3 Halkin Street, Grosvenor Place, London. 15 Dec., 1865.
My dear Hr. Andersen,
I heard from a friend in Copenhagen that you had been for some time in Sweden, and I am delighted to find that you were received with so much honour in Stockholm. It must have been very pleasing to you. When my daughters and I were in Sweden 3 autumns ago, we often heard you and your charming works much praised. Did you write any tale of poem on the beautiful Falls of Trollhätten?
Mr. Bentley, to whom I sent your letter, begs me to give you his kind remembrances, and say that he will be very happy to publish your new work; I shall be happy, D. V., to translate it, and have no doubt these new Eventyr will quite keep up your fame.
I would sooner have answered your kind letter, but I have been waiting to hear from Mr. Bentley whether he would undertake to publish your friend Hr. Pastor Thisted’s work or not. I only got his answer last night, and that is merely to say that he would wish to see the book in order to determine if it will be suitable to the taste of the English Public. If he thinks it will be so, he will publish it. I have written Hr. Pastor Thisted, what Mr. Bentley says etc. etc. etc. You will no doubt enjoy a visit to Lisbon very much, and I hope that you will pass through England on your way back to Denmark.
I suppose we shall have some historiettes of Portugal from your able pen some of these days.
We all unite in kind remembrances to you, and in wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year and many returns of them.
Believe me, dear Hr. Andersen,
Yours most sincerely,
A. S. Bushby