Devonshire Terrace, London. Fourth June 1849.
My Dear and admired Andersen,I send this hasty note across the water to you, to thank you for the delight your kind letter has given me, and to assure you that you live, always fresh, in my remembrance. My wife and children entreat me to give their loves to you, and we all want to know when you are going to make us happier and better by / writing a new book. We feel jealous af Stockholm and jealous of Finland, and we say to one another that you ought to be at home and nowhere else (unless indeed in England where we should receive you most heartily) with a pen in your hand and a goodly pile of paper before you.
The two Baronesses arrived here safely. Charming Baronesses they were, and I took them to my bosom with all honour, love, and gallantry.
I am quite charmed when I hear / from you again, and to send this small message back, though only to take you by the hand and assure you af the cordial sympathy, friendship, and esteem of
and faithful reader
Hans Christian Andersen.