
- "Credo Ergo Laborado". The National Reformer, 27 July 1789; Eleanor Marx (1855–1898): Life, Work, Contacts. Edited by John Stokes (Routledge, 2000), p.
- The National Reformer, 27 July 1879.
- He had ended his Shelley lecture with "Cry to Liberty". See Gertrude Marvin Williams, The passionate pilgrim; a life of Annie Besant (New York, Coward-McCann, 1931), p.112.
- Annie Besant, The National Reformer. 17 August 1879. In her biography of Eleanor Marx, Kapp treats this moment with disdain.
- "Dr. Edward Aveling on Neo-Malthusianism", in: The Malthusian. A Monthly Journal Organ of the Malthusian League, No. 8, September, 1879, p.63. Lavin (2021), op. cit., p.288 has mistakenly attributed this quote to Annie Besant.
- F. H. Amphlett Micklewright, "The Rise and Decline of English Neo-Malthusianism", in: Population Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Jul., 1961), pp. 32-51; Annie Besant'sAutobiography gives a good description of the trial. C.R. Drysdale was the brother of Dr. George Drysdale (1825-1904), the author of Physical, Sexual and Natural Religion (1854)
- Adolphe Headingley, The Biography of Charles Bradlaugh(London: 1880), p.236.
- Gertrude Marvin Williams, The passionate pilgrim; a life of Annie Besant (New York, Coward-McCann, 1931), p.116.
- Edward Royle, Radicals, Secularists, and Republicans: Popular Freethought in Britain, 1866-1915 (Manchester University Press, 1980),p.317f.
- Besant Autobiography, Chap. X, p.
- Edward Royle (1980), op. cit., p.318.
- Hansard Commons Chamber Volume 265: debated on 23 August 1881 https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/1881-08-23/debates/216fd6bc-305a-4c15-be2e-9e35e0ca28ec/CommonsChamber
- Huxley also thought that Darwin had destroyed Paley's teleology. See John Passmore, "Darwin's Impact on British Metaphysics", in: Victorian Studies 3 (1959), 41-54.
- Evelleen Richards, Ideology and Evolution in Nineteenth Century Britain: Embryos, Monsters, and Racial and Gendered Others in the Making of Evolutionary Theory and Culture (Routledge, 2020)
- Secularism: Unphilosophical, Immoral, and Anti-Social, op. cit., p. 14.
- HANSARD Science And Art Department—Dr Aveling And Mrs Besant Volume 267: debated on 21 March 1882 https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/1882-03-21/debates/8c919900-0016-4108-a885-1db64bed0994/ScienceAndArtDepartment%E2%80%94DrAvelingAndMrsBesant
- N.R., 20 August 1882, 132-3.
- Harry Butterworth, THE SCIENCE AND ART DEPARTMENT 1853-1900. unpublished thesis submitted for the degree of Ph.D. Department of Education University of Sheffield. Submitted July 1968. Vol. 3, chap. XVI. Dr. Aveling, p.440.
- Annie Besant Autobiography Chapter XII; Foote said that the Members of Parliament were influenced by private circulars distributed by Henry Varley (1835-1912), the Notting Hill revivalist, that also attacked Aveling as "one of Bradlaugh's chief helpers".Foote, Prisoner for Blasphemy. (London: Progressive Publishing Company, 1886.), p.28.
- James Moore writes: "In the scuffle Aveling's fountain pen was broken, proving- the hacks cheered- that it was not mightier than the sword." The Darwin Legend (Michigan: Baker Books,1994),p.50.
- Forcible Expulsion of Mr. Bradlaugh from the House of Commons−Exciting Scene.", Reynold's Newspaper. A Weekly Journal of Politics, History, Literature, and General Intelligence. No. 1,617. 7 August 1881,p.8.
- Edward Royle, Radicals, Secularists, and Republicans: Popular Freethought in Britain, 1866-1915 (Manchester University Press, 1980),p.346.
- Royle (1980), op.cit., p.33.,Tsuzuki (Berlin: 1981), S.147.; See Wearing, J. P. "Archer, William (1856–1924), theatre critic and journalist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 03. Oxford University Press. Date of access 28 August 2022
- She wrote an article on the Rev. Dr. Henry Landsell, D.D., the missionary and traveller and amongst other things she chided "his optimist views of Russian prisons" this appeared in the March edition, pp.309-304.
- "Karl Marx I" Progress, May 1883, pp.288-294, and "Karl Marx II" Progress, June 1883, pp.362-366; both articles are online: https://www.marxists.org/archive/eleanor-marx/1883/06/karl-marx.htm, A Bibliography of Female Economic Thought up to 1940. Ed. By Kirsten Madden, Michele Pujol, Janet Seitz. Routledge, 2004, pp.26-7.
- Rachel Holmes, Eleanor Marx. A Life (2014), pp.195-197.
- Foote, Prisoner for Blasphemy. (London: Progressive Publishing Company, 1886.), p.21.
- Foote (1886), op. cit.,pp.165-166.
- Ibid., p.166. The list is important for assessing Aveling's own personal contacts at the time and measuring the strength of societal opposition to Foote's imprisonment.
- Edward Royle, Radicals, Secularists, and Republicans: Popular Freethought in Britain, 1866-1915 (Manchester University Press, 1980),pp.159-160.
- Deborah Lavin has a rather speculative and conspiratorial reading of their first romantic meeting, dating it much earlier than most commentators "...Edward and Eleanor never revealed the dates of their first meeting nor the origins of their involvement. They became involved, or perhaps better said, Eleanor became involved with Edward, no later than 1881, when both her parents were still alive, but Eleanor never told either of them about Edward." Lavin, Edward Aveling 'Son-in-law' of Karl Marx. A Victorian Enigma (2021), op.cit., p.223.
- John Shepperd, Who really was at Marx's funeral?, in: Highgate Cemetery Newsletter, April, 2018,pp.11-12.
- To-day: The Monthly Magazine of Scientific Socialism, Vol. 1 (New Series,) January–June, 1884,pp.312-3.
- To-day: The Monthly Magazine of Scientific Socialism, Vol. 1 (New Series,) January–June, 1884, p.389
- William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (London: Merlin Press, 1977),Chap. III. The Split. IV. The Executive and the "Justice", p.352.
- Philip Henderson, William Morris: his life, work and friends. (London: Thames and Hudson, 1967), Chap. 11. 1883-1884 The Social Democratic Federation, pp.266-67.
- William Morris to Andreas Scheu, Sep. 13, 1884 in: The Collected Letters of William Morris. Vol. II 1881-1884. (Princeton: Princeton University Press),p.320. "as to the malversation of funds he denies it explicitly, & last Tuesday told us that Bradlaugh refused to give him any details of the accusation: he promised to press B. on that point, and we all agreed that if the latter could not give definite details he (Aveling) would come off with flying colours: So I hope all will be right. Aveling is undoubtedly a man of great capacity, & can use it too."
- Hyndman to Morris (BL, Add. MSS. 45345), quoted in The Collected Letters of William Morris, op. cit., Vol. II. P.344.
- William Morris to Andreas Scheu, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, December 28, 1884, in: The Collected Letters of William Morris, Vol. II, pp.360-361. Although this is the first mention of Engels in Morris' correspondence he had already visited him twice in November.
- Philip Henderson, Wiliam Morris, (1967), op.cit., p.273f.
- Eleanor Marx "Record of the International Popular Movement.", in: To-day: The monthly magazine of scientific socialism; London Vol. 1, Iss. 4, (Apr 1884), pp.307-313.
- Tsuzuki,Eleanor Marx, op. cit., p.117.
- The Commonweal…Jan, 1886, p.8.
- I. Scientific Socialism – Value: Commonweal, April 1885, p.21.
- The Commonweal, Vol. 2, No.16, May 1, 1886, p.36.
- "Appendix V. The English Edition of "Capital," 1887,"in: Capital A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production by Karl Marx. Translated from the third German Edition by Samuel Moore & Edward Aveling and edited by Frederick Engels. A reprint entirely re-set page for page from the stereotyped edition of 1889.With a supplement including changes made by Engels in the fourth German edition Engels' Prefaces to the fourth and third German editions, with notes. Marx's Preface to the French edition, notes on the English edition. Edited and translated by Dona Torr (Woking: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1946),p. 854
- Isaiah Berlin, Karl Marx, his life and environment (Oxford: OUP, 1963),p.221.
- "Socialists and Free Speech", in: Commonmweal,Vol. 2. No.22, June 5, 1886, pp.76-77.
- Commonweal, Vol. 2, No.32, August 21, 1886, p.126.
- Karl Obermann, „Die Amerikareise Wilhelm Liebknechts im Jahre 1886.", In Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, XIV, Heft 4, 1966, 611-617; Gerhard Becker, „Die Agitationsreise Wilhelm Liebknechts durch die USA 1886. Ergänzendes zu einer Dokumentation von Karl Obermann.", in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, XV, Heft 5, Berlin 1967, S.842-862.
- Engels letter to August Bebel, January 23, 1886. In Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 47
- Mccook Tribune (Nebraska), September 30, 1886, p.3.
- Workmen's Advocate, 26 September 1886, p.1. Describing a later incident of an over-zealous policeman who had mistakenly violently rushed in to protect Liebknecht from the crowds, in the same article it is said that 'club mania' was "a disease peculiar to New York policemen".
- Liebknecht, of course, had already a long historical connection with this newspaper, he had originally intended to emigrate to Wisconsin in 1847 after his expulsion from Austria. See Wilhelm Liebknecht Letters to the Chicago Workingman's Advocate, November 26, 1870-December 2, 1871. Edited, with an Introduction and Notes by Philip S. Foner. (New York, London: Holmes & Meier, 1982), p.9.
- Howard H. Quint, The Forging of American Socialism: Origins of the Modern Movement (Columbia: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc., 1964), p.33.
- Death in the Haymarket A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America (New York: Anchor Books, 2007), p.240; Holmes (2014), op. cit., p.285.
- Henry David, The History of the Haymarket Affair: A Study in the American Social Revolutionary and Labor Movements (New York, 1936), p.528.
- Quint (2007), op. cit., p.33.
- Kapp, Eleanor Marx. Vol. II. (1975), op. cit., pp.158-159.
- "THE SPIES-AVELING IDEAS OF MARRIAGE.", in: Chicago Daily Tribune, Jan 21, 1887; p.4."The Spieses and Avelings would have a plurality of women, subject only to lustful caprice, and liable to be thrust out at any time by them." This "red baiting" was later picked up in England and used by his enemies and has woefully seeped minutatim into later biographies of him. As Quint pointed out Liebknecht escaped all of this.
- "Knights of Labor" (4 December 1886), quoted in Kapp, Eleanor Marx. The Crowded Years 1884-1898 (1975), op. cit., p.160, fn.47 (283)
- "Dr. Edward Aveling, fellow of University College, London, and his wife, Eleanor Marx Aveling, youngest daughter of Karl Marx, addressed an audience of some 2,000 people here this evening..." The Indianapolis journal, September 15, 1886, p.4.
- "Interesting Lecture on Socialism by Dr. Edward Aveling and His Wife before a Large Audience". St. Paul Daily Globe, Tuesday Morning, November 16, 1886, p.3.
- THREE NOTED SOCIALISTS.: THEY ARE AT PRESENT SOJOURNING IN THIS CITY. Mr. and Mrs. Aveling. Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1922); Chicago, Ill. [Chicago, Ill]. 06 Nov 1886: p.9
- Aveling, An American Journey (New York: Lovell, Gestefeld & Company, 1892), Chap. VI. Concord. p.54.
- Edward Aveling and Eleanor Marx Aveling, The Working-Class Movement in America. Enlarged Second Edition. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1891; CHAPTER II. GENERAL IMPRESSIONS.,pp. 21–22.
- Wessel, Tussy, S. 210-212.
- See Harald Wessel, Tussy... (DDR Leipzig: Verlag für die Frau, 1974), pp.201-3 and Fig. 31.
- Aveling, An American Journey. New York:, Lovell, Gestefeld & Company, 1892, Intro.,p. It has not yet been possible to verify this claim and trace the articles that appeared in the various newspapers and journals.
- "Saccharissa and myself rush madly to the lift, though still hungry and athirst." Chap. XVII,p.168; "It was ten minutes to one in the smallest hour of the morning when we landed at the railway station, " Niagara Falls." We were three : Saccharissa ; the Governor, best of German friends ; and the present writer." Chap. IX. Niagara., p.73. On "Waller and Sacharissa" see Edmund Gosse, From Shakespeare to Pope; an inquiry into the causes and phenomena of the rise of classical poetry in England (CUP, 1885), pp.45-91.On the fondness for nicknames in the Marx family see Kapp, vol.1, op.cit., p.22 and Katherine Hollander "At Home with the Marxes: A Portrait of a Socialist Group in Exile", in: The Journal of The Historical Society, vol. X, (March 2010), pp.93-96.
- The Commonweal, April 2, 1887, p.112.
- See Frederick Engels letter to Friederich Adolph Sorge, London, 9. April 1887 in: Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works Vol. 48 (New York: International Publishers, 2001), p.47;John Boyle O'Reilly The Coercion Bill, in: The North American Review, May, 1887, Vol. 144, No. 366 (May, 1887), pp. 528-539, 539
- See Keith Scholey,The Communist Club. This pamphlet is downloadable at https://libcom.org/article/communist-club-keith-scholey
- The Commonweal, May 14, 1887, p.160.
- quoted in Holmes, op., cit., p.295.
- Henderson, "Edward Aveling," pg. 36.
- E. P. Thompson, William Morris, op.cit., p.488ff., Holmes, op.cit., pp.298-301.
- The Commonweal, December 17, 1887, p. 408 an earlier version had said that he would lecture on "Socialism and Science", The Commonweal, December 3, 1887, p.392.
- Holmes, Ibid. p.306.
- R. Holmes, Eleanor Marx A Life, (2014),p.307.
- Eleanor an Laura Larfargue, 21. August 1888, quoted in Tsuzuki (Berlin: 1981), S.163.
- Dirk J Struik, Frederick Engels in New England. In: New England Quarterly; Jan 1, 1949, p.241.
- Struik (1949), Ibid., p.242.
- F. Engels to Sorge, Adams House, 533 Washington Street, Boston, Aug. 31, 1888.
- Holmes (2014), Ibid., p.307.
- Henderson, "Edward Aveling,", op.cit., p.37.
- Engels to Karl Kautsky, London, 11.Febr. 1891, S.36
- Letter to August Bebel, February 19, 1892. In F. Engels, Politisches Vermächtnis. Aus unveröffentlichten Briefen, Berlin, 1920 and in full in: Marx and Engels, Works, First Russian Edition, Vol. XXIX, Moscow, 1946; Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 49.
- Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 49, pp 525-528.
- "Socialism in Aberdeen", Justice,18 June 1892.
- Engels to F. A. Sorge, Marcg 18, 1893. In Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 50,
- F. Engels to F. A. Sorge, London, May 17, 1893. In Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 50, p. "Unfortunately Aveling has been seriously ill for a month now; in view of the constant caballing that goes on here, he cannot well be spared. He has gone to Hastings to recuperate for a while."
- Aveling wrote an account for Die neue Zeit in 1895."Auf diesen Inseln habe ich vor Kurzem mehrere Wochen zugebracht.", Edward Aveling "Ein eigenartiges Inselvolk". in: Die neue Zeit, 185, Heft 46,S. 633.
- Aveling, in "Clarion", 3 November 1894 and 10 November 1894. Cited in Tsuzuki (1981),op.cit., S.216; Holmes (2014), op.cit., p.368. Holmes claims that in March 1895 Aveling was editing The Clarion. (Ibid., p.375.)
- EM to LL, 22 November 1894. Quoted in Holmes (2014), op. cit., p. 371.
- EMA to W. Liebknecht, 7 March 1895. Quoted in Holmes (2014), op. cit., p. 375.
- Holmes (2014), op. cit.,p.376.
- Reminiscences of Marx and Engels. (Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1955), p.360.; also "Der Sozialdemokrat", No. 33. August 15, 1895.
- Harald Wessel, Hausbesuch bei Friedrich Engels Eine Reise auf seinem Lebensweg (Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1971),p.156.
- Engels to Friedrich Adolph Sorge, London January 18, 1893. In Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 50, p.
- Letter to August Bebel, January 24, 1893. In Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 50
- Henderson, "Edward Aveling," p.37.
- E.P. Thompson, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1977),Chapter IV. The Socialist League, 1885-1886: "Making Socialists", p.368.See Deborah Lavin's, Edward Aveling (2021), op. cit., who has highlighted for the first time Aveling's early connection and 'likeness' to Henry Irving.
- Carol Hanbery Mackay, "A Journal of Her Own: The Rise and Fall of Annie Besant's Our Corner", in: Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter 2009), pp. 324-358.
- "Henry Irving and his Critics.", in: Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.1, pp.24-29; Vol. III.-No.2, pp.-97.
- Ted Crawford has transcribed these notes that are readable online at the Eleanor Marx Archive. See https://www.marxists.org/archive/eleanor-marx/1890/theatre.htm
- Time; London Vol. 1, (January 1890), p.99.
- Allardyce Nicoll, A History of English Drama 1660–1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850–1900, p.246.
- Aveling, An American Journey (1892), op. cit., Chap. V. p. 48ff.
- Friedrich Engels, Paul Lafargue, Laura Lafargue. Correspondence vol. 2: 1886–1890, translated by Yvonne Kapp. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1960. p. 121, 140.
- "Dramatic Gossip". The Athenaeum, London, Iss. 3694 (13 August 1898), p. 236.
- Eleanor Marx. Geschichte ihres Lebens. Kapitel: Liebeswerben um die dramatische Muse. S. 146–171.; Edward Aveling 'Son-in-Law of Karl Marx'. A Victorian Enigma (2021),p.259.
- it was given at the Park Theatre in Camden. See Lavin, op. cit., Aveling pursues a theatrical sideline. p.259.
- Aveling based his play on the inserted non-Chaucerian "Prologue and Tale of Beryn" in one fifteenth-century manuscript of The Canterbury Tales (the Northumberland manuscript). The representation of 'Kit the tapster', the urban whore, reflected the economic power of a single woman in the Middle Ages. In the light of "The Woman Question: From a Socialist Point of View," article that Edward and Eleanor co-authored in early 1886, some eight years later. The theme Aveling chose here for his play is of great significance.
- First performance. Both Aveling and Eleanor played in the piece; he played the country physician and she played his wife, also May Morris, the daughter of William Morris had a part.
- Again Aveling and Eleanor played a married couple in this piece, performed at Ladbroke Hall, see Holmes, Eleanor Marx A Life (2014),op.cit., p.302.
- Holmes claims that "Edward spent most of December in Torquay rehearsing repertory productions of two of his plays, By the Sea and The Love Philtre." Holmes,Ibid., p.302. However he was lecturing on "Socialism and Science" in the Clerkenwell Hall of the Socialist league on December 7th.
- Engels an Laura Lafargue, London, 9. Mai 88, in: Friedrich Engels, Paul and Laura Lafargue. Correspondence vol. 2: 1887–1890. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1960.),pp.121-122. [Translated by Yvonne Kapp]
- Tsuzuki, S.161.
- Engels to Paul Lafargue, London, 30 June 1888.
- "Dregs, a new play in one act by Mr. Alec Nelson, which was performed for the first time on the same afternoon, is a little masterpiece, nervous in diction and perfect in form. In this condensed tragedy little Miss Norreys, an exquisite comedian, got rather beyond the limitations of her talent." The Man Of The World No.32-New Series, Saturday 25 May 1889, p. 9
- Friedrich Engels to Konrad Schmidt, London, December 9, 1889 "Aveling seems to be doing well with his dramatic endeavours—his last piece, a fortnight ago, was much liked." Marx-Engels Collected Works, Vol. 48
- There is a full review in The Theatre: a monthly review of the drama, music and the fine arts, Jan. 1880-June 1894; London Vol. 16, (Nov 1890), pp.255-256.
- A highly critical review but synopsis of the play in London Standard, October 31, 1893, p.2.
- EMA to LL, 11 November 1893, quoted by Holmes(2014), op. cit.,p.363.
- It would appear that the play was performed 3 years earlier. A newspaper report says that the play is to be performed by the Independent Theatre on May 22nd "in the pretty little theatre of the National Sporting Club, in Covent Garden." Man Of The World. Vol. IV. No. 134.-New Series. Wednesday, May 6, 1891, p.10. Curiously, much later Aveling wrote to Henry Irving about this play. He wanted him to buy it. Clearly the Avelings were in serious debt problems and he says that they have pawned Eleanor's typewriter. (see Aveling's letter to Henry Irving, May 5th 1895)
- St. James Gazette, 8 November 1889, p. 6.
- Philip Henderson, William Morris: his life, work and friends. London: Thames and Hudson,1967,p.264. and Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor Marx: A Biography, passim
- "Melodies. By Edward Aveling", in: Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.3, p. 183.
- Graham Seaman has transcribed an undated Half-penny Pamphlet from the Bodleian Library that is readable online at the Edward Aveling Archive. See https://www.marxists.org/archive/aveling/1896/tramp.htm
- Later with Eleanor, Shelley would be speaking in the name of the proletariat. A poem such as Anarchy Slain by Liberty. The Masque of Anarchy (1819)— saw the poet taking the side of rebelling workers and violently denouncing working-class conditions as slavery. See Shelley's Socialism: Two Lectures. With Eleanor Marx Aveling. London: privately published, 1888.
- Holmes (2014), op.cit.,p. 310f.
- The Academy,London Iss. 612, (26 January 1884), p. 63.
- Rachel Holmes (2014), p. 186; Chushichi Tsuzuki (Berlin, 1981), S. 95.
- Quoted in Gregory L. Cuéllar, Empire, the British Museum, and the Making of the Biblical Scholar in the Nineteenth Century. Archival Criticism. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), p.84.
- Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor, vol. 1, op. cit.
- "Central Criminal Court, March 5", The Times, 6 March 1883, p 12.
- Aveling "To the Readers. By the Interim Editor", in: Progress (1884), Vol. III.-No.3, p.192.
- FE an EB, 6, August 1884
- Time; London (Feb 1891), p.180
- "Ein englischer Roman." In: Die neue Zeit. Bd.2(1893), Heft 51, S.747.
- It is remarkable that Kapp or Holmes do not have any reference to Thomas Hardy's "Tess" in their biographies of Eleanor; although Tsuzuki, does mention Aveling's reviews of Hardy and Moore (1981), op. cit. S.215. Tsuzuki, the former biographer of Hyndman, employed a typical sneer "but apparently few English journals wanted to publish his reviews", seemingly oblivious of the fact that Aveling had actually published on George Moore in Progress.
- Bernard F. Dukore, "Karl Marx's Youngest Daughter and "A Doll's House"", in: Theatre Journal [Washington, D.C.]; Oct 1, 1990; 42, 3; p.309.
- "Nora," and "Breaking a Butterfly." E. Aveling, in: To-Day, vol. 1, 1884,p.473.
- Ibid., p.473.
- Black and White, April 15, 1893, p.444.
- "The Jackal", in: The Theatre. A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. Edited by Bernard E. J. Capes. New Series. Vol. XV.- January to June, 1890. (London: Eglington & Co., 78 & 78A, Great Queen Street, W.C. 1890.[Jan: 1, 1890],pp.58-59.
- "XI - SIX LECTURES TO WORKING MEN "ON OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CAUSES OF THE PHENOMENA OF ORGANIC NATURE" in Huxley, Collected Essays. Vol. 2. Darwinia (Cambridge: CUP, 2011), pp.303-475.
- CD to THH, 7 Dec. 1862.Darwin Correspondence Project, "Letter no. 3848," accessed on 16 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-3848.xml
- CD to THH, 4 January 1865.Darwin Correspondence Project, "Letter no. 4738," accessed on 16 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-4738.xml
- Suzanne Paylor 'Edward B. "Aveling: The People's Darwin'", in Endeavour, vol. 29/2 (2005), pp. 66–71
- Janet Browne, "Darwin in Caricature: A Study in the Popularisation And Dissemination of Evolution", in: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 145, No. 4, December 32001, p.496.
- James R. Moore "Freethought, Secularism, Agnosticism: The Case of Charles Darwin", pp.274-319; in: Religion in Victorian Britain. Volume I. Traditions. Ed. by Gerald Parsons at the Open University (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1988),p.309.
- Darwin Correspondence Project, "Letter no. 12754," accessed on 16 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-12754.xml
- Edward Aveling to Charles Darwin, 12 October 1880, op. cit.[The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: Volume 28, 1880, p.]
- Darwin Correspondence Project, "Letter no. 12757," accessed on 16 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-12757.xml
- Aveling to Darwin, 13 Newman St., London, 09. 08. 1881.
- "Nature" Sept. 8, 1881, p.430.
- Aveling to Darwin 27 September 1881.
- "A Visit to Charles Darwin" The National Reformer, Vol. XL.—No.18. NS., October 22, 1882,pp.-274. E. Aveling, "Ein Besuch bei Darwin", in: Frankfurter Zeitung und Handelsblatt, 23 (311 Morgenblatt), 1882, S. 1-2. Buchner also wrote about the visit see Im Dienste der Wahrheit:Ludwig Buchner. Ausgewahlte Aufsatze aus Natur und Wissenschaft, mit Biographies des Verfassers von Prof. Alex Buchner (Giessen, 1990),S.268f.
- Aveling, "Charles Darwin and Karl Marx: A Comparison" The New Century Review, March–April 1897; cf. James R. Moore (1988) op.cit., pp.311-312.
- J. R. Moore "Why Darwin 'gave up Christianity',in: History, humanity and evolution. Essays for John C. Greene. Edited by James R. Moore(CUP, 1989),pp.195-229,here p.198; Adrian Desmond & James Moore, Darwin (London: Michael Joseph Ltd., 1991), p.658.
- Aveling, The religious views of Charles Darwin. London: Freethought Publishing Company, 1883, p.5.
- It was published in May. See The Academy(7 May 1881),p.336.
- Following Marx's death both Eleanor and Aveling worked with Marx's Nachlass, somehow this letter got mixed up and was later thought to have been addressed to Marx himself. The resulting confusion created a mythology and many subsequent papers on the relationship between Darwinism and Marxism were led along a false paper trail. See David Stack, The First Darwinian Left: Radical and Socialist Responses to Darwin, 1859–1914.(New Clarion Press,2003), Introduction: Myths and Misunderstandings, pp.1-8 and the ensuing bibliography p.124,fn.1.
- The Freethinker, vol. 15-No.1. 6 January 1895, p.15.
- The term "middle-men "was also a term later used in 'The Manifesto of the Socialist League' in the context of class-war, "...there is always war among the workers for bare subsistence, and among their masters, the employers and middle-men, for the share of the profit wrung out of the workers..." (The Commonweal. The Official Journal of The Socialist League. Vol. 1.-No.1. February 1885.
- Biological Discoveries and Problems. Edward B. Aveling, D.Sc., Fellow of University College, Lond. (London: Freethought Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, EC. 1881)
- Aveling, The Student's Darwin (London: Freethought Publishing Company, 1881), p.viii.
- Aveling (1881) Ibid., p.viii.
- "The Fittest Survives. The Law Discovered by Darwin Is Proved by the Survival of His Own Doctrine.", in: The TruthSeeker. A Freethought and Agnostic Newspaper, Vol. 41.-No.24. New York, June 113, 1914.
- Edward Aveling an Ernst Haeckel, London, 29. Oktober 1880 (Signatur: EHA Jena, A 8436). The letter is readable online at https://haeckel-briefwechsel-projekt.uni-jena.de/de/document/b_8436 as part of the Ernst Haeckel Online Briefedition, funded by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and supervised by the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences.
- See Georg Uschmann and Ilse Jahn, eds., "Der Briefwechsel zwischen Thomas Henry Huxley und Ernst Haeckel: Ein Beitrag zum Darwin-Jahr.", in: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Math.-Nat. Reihe), Jg. 9 (1959/1960), S.-33.
- Georg Uschmann, Geschichte der Zoologie und der zoologischen Anstalten in Jena 1779-1919 (Jena,1959), S.128.
- See Robert J. Richards The Tragic Sense of Life. Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008),"Science Has Nothing to Do with Christ"-Darwin. Darwin's Letter, pp.350-352.
- "Darwin and Haeckel", in: The National Reformer. Radical Advocate and Freethought Journal, Vol. XL.-No. 16. New Series. (8 October 1882), p.251.
- See Deborah Lavin (20121), op. cit., p.220.
- Aveling, The Student's Darwin (London: Freethought Publishing Company, 1881), Advertisment, p.[v].
- Terence Ball, "Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration", in: Political Theory, Vol. 7, No.4 (Nov., 1979), pp.469-483, here p.474.
- Aveling, "Charles Darwin and Karl Marx: a comparison", in: The New Century Review, March and April 1897, pp.232-243. It was translated into German and French: "Charles Darwin und Karl Marx- eine Parallele,", in: Die Neue Zeit 2 (1897), S.745-757; "Charles Darwin et Karl Marx," in: Devenir Social (1897).
- Lewis S. Feuer, "Is the 'Darwin-Marx Correspondence' Authentic?", in: Annals of Science, 32 (1975), pp.1-12.Feuer,here p.12. In fact Hyndman, who hated the pair, had accused Eleanor of forgery.
- See Ralph Colp Jr. "The contacts of Charles Darwin with Edward Aveling and Karl Marx", in: Annals of Science, 33:4, (1976), pp.387-394, that contains the written judgement of a Mr. Karl Aschaffenburg, a handwriting expert, who had studied Darwin's handwriting for many years.
- Darwin Correspondence Project, "Letter no. 9080," accessed on 5 September 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-9080.xml See Ralph Colp Jnr. op. cit., (1974), APPENDIX The Bibliographic History of Darwin's Two Letters to Marx, pp.337-338.
- Ralph Colp Jr. "The Contacts Between Karl Marx and Charles Darwin", in: Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 35, No. 32 (Apr.-Jun. 1974), pp.329-338, here p.334. Unfortunately, Ralph Colp Jnr. feels it necessary to repeat Yvonne Kapp's absurd claim that perhaps Aveling was never at Marx's funeral (Ibid., p. 337.)
- Friedrich Engels an Laura Lafargue, London 16, April 1885, S.298.
- Yvonne Kapp, Eleanor Marx: A Biography. Preface by Sally Alexander (London New York: Verso Books, 2018), 744f.
- Matthew Gwyther: Inside story: 7 Jew's Walk. In: The Daily Telegraph. 23 September 2000
- Deborah Lavin goes so far as to suggest he personally used chloroform on her and that he had administered the poison by intubation "Aveling, ...had the medical background to perform an intubation on a chloroformed subject." Edward Aveling 'Son-in-law of Karl Marx (2021),p.529. See also Stephen Williams and Tony Chandler "Tussy's great delusion' – Eleanor Marx's death revisited" in: Socialist History, Vol. 2020, Issue 58, pp.7-31.; Wilson, A N, God's Funeral, London: John Murray 1999: 293–4.
- Dean Wareham, "Eleanor Marx: The Last Word", in: Counterpunch, March 31, 2021. Dean Wareham has written a song about her last words. https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/03/31/eleanor-marx-the-last-word/
- The Late Dr. Aveling: Cremation at Woking Yesterday" The Observer; 7 August 1898,p.6.
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- Journal of Education, May 1, 1886, p.212 (Reviews and Notices).
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- Edward Aveling Archive at marxists.org
- Works by Edward Aveling at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Edward Aveling at Internet Archive
- Works by Edward Aveling at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Ernst Haeckel, The Pedigree of Man: And Other Essays. London : Freethought Pub., tr. by E.B. Aveling (1883).
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- Dr. Izzy Gibbin "Love and tragedy in the British Library: The story of Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling Part 1" [27 March 2018] [Untold lives blog- The British Library]
- Dr. Izzy Gibbin "Love and tragedy in the British Library: The story of Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling Part 2" [29 March 2018] [Untold lives blog- The British Library]