Engels retired from business in 1869 to devote himself to the cause of socialism. He had always disliked living in Manchester and in 1870 he moved to London where he could more easily act as the military correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette and where he could play a more active part in the affairs of the First International. Lizzie Burns readily agreed to the move. Engels wrote that "she has had words with her relations here and she does not want to stay in Manchester any longer".1