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



Frederick Milns Edge's letter to Daniel Willard Fiske November 18, 1858

1Rue du Dauphin, Paris
18th November, 1858

My dear Fiske,

Will you have the -goodness- to forward the following immediately to
     Mons. Jean Preti,
          Café de la Régence

2 Complete sets of the chess monthly
                     for 1858
and commencing with 1859, 5 numbers every month.

                Préti is a capital fellow, we both like him much, and Morphy has appointed him your agent here, as he has an immense acquaintance among chess players throughout Europe, Particularly in the higher circles. Préti wishes you to forward every number by post in a cover, and to save weight you had, perhaps, better cut out adverstising ads. immediately on rect. (receipt - sbc.) he will forward you the amount. Morphy holds himself responsible. Please tell Préti  what the cost of postage is per number and also what commission you will allow him: he now goes on the principle of the terms on the cover of the monthly, but he supposes you will allow him a commission besides on all orders he gets- and they will be considerable. Here are 5 to begin.

            There is nothing new. Morphy stays until spring, and Anderson comes here to play match on 18th Dec. The universal state opinion of all Europe now is , that Morphy is superior , not merely to all living players, but to Labourdonnais &c. even. At the Régence, the old friends of Labourdonnais openly declare this: They say that P.M.. is equally brilliant and much more solide, and That he has reduced chess to " une science exacte." You will recollect that Paulsen said the same thing last year.

           Morphy has this week announced publicly that he will play no one in France ever except Harrwitz: but Harrwitz has had too much already. The statement in last ILL. London. N. that H. was about to challenge M to another contest is a lie: H won't even play an off-hand game. Fancy Morphy giving all France Pawn&move.

              Mr. American Ambassador has become a warm friend of Morphy's, and, without his knowledge has proposed and got him elected member of the cercle imperial, to which only the Emperor, Princes Imperials, the highest noblesse, ministers and foreign ambassadors belong. Morphy was received by them with most distinguished honor. Mr. Mason is going also to present him to the emperor. " Honors crowd thick upon him" but they do not affect him.

Why do not write us as an epistle, and tell us about the N.Y. Club., Thompson, Mead &c? You ought to, and Morphy is expecting it of you,

I remain yours most truly.

Fred Edge