Dear Mr. Andersen,
I was quite astonished to find by your letter that you were not gone to Scotland. I was sorry that we had not known it earlier, as we perhaps might have contributed in some way to your happiness or comfort while you were waiting for this pleasant journey.
I hope that you will not leave London without seeing us and letting us have a friendly and familiar talk together about your translations. You so sadly misunderstood me at first, and now I want us to come to a good understanding, for, perhaps, if I do not translate them myself, I could give you some useful suggestions. I regret so much that we have not talked openly together as friend with friend. When you come back, let me know what you have done about them, and do always remember that nothing will make me happier than to be useful to you. Mr. William Longman says that the autobiography sells very well, and that is a pleasant thing to hear.
I hope you will write to me from Scotland. And do let me induce you to be open and candid with me, if in any way either I or Mr. Howitt can serve you.
I am, dear Sir, Yours very faithfully,