From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:
2 January 1858
Returns from Basnæs Estate to Copenhagen.
Reads aloud for the Students' Association for "a particularly large auditorium".
Release of Nye Eventyr og Historier (New Tales and Stories), including "Suppe paa en Pølsepind" (Soup on a Sausage Stick), "Flaskehalsen" (The Bottle Neck), "Pebersvendens Nathue" (The Nightcap of the Peversvend), "Noget" (Something), "Det gamle Egetræes sidste Drøm" (The Old Oak Tree's last Dream) and "Abc-bogen" (The A-B-C Book). This book already sold out on 12th March. 4 editions had been released by 1865.
Is summoned to dine at court with King Frederik VII for the first time.
Is bestowed with the honorary Silver Cross from the order; Men of the Dannebrog.