Nuenen, 2nd half September 1884
Just a few words in haste. My parents asked me whether I
have had any further news about your visit. I told them that I
supposed you would come in October in all probability,
but that I did not know an exact date. 1 Let me tell
you quite privately that, though you will always be
welcome, and are expected at any
time, it would be more convenient for those at home
if you came in October instead of in
November, for instance, because of the fact that
I believe they are expecting other guests later on, for
which reason I myself may go and stay somewhere else in
You will see from what I say that not only I but my parents
especially are counting on your coming, and that it would
greatly disappoint us if your visit did not come off - so much
so that I should regret having written you this if it
shortened your visit by a single hour.
That my parents spoke about it was meant rather as a hint to
me that certain people were expected to come in
November, people who like my room better than my company; so I
repeat, a hint to me that they would not be sorry if I
were not at home, say, in November or perhaps the first half of
But most positively they as well as I are
expecting you and we should all be disappointed if you
did not come.
But as I have already told them that I intend to go on a
trip in November, so as not to be in anybody's way, my parents
are counting on that too.
So do come in October and stay as long as
possible - just as you wrote in your last letter, for that
matter. But I shall have to be away during
November. It is very beautiful here. Only
don't postpone your visit too long.
Goodbye, with a handshake,
Ever yours, Vincent
It is really damned inconvenient for me not to be here in
November, and I suppose I shall stay in the neighborhood,
somewhere in Brabant, after all. But as I think they are
expecting guests, who are in the habit of coming in the
beginning of the winter until, say, Christmas, I myself
immediately told them of my intended trip, which in reality
I had not planned at all, and should not have thought of
without a special reason.
Something else - if you come, let me know what train you're
taking and please come by way of Eindhoven, so that I can meet
you at the station there. Then we'll go together to that fellow
I'm making those decorations for - the six canvases I wrote you
about. That art lover is now copying them, and all six of them
are at his house. He is a very pleasant fellow, by profession a
goldsmith and a chaser of brass and other metals for church
decorations, etc. if you leave Utrecht early in the morning, I
think you will be in Eindhoven a little before or after twelve
o'clock. That would be exactly the best time for us to go there
together, and we can either take the train or walk to Nuenen
1. See letter 380 to Theo of September 30, 1884.
At this time, Vincent was 31 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Anthon van Rappard. Written 2nd half September 1884 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number R49.
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