1868A Visit to Portugal and Dryaden (The Wood Nymph)
Departure from Altona, travelling via Fredericia-Strib to Odense. Stays with Bishop Engelstoft (2nd - 4th July).
Arrival in Copenhagen. Lodges with the Melchior family. Receives by post a Russian translation of his fairy-tales. The author, Johannes Kneppelhout, is in Copenhagen with his family. Goes on an outing to Hellebæk (the Collins'), also to Elsinore and Frederiksborg Castle (28th). There are also trips to Bellevue and Klampenborg. On 2nd August, HCA goes to:
"the deer forest for the poor people; there was dancing and swings; people sat in the summer houses and ate their packed food"
Off to Holsteinborg.
To Korsør. Leaves for Århus on the next day.
17th - 30th August
At Friisenborg. Carl Bloch is also there to paint. HCA suffers a great deal from a sore on his leg at this time.
Returns to Copenhagen.
Goes to see the Melchior family at Rolighed. Corresponds with Anton Nielsen, a school teacher and writer (HCA calls him the peoples' writer).
28 September 1868
Returns to his lodgings in Copenhagen. Receives a visit from Anna Bjerring. Allows himself to be badgered into visiting her in turn, in the Vesterbro area of Copenhagen, in spite of problems with the leg. Sees the Kneppelhout family once again, when they return from Sweden.