From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:
1819From Odense to Copenhagen
Music Director Siboni
HCA leaves Odense, armed with a letter of recommendation from Mr Iversen, the newspaper publisher and printer, to give to Anne Margrethe Schall, ballet dancer at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. (Iversen's daughter, Madseline Antonette, married into the Hanck family, with whom HCA enjoyed a friendship for years to come, especially with the daughter Henriette Hanck).
Travels as a stowaway, i.e. gets on and off the wagon outside the town gates of Odense and Copenhagen respectively. Brings with him his savings consisting of 13 rdl., out of which 3 rdl. are used for payment of the trip as stowaway. According to HCA, he had saved this money by putting aside some of the few coins he had received in the past.
6 September 1819
(this date is first given in Mit Livs Eventyr (The Fairy Tale of My Life) , although HCA specifies the date as 5th September in both Levnedsbogen (The Biography) and in Mit eget Eventyr uden Digtning (The True Story of My Life).
HCA arrives in Copenhagen and witnesses the feud against the Jews, which, in the wake of similar events in Germany, had just erupted on 4th September.
His first lodgings are in Gardergården, an inn on the street named Vestergade, now no. 18.
Applies in person with the letter of recommendation to Madame Schall (for whom he performs a grotesque "ballet") and is then thrown out. He then goes to Holstein, the theatre director and chamberlain, but with no positive outcome.
A "Madame of Copenhagen", Sophie Charlotte Hermansen assists HCA with food and board. In her first marriage, this Madame had had the job of wet nurse for Crown Prince Ferdinand, but her later fate in Copenhagen was more dubious; she provides HCA with inspiration for the widow who, in the drama De to Baronesser (The Two Baronesses) , sends Elisabeth to F.C. Olsen, the later principle of Viborg Cathedral, with letters for the purpose of begging.
Like HCA, she too had taken the day coach from Odense to Copenhagen as a stowaway (in order to visit her son, at the time of his achieving (the equivalent of) his General Certificate (England) or high school graduation (USA). She assists HCA in finding a job, so that he may earn his keep and remain in Copenhagen, despite the disappointing result of his first attempt to join the theatre. HCA is given a position with the carpenter Madsen in Borgergade, but does not last the first day.
18th September: (presumably)
HCA is introduced to Siboni, the newly appointed director of the theatre's school of singing, at a social event where also the composer Weyse and the poet Baggesen are present. Is advised to visit Weyse the next day (at his home in Kronprinsessegade 386, later no. 8). Weyse, impressed by HCA's attempt to "sell his talent" during the audience with Siboni, has collected money for him.Siboni promises HCA singing lessons and meals at his house (Vingårdsstræde 134, later no. 5). HCA lives in Ulkegaden 108 (later Holmensgade no. 8, now Bremerholmen; the house was demolished in 1932) an infamous district frequented by prostitutes. The landlady was a widow and midwife, Maren Sophie Thorgesen, who in 1821 left for the West Indies with her new husband and died there, long after the husband had left her and returned to Copenhagen. Madame Thorgesen demanded 20 rdl. in rent from HCA for the miserable, dark room which he had on the first floor. Seeks out the half sister of his mother, Christiane Jansen. It turns out that she runs a brothel. Is taught German by a teacher named Jens Worm Bruun in Farvegade (Farve Street). This is necessary because of the singing lessons with Siboni.