3 Halkin Street, Grosvenor Place, London, S. W. 6 Dec., 1863.
My dear Mr. Andersen,
His Excellency, Mr. de Bille, the Danish Minister, has been so kind as to forward to Copenhagen 2 copies of "The Ice Maiden", which our friend Mr. Bentley gave me to send to you. I hope you will be pleased with my portion of the Book - the translation; and also with the illustrations. You cannot fall to be pleased with the binding and outside of the work, which is got up very prettily. There has been scarcely time for any review of it yet - so many books have been published recently; but I have no doubt it will be admired and praised. Mr. George Bentley told me that 700 copies were ordered before the book was ready. I think the tales charming.
I have put into your parcel a copy of "The Ice Maiden", for my friend Mr. Fred.k Tutein, Vesterbro 89. Will you be so good as to send it to him - or give it to his servant, if he sends to you for it. His exemplar is in yellow paper - your 2 in white paper.
I wrote to you on 4th Nov. and enclosed my letter to Mr. Melchior who wrote me back that he had sent it to you. I therein begged you when next you write to me, to be so kind as send 5 or 6 of your Autographs or Signatures - as I am frequently asked for them. Will you kindly do this?
"I Spanien" reached me a very few days ago - and I lost no time in beginning to translate it. It seems a delightful work - so lively and so graphic, and so prettily interspersed with poems. I shall do my best to render it well in English.
What a sad thing that these abominable Germans should be so inveterate against Denmark! But I trust and hope that dear Denmark - so brave - and so united - will never be crushed by these hot-headed, unprincipled fools in Germany.
My family join me in kind remembrances to you, and in wishing you many happy returns of Christmas and the New Year. Believe me, dear Mr. Andersen, yours most sincerely,
A. S. Bushby.