THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY                                                                                                                                                                           Edge to Fiske - January 6, 1859



Frederick Milns Edge's letter to Daniel Willard Fiske August 30, 1858

London Chess Club
August 30, 1858

My Dear Fiske,

Herewith you will receive 7 games, which, I trust, will stop your [illegible] for some days to come. I went down with Morphy to Birmingham on the 26th, and he was there received with astounding enthusiasm. He did not, however, enter the tournament, fearing that it might be used to his prejudice {Re Staunton and the £500 match} but he played 8 games blindfold simultaneously finishing them up inside of 6 hours at one sitting . The particulars of the Birmingham meeting you will find in two local papers, which I forward you . The first, at Morphy's request.

You may add latter scores formerly sent you it to the following.

Mongredieu, Pres. London CC
Morphy 2.     Mong 0.    Drawn 0
Morphy 3.     Medley (Sec of L.C.C.) )  D. 0
Morphy 2      Kipping 0   Drawn 0

Morphy desires me to say that

"You must not on any account accept anything from the Illustrated
London News referring to him , as Staunton is – ( what you know. Do not copy games from that sheet, as S. only publishes what he thinks will be to Morphy's detriment.

Staunton promised at Birmingham to play M. the beginning of November.

Morphy leaves tomorrow for Paris, -- I accompany him and will correspond
with you. I am his Sec, Historian &c. &c. &c.  and God knows I'll do
him justice.

--- Anderson has promised to play him a short match at London in October, but Morphy will most likely go to Breslau and play him a long one of 21 games.

-- The United Kingdom of Gr Britain and Ireland to a man ---- barring
the Pariah Staunton, now calling Morphy the greatest player since Labourdonnais. See Boden's "Field", sent you, &c. &c.

I send you the results of M. & Löwenthal's match as follows.
   M 9.      L 3.      Drawn 2.
             ( see "Era")

Löwenthal & Staunton met in the Birmingham Tournament in the last round but one;  Staunton has succumbed: -- not having got a game or drawn one.
We are in ecstasies.

I will write you from Paris: Morphy is in glorious health and spirits,

 ! ! ! ! ! Excelsior  ! ! ! ! !
 ! ! ! ! ! Viva Regina ! ! ! ! !
 ! ! ! ! !  Palmam qui meruit ferat  ! ! ! ! !

Erin go unum & pluribus bragh.

Give it to Thompson for heaven's sake, and when you've got him down,
give him two in the belly for me. Hurrah.

                                                 Yours ever.
                                                           Fred Edge ----