from David Lawson's Paul
Morphy: the Pride and the Sorrow of Chess:
Frederick Milns Edge's letter to Daniel Willard Fiske November 18, 1858
(indicating Morphy's possible meeting with Napoleon III):
1 Rue du Dauphin; Paris
18th November 1858
My dear Fiske.
Will you have the goodness to forward the following immediately to Mons.
Cafe de la Régence
2 Complete sets of the Chess Monthly for 1858.
[The next paragraph concerns subscriptions.]
There is nothing new. Morphy stays until Spring, and Anderssen comes here
to play a
match on 18th Dec. The universal stated opinion of all Europe now is, that
superior not merely to all living players, but to Labourdonnais etc.even.
At the Régence,
the old friends of Labourdonnais openly declare this; they say that P. M.
brilliant and much more solide, and that he has reduced chess to "une
You will recollect that Paulsen said the same thing last year.
Morphy has this week announced publicly that he will play none in France
Harrwitz; but Harrwitz has had too much already. The statement in last
London News that Harrwitz was about to challenge Morphy to another
contest is a lie.
Harrwitz won't even play an off-hand game. Fancy Morphy giving all France
The American Ambassador has become a warm Friend of Morphy's and without
knowledge, has proposed and got him elected a member of the Cercle
which only the Emperor, Princes Imperials, the highest noblesse, ministers
ambassadors belong. Morphy was received by them with distinguished honor.
Mason is going also to present him to the Emperor. "Honors crowd thick
upon him," but they do not affect him.
Why do you not write us an epistle, and tell us about the N. Y. Club,
Thompson, Mead, etc.? You ought to, and Morphy is expecting it of you.
Yours most truly
Fred. M. Edge
P.S. Address as above, but write soon.
In a previous letter from Edge to Fiske, dated November
12, Edge wrote that Mason [John Young Mason], the American Minister
(Ambassador) to France, who had taken a great interest in Morphy and was
frequently seen sitting at the board when Morphy was playing and who was
one of those present at Morphy’s blindfold exhibition in Paris] "has
requested permission to introduce Morphy to the Emperor, who has the
reputation of being a very tolerable knight player.”