I suppose you will be busy for the Salon - I saved up a
stamp on purpose, to be able to write to you once more.
I have written to friend Rappard, but of course no answer as
yet; in ordinary cases he sometimes waits a month before he
If you are strained yourself, send me less than usual if it
must be; but send it as soon as possible. For next week I have
an arrangement with Van der Weele to go and paint in the
dunes - he will show me a few things which I do not know
I have been working in the dunes for some days, but I long
for a model: otherwise I cannot go on.
In short, I feel rather worried. So write as soon as
possible. As for the work, I am getting on pretty well, and I
think you would like some of the drawings I have on hand
I wish you might have some good luck, boy, for I know you
are having a hard time too. Best wishes, adieu, I must set to
work - out-of-doors.
Yours sincerely, Vincent
I shall soon write you at greater length about some things.
There seems to be something the matter with the woman in regard
to what I told you about her mother; perhaps it is nothing. I
do not know what it is myself, but it is another thing that
worries me. Write soon, boy, for it is very unpleasant to be
without a cent. It makes trifles take on the biggest
At this time, Vincent was 30 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 4-6 May 1883 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 283.
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