My dear Theo,
I had hoped to hear from you today, thinking that you surely
would have received the case.
I remember having written on the dispatch form that
the case was to be delivered at the house.
But as stuff sent by goods train often remains standing
in the station, if you have not already received the
case, you had better call and see.
I have got them to repaint the house, the front, the doors,
and the windows both inside and out. Only I must pay 10 francs
as my share. But I think that it will be very well worth
I am working with pleasure.
I hope you will have as fine a Sunday in Paris as we are
having here; there is a glorious sun, and no wind.
Write me at once, I have no money at all.
With a handshake for you and Koning.
What exactly is the exchange that Koning is to make with me?
He asked me for two drawings for one study of his. I accepted,
telling him to give you the study, but I have had no reply to
that. If it means that friend Koning has changed his mind and
would prefer not to exchange anything, of course I shall not
insist at all.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 27 May 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 491.
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