To the Editor of the Chess-Player's Chronicle.
Sir,-- A paragraph which appeared in a Sporting Newspaper of Sunday last,
purporting to be in reply to inquiries of a Correspondent, has been
pointed out to me, in which my name is introduced, and some assertions are
hazarded concerning the result of my play with De la Bourdonnais and Mr.
M'Donnell, every particular of which is a falsehood. The veracious scribe
who has ventured with so much flippancy to decide upon the relative skill
of the leading Chess players during the last quarter of a century, is
please to assert that --
"Mr. Lewis never played but seven games with De la Bourdonnais;" that,
after playing three games at the pawn and move with Des Chappelles, "Des
Chappelles wanted to renew the match, and offered to give increased odds,
but Mr. Lewis declined ever again playing with him;" and that, "At the
time of M'Donnell's being at his greatest strength, Lewis had already
quitted the Chess circle, and publicly owned his inferiority."
Now, Sir, in the first place, with N. De la Bourdonnais, instead of seven,
I played about seventy games. Secondly, on the occasion of my
having the pleasure of playing with Des Chappelles, he politely gave me
the option of encountering him upon equal terms, or of taking trifling
odds; and, after I succeeded in winning the match which we played at the
pawn and move had circumstances enabled us again to meet, we should
doubtless have played even. M. Des Chappelle was far too courteous and
well-bred to insist on giving odds in opposition to the wishes of his
Respecting my play with Mr. M'Donnell, (with whom I lived for many years
on terms of intimacy, and who was one of my earliest and most constant
pupils,) it is well known I continued to give the pawn and move, up to the
last game I had the gratification of playing with him; and I should
certainly have felt no hesitation in yielding th0se odds to him at any
period of his short lived but brilliant career. -- Apologizing for
troubling you upon this matter apparently so unimportant, I beg to
subscribe myself, Sir,
12, Chatham-place, Blackfriars.