Oakleigh, Bolton. Lancashire. Dec. 20th 70.
My dear Hans Andersen,
I enclose you a little card wishing you the usual English compliments of the season, and adding to it a very sincere hope that you will enjoy a very happy Xmas indeed.
The new Edition of some of your tales has come out, and a very handsome volume it is, just fit for a nice Xmas gift. Last week I was at a dinner where one of our public lecturers, a great man, was also present. When he heard that I had the pleasure of knowing you personally he was very interested, and asked me so many questions about you that we talked of nothing else, and he seemed quite jealous that he had no friends in Denmark that he might come out and make your acquaintance. All my friends send warm greetings to you, for you know that every one here in England loves you, old and young, all read your very beautiful works, and then, of course, become very fond of the good friend who has given them so much pleasure.
We are all very happy now that our Prince is likely to live. For ten days we were very sad about him - but now, thank God, the anxiety is over, and we can have a happy Xmas.
We have had a terrible beginning to the winter - such very severe frost is an unwelcome and unusual guest with us at this season of the year - tho' I like it I hope it will [not] continue.
I have read O. T. and like it very much - it was a very pleasant companion for me on my journey home. I was so sorry to leave Denmark and all my friends there. It was a delightful visit, and I live in the memory of it till one day I come again and renew the many warm friendships I have there. I hope before that to see you, my dear friend, in my home - that will be a pleasure! so be sure you come and receive the welcome all are so glad and willing to give you.
With affectionate regards, I am, my dear friend,
Very sincerely yours,