THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY                                                                                                                                                                                            Anti-book


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,      

           Paul Morphy