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From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:

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1819

The Confirmation

1819: The Confirmation


18 April

HCA is confirmed by Archdeacon Tetens in Saint Knuds Church (Odense Cathedral; HCA belonged to Saint Canute's Parish). He had elbowed himself into this situation, despite the fact that the archdeacon otherwise only confirmed children of wealthier citizens. Amongst these children of the upper classes, with whom HCA attends preparation for confirmation, is Laura Tnder-Lund (daughter of the deceased Niels Tnder-Lund, titular Councillor of State), who thus becomes a personal acquaintance and whom he seeks out in Copenhagen, where she arrives in 1819, the same year as HCA himself. She then helps HCA establish contacts within the higher circles of Copenhagen society. In the ledger of the children confirmed, Archdeacon Tetens has made the first written observations of HCA:

"Has very good abilities and good religious knowledge. Although his diligence can not be praised, he must not be judged on the basis of his social standing in life".

21 April

The tenants of the house were given notice, and the family moved to a small house with a garden, further down the street, closest to the river.

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