PO Box 2987 New York
My dear Sir
March 2nd 1885
Your extremely kind letter came during my absence from N. Y. and
my return I have been very busy indeed with editorial work. I
take the earliest opportunity (since finishing the March number of the
magazine which is now in binders hands) in which to thank you most
for your generous recommendations.
Knowing you to be an old admirer and friend of poor Morphy I should
like to have your opinion on my essay about him after it is
It is impossible to say all at once and many important points have not
been even touched yet. If you happen to have time I should be very
glad to have a letter from you on the subject which I would be only too
proud to publish with the fullest permission extended to you to
me as severely as you may in my own paper. My object is to show
I have no personal feeling in the matter.
I was very much struck with the remark you made repeatedly after we
had played several games together: A pawn ahead wins.