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


To Elsinore with Principle Meisling

1826: To Elsinore with Principle Meisling

1 May

HCA moves to Elsinore with the Meisling family, where Meisling is to be principle of the "Latin School" (equivalent to grammar school).

1 July

The linguist Rasmus Nyerup prints a prose draft by HCA ("Fragment af en Reise fra Roeskilde til Helsingør (Fragment of a Journey from Roskilde to Elsinore)) in Nyeste Skilderi af Kjøbenhavn (Newest Depictions of Copenhagen). It was an excerpt of a letter from HCA to Rasmus Nyerup.


After walking from Elsinore to Copenhagen (to visit the Wulff and the Collin families), HCA wrote his first nature poem "Aftenen" ("The Evening"), where his humour shines through for the first time.


The grant for HCA's education from the fund ad usus publicos is extended by two years.


HCA writes the poem "Det Døende Barn" (The Dying Child) whilst under the influence of his own lamentable circumstances at the Meislings'. HCA recites the poem for the German-born Ludolph Schley, who was in Elsinore during this year. Schley was a merchant and translator of Swedish literature to German (he had travelled quite a bit in Sweden). Schley moved on from Elsinore to Libau, where he founded his own merchant's company.

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