Riverside, Cambridge, Mass. 10 April 1869
Dear Mr. Andersen,
I have just returned from a journey and hasten to answer yours of the 17th March which came just as I was setting out. I am very much obliged to you for doing me the kindness to write with the Roman character, as I was thus able to read your letter myself, without calling in aid, which is never wholly agreeable in correspondence.
I will only now acknowledge the receipt of «The Comet" which will appear in the June number, reaching us just in time for that.
I should explain that the general term of revision is used of the entire edition and does not so much refer to revision of words in the translation, as to selection in case of the poetry and dramatic works, and to the new portion of the Story of My Life, as well as to the fact that publishing the series in connexion with you, we have recourse to you in any question which may arise as to the works translated. We desire simply to convey the impression that in the issue of this new American edition, the author has a voice, and a directive oversight.
It was unfortunate for me that General Raaslöff sailed for Europe just as I reached New York, so that I was unable to pay my respects to him. I sent the number containing "The Dryad" to Mr. Spring, as you requested, and also the subsequent numbers. He will receive the magazine containing your stories hereafter as from you.
Messrs. Hurd and Houghton unite with me in cordial greeting.
HORACE E. SCUDDER