On June 10, 1856 Ernest Morphy wrote a letter to Napoleon Marache, the editor of the recently implemented chess column in the weekly New York Clipper which was published in it's June 23, 1856 issue.


Moscow, Clermont County, Ohio
June 10, 1856
N. Marache, Esq.
Chess Editor of the New York Clipper

Dear Sir:
   For years past Mr. Rousseau, on account of important and arduous duties, and myself as a votary of rural life, have both given up playing chess. My nephew, Paul Morphy, who is incontestably our superior, now holds the scepter of chess in New Orleans. In May, 1850, when only thirteen years of age, he played three games with the celebrated Hungarian player, Mr. Löwenthal. The first game was drawn, and the two others gloriously won by Paul.
   You have herewith one of those games—unfortunately the only one recorded—and also a two move enigma composed as far back as 1849.

Yours Most sincerely
Ernest Morphy