Rome, Saturday [about May 1861]
Ever dearest Isa, - [...]
Andersen (the Dane) came to see me yesterday - kissed my hand, a seemed in a general verve for embracing. He is very earnest, very simple, very childlike. I like him. Pen [Robert Wiedemann Barrett] says of him, 'He is not really pretty. he is rather like his own ugly duck, but his mind has developed into a swan'.
That wasn't bad of Pen, was it? he gets on with his Latin too ...