You must forgive me for having forgotten your birthday. My
best wishes. I hope this year will be a happy one for you, and
that you will like your work more and more.
My time here is almost up. Next Saturday I go home to say
goodbye, and then on to Paris on Sunday. I fear, however, that
it will be Monday before I can start, and that I shall have to
stay over in Helvoirt on Sunday. I hope that I shall be able to
write you when I'll be passing through Brussels in time. I may
not be able to, as I do not know for sure when I have to be in
How are Uncle and Aunt - have they moved already? You must
write me about this soon, my address is below. I am writing in
a hurry; as you can imagine, I am very busy. Adieu, best
wishes. Compliments to Uncle, Aunt, Mr. Schmidt and Eduard.
Always your loving Vincent.
V. W. van Gogh
C/o Messrs. Goupil & Co.,
17 Southampton Street, Strand, London
Don't forget to write V. W. van Gogh; otherwise it
might be confused with Uncle Vincent's mail, he is only called
V., you know.
At this time, Vincent was 20 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 5 May 1873 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 007.
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