In reply to your very courteous proposal for me to visit New
Orleans for the purpose of encountering Mr. Paul Morphy at Chess, permit
me to mention that for many years professional duties have compelled me
to abandon the practice of the game almost entirely except in the most
desultory manner, and at the present time these duties are so exacting
that it is with difficulty I am enabled to snatch one day out of seven
for exercise and relaxation.
Under the circumstances you will at once perceive that a long and
arduous chess contest, even in this Metropolis, would be an enterprise
too formidable for me to embark in without ample opportunity for the
recovery of my old strength in play, together with such arrangements as
would prevent the sacrifice of my professional engagements for the sake
of a match at chess, and that the idea of undertaking one in a foreign
country, many thousand miles from here, is admissible only in a dream.
With friendly greetings to my proposed antagonist, whose talent and
enthusiasm no one can more highly estimate, and with compliments to you
for the honor implied in your selection of me as the opponent of such a
champion, I beg to subscribe myself, with every consideration.