August 21, 1858
Dear sir.-- First I must apologize for not
replying to your previous communication. As you observe, my
numerous contests must be the excuse for my remissness.
It is certainly a high compliment to so young a player
as myself that you, whose reputation in the chess arena has been
unapproached during so many long years, should require any
preparation for our match. Immediately on my arrival in England,
some two months since, I spoke to you in reference to our contest,
and, in accepting the challenge, you stated that you should
require some time to prepare, and you proposed a period for
commencing which I accepted.
I am well aware that your many engagements in the
literary world must put you to some inconvenience in meeting me,
and I am therefore desirous to consult your wishes in every
respect. Would you please state the earliest opportunity when
those engagements will permit the match coming off, such time
being consistent with your previous preparation.
The few weeks referred to in your favor seem to be rather vague,
and I leave the terms entirely to yourself. I remain dear sir.
yours very respectfully,