(To the Editor of the Illustrated London News) November 15,
Sir, -- My attention has this moment been
directed to a passage in a letter of Lord Lyttleton to Mr. Morphy wherein
allusion is made to the "suppression" of a portion of Mr. Morphy's letter to me,
which you published, together with my answer, in your Paper for Oct. 23. I have
not seen the epistle to which Lord Lyttleton's is a reply; but I plead guilty at
once to having omitted, when sending you Mr. Morphy's jeremiade
[sic] and my answer, a couple of paragraphs from the former.
My reasons for omitting them were, in the first place,
because they appeared to be irrelevant to the main point between Mr. Morphy and
me; secondly, because I knew if the letters extended very much beyond the
limited space you apportion to chess they were pretty certain of being omitted,
or, as Mr. Morphy phrases it "suppressed" altogether; and thirdly, because I had
already written a friend in Paris with whom, through my introduction, Mr. Morphy
was living in intimate terms, an explanation touching the notice Mr. Morphy
professes to be so concerned at; and from my friend's reply, which intimated
that Mr. Morphy was about to write to me in an amicable spirit, I, of course,
supposed there was an end of the matter, and I should be permitted to pursue my
work, and this young gentleman his play, without further misunderstanding.
That, after this, and in the face of my endeavors
through your Journal to set his blindfold and other chess exploits before the
public in the most advantageous light -- in the face of every civility which to
the extent of my opportunities I have endeavored to show him from the first
moment of his arrival in the country -- he could reconcile this to his sense of
honor and honesty to impute to me a willful suppression of any portion of his
letter, does, indeed, amaze me, and I only account for it by supposing he is
under the influence of very ill advisors, or that his idea of what is honorable
and honest is very different from what I had hoped and believed it to be.
I am, Sir, yours, &c.
P.S. That you may judge with what likelihood and with what propriety Mr. Morphy
attributes the omission of the excerpta to sinister motives, I enclose
them, and shall be obliged by your giving them the additional publicity he
craves as soon as your space permits: --
"A statement appeared in the chess department of that
Journal (the Illustrated London News) a few weeks since that "Mr. Morphy
had come to Europe unprovided with backers or seconds -- the inference being
obvious, that my want of funds was the reason of our match not taking place. As
you are the editor of that department of the Illustrated London News, I
felt much hurt that a gentleman who had always received me at his club and
elsewhere with great kindness and courtesy should allow so prejudicial a
statement to be made in reference to me; one, too, which is not strictly
consonant with fact.
"In conclusion, I beg leave to state that I had
addressed a copy of this letter to the editors of the Illustrated London News,
Bell's Life in London, the Era, the Field, and the
Sunday Times; being most desirous that our true position should no longer be
misunderstood by the community at large. I again request you to fix a date for
our commencing the match."