The Hans Christian Andersen Center

Dato: 6. januar 1864
Fra: Richard Bentley   Til: H.C. Andersen
Sprog: engelsk.

New Burlington Street. January 6, 64.

My dear Friend,

I have sent you two copies af the Ice Maiden. And as you desired a copy to M. Bille and another to Sir Drummond-Hay.

The book is much admired here, and Zwecker is considered to have well executed his illustrations. Altogether the general feeling is one of admiration for the genius, of the Author, whom I style "the Danish Goldsmith".

The general feeling of the English, notwithstanding the small and mean policy of Lord Russell, is decidedly in favour of the brave Danish people. It is impossible that Providence will suffer this noble people to be crushed under the hoof af the Germans. The English people will not remain quiescent spectators of so great a wrong. God speed to the Danes, say I; and I believe I speak the language of most Englishmen.

Ever your sincere friend,

Richard Bentley.

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